Flying Fox wrote:Advanced Format should not have anything to do with GPT vs MBR. You can have a non-AF drive converted to using GPT scheme if you like. AF is at the HDD level. GPT vs MBR is just a partition scheme, one level up in the layers of abstraction. And what you described about alignment and partition scheme has nothing to do with allocation size. That is a file system concept. 32-bit vs 64-bit certainly has nothing to do with the file system. Your terminologies are all mixed up.
The bottom line for you: time to move away from XP.
What's the model of your new drives? It may be helpful to know since a lot of these new drives do 512e emulation out of the box, so your pre-Vista era OS should read/write them without issues, albeit with some performance hit.
ShadowEyez wrote:WinXP does not support booting off GTP, you need win7-8 or linux with correct mobo support.
For anything over 2 TB you need GTP to boot, though from what I've heard, you can use a separate boot drive and have the 3tb drive accessed by the OS even if the mobo does not support GTP booting (ie most BIOS/non-UEFI boards), though the 3tb drive would still need to have GTP as the partition format.
Dai wrote:At the risk of being labeled as a caller on the "Mr. Obvious" show, when you say, "WinXP does not support booting off GTP" you mean as a boot drive and not just in the chain of drives connected to the mobo, correct?"
Dai wrote:My Gigabyte mobo has something like 8 SATA ports and 10 USB ports (plus a couple more). I think I've read that XP can handle as many drives as you throw at it - although it does have a 2.2TB partition limit - but, that doesn't mean that I could have 18 drives connected and running - overlooking the IDE support and DVD drive - If I wanted to, does it? I'm thinking no because of...IRQ limitations (although, don't expect me to explain this.)
Flying Fox wrote:Your problem is something else, I'm afraid I have to call you out on this to go back to your own thread and discuss any further theories about what you have been seeing. You are being really off topic. GPT vs MBR should have nothing to do with your problems.
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