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Using 32bit formated drive in 64bit systems

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  • Windows Vista
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Last response: in Storage
March 6, 2012 8:47:19 PM

I NTFS formatted a brand new WD 2TB drive and populated it with data using a Windows XP 32Bit system. The drive now had a remainder of 283GB useable. I hooked the drive up to a Windows Vista 64Bit system. Diskmanager shows the drive as healthy and the appropriate size. I was unable to access or view the data and a I/O error occured. Am I missing something, should I have initialized the drive when hooked up the Vista system?

Thanks in advance!

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a b G Storage
March 6, 2012 9:46:59 PM

The OS (XP-32bit or Vista-64bit) should not make a difference.

however being your XP machine is older it may not be able to see such a large drive (motherboard limitation)

Try doing a bios update of the XP's motherboard.
March 6, 2012 10:33:12 PM

Actually check for bios update for the Vista64bit system..