4TB HDD on Windows 7 64bit?

Hello everyone,

I would like your advice please. I'm thinking about getting a 4TB HDD for storage (slave drive, no OS). Would Windows 7 64bit handle this without RAID? Or would I need to partition the drive?

Thank you for helping me, a novice in this area. I appreciate your time and effort.
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  1. Here you go bud, this white paper should be able to answer some of your questions: http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/869E4925CC72E233862577E100235119/$file/Deskstar_3TB_FAQ_finalwebv2.pdf

    It does appear that you can use a 4TB data drive in Windows 7 x64, it just has to be formatted in a certain manner. Other considerations have to be taken into account if it is ever used as a boot drive though.

    Hope that helps!
  2. nullifier said:
    Here you go bud, this white paper should be able to answer some of your questions: http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/869E4925CC72E233862577E100235119/$file/Deskstar_3TB_FAQ_finalwebv2.pdf

    It does appear that you can use a 4TB data drive in Windows 7 x64, it just has to be formatted in a certain manner. Other considerations have to be taken into account if it is ever used as a boot drive though.

    Hope that helps!

    Thank you kindly! Yes, it appears there should be no problem with my OS.
    Again, thank you for the data sheet!
  3. When you partition the drive, partition it as GPT, not MBR.
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