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Old 06-18-2019, 07:48 AM   #1
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I bought one of these drives-

Seagate Backup Plus Slim STDR2000102 2TB Portable Drive, Blue


It says supports Windows 7 +


I wish to be able to use with Windows xp, will it recognize the drive on a Windows xp p.c. as is ?

If not, can I format it to mbr so I can use it on Windows xp ?
I understand this should be possible if my drive isn't over 2 Terabyes?

If so, what program on Windows xp, can use to convert to this format ?

Is my Seagate Backup Plus Slim STDR2000102 2TB Portable Drive formatted to GPT by default ?


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Old 06-18-2019, 08:19 AM   #2
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Is my Seagate Backup Plus Slim STDR2000102 2TB Portable Drive formatted to GPT or NTFS by default ? If it is formatted to NTFS by default, then I should be able to use it on Windows xp p.c. by default right ?

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My thoughts, should be MBR (Not NTFS, that is the file system, NTFS can exist on both GPT and MBR, they both are Partition tables) and it will be NTFS only, unless it's for Mac OS.

If you want to check, go to Disk Management, Start--Run---Diskmgmt.msc, highlight your Disk in the list (Disk0, or in your case, probably Disk1) and then go to Volumes and it should tell you the Partition style MBR or GPT while your Filesystem will be NTFS.

So to answer the question, high chances, you should be able to access the Hard drive on XP without issues, and you should be able to access it.. GPT is only required for HDDs>2GB.
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Any drive that is 2TB or less can be Initialized MBR. Anything larger the 2TB will be initialized GPT. As stated, you can look at the drive in Disk Management, and it will tell what the drive is initialized as. You can also convert it here to MBR if you don't have data on it. The Format NTFS (the cluster size) To use a drive of this size on XP, it must be XP SP3. The drive size limit in XP SP3 is 2TB,. anything larger will not be seen. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/pre...removablemedia
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If you want to check, go to Disk Management, Start--Run---Diskmgmt.msc, highlight your Disk in the list (Disk0, or in your case, probably Disk1) and then go to Volumes and it should tell you the Partition style MBR or GPT while your Filesystem will be NTFS.

So to answer the question, high chances, you should be able to access the Hard drive on XP without issues, and you should be able to access it.. GPT is only required for HDDs>2GB.
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How to I go to Volumes where you say it would tell me the Partition style MBR or GPT from above screen shot ?


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Then you are good to go.
In Disk Management, right click Disk 6 in the left panel (the Seagate drive) and Choose Properties/Volumes tab
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^^ What he said :)
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