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Reformatting a WD advanced format drive that's previously been aligned to XP to work on Windows 7 should work, right?

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November 12, 2013 6:12:00 PM

Been considering picking up this drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... to replace my old one. I understand my installation Windows XP SP2 installation disc should work fine as long as I run WD Align software utility afterwards.

But I'm wondering if this will cause any problems if I try to switch to Windows 7 at a later date. I was already planning to copy everything I wanted to save to an external HDD and reformat this one when installing 7 anyway, so that should work out...right?

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November 12, 2013 6:22:32 PM

Windows 7 will align the drive for you if you format it(it just starts the partition a small bit over).

If you have Windows 7 on another system you can even just format it in Win7 and it will be aligned and should work with XP.

If you get a drive over 2tb, you will have other considerations for using it with XP. At your current capacity as long as your board supports it, you are good to go.
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November 13, 2013 8:10:59 PM

Yeah, I'd heard about the 2.2tb limit of XP, which is why I went with this one. Anyway, thanks for the help!
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