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does win 7 support 4+4 tb haard drives?

webazoid 481 160 November 10, 2015 at 06:57 PM
Hi,

I want to get a win 7 computer with 4 tb and 4 tb totaling 8 tb. Storing a lot of video files. I tried looking at the dells, and with the dell precision series, I can either get:

2 tb in win 7
4 tb in win 10

Can someone clarify how I can get 4+4?

I have a NAS with 4+4, but using a particular software that resides on hdd and can't sync w/ NAS.

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Buy your own hard drive and install it yourself...

Windows has a file system limit of 256TB for GPT partitioned disks. On disks formatted with an MBR partition table each partition is limited to 2TB.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/...aq_how_big
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You will need to have the motherboard and CMOS supports GPT format. The BIOS also needs to have UEFI feature if you also want to make the new large drive bootable. More info is available at
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581408

The limit is more on the motherboard/BIOS side than the system.
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Ya not a problem for storage. It's different if you want to boot from the drive. I would recommend you use a smaller faster drive (SSD Ideally) for windows and your programs then have drives as a storage.

What program are you using that can't use a NAS? Possible a backup program I am guessing?
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Ya not a problem for storage. It's different if you want to boot from the drive. I would recommend you use a smaller faster drive (SSD Ideally) for windows and your programs then have drives as a storage.

What program are you using that can't use a NAS? Possible a backup program I am guessing?
I agree with LiquidRetro a NAS is a very good idea.
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You can always use different software that works with the NAS. You can also map a network share a drive letter.
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You can always use different software that works with the NAS. You can also map a network share a drive letter.
My guess and it's a complete guess is that the OP might be using Backblaze. I use backblaze and want to get a NAS and they just don't allow it. They offer unlimited storage for $5 a month which is great but if you expand that to allow NAS your suddenly possibly talking about a ton more they have to store. SO they only allow local drives, no network drives or anything.

The solutions is possibly their new B2 storage and a program thats not yet written or offered something like crashplan that accepts a NAS but costs more. (And uses more resources). For me it's a giant pain to reupload everything so I have not done it yet.
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it's ge imaging software. NAS doesn't work. Will get a new computer.
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it's ge imaging software. NAS doesn't work. Will get a new computer.
Most computers from ~2010 on should support large hard drives. Older computers could require a bios update.

If you're buying a new computer, there's no point in trying to get the mfg to install (2) 4 tb hard drives. It's easy to install a hard drive.

"ge imaging" as in medical imaging?
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