Windows 10: Computer does not recognize external hard drive Solved

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  1. Posts : 40
    Windows10 Home Edition
    Thread Starter
       17 Aug 2017 #11

    Yes,everything is greyed out.Just a thought,didn't I read somewhere that 2 gigabytes is the limit for MBR.
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  2. Posts : 40
    Windows10 Home Edition
    Thread Starter
       17 Aug 2017 #12

    Yes,I have,everything is greyed out.Don't know how true this is but googled it and says only 2 terabytes on MBR.
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  3. Posts : 40
    Windows10 Home Edition
    Thread Starter
       17 Aug 2017 #13

    Yes I have but everything is greyed out.I googled it and says there is a 2.2terabyte limit on MBR.Would this be true.
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  4.    17 Aug 2017 #14

    eore said: View Post
    Here is an update,formatted to mbr,works good and dvd player recognizes it.One drawback,I don't know if I did something wrong but I followed the tutorial to the letter.Formatted only 2 terabytes,the rest is unallocated and probably unusable but that's ok.
    MBR is limited to 2TB when using 512-byte sectors, although I don't know if this is per disk or per partition. Seems to be the former.

    Have you tried creating a second partition? Does it even allow that?
    Last edited by eddman; 17 Aug 2017 at 09:43.
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  5. Posts : 40
    Windows10 Home Edition
    Thread Starter
       17 Aug 2017 #15

    I have not tried that but think I will live with it the way it is.Still gives me more storage than I need.Sorry about the three previous posts,don't know why they are all the same.
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  6. Posts : 5,418
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       17 Aug 2017 #16

    eore said: View Post
    Sorry about the three previous posts,don't know why they are all the same.
    If you go back and edit each of the 'extras' there's a 'delete this post' above the editor.
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  7. Posts : 357
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       17 Aug 2017 #17

    Your smart TV which is of recent origin can recognise GPT initialised drives whereas your old DVD Player would recognise only MBR initialised drives.

    Your old >2TB drives like 3TB, 4TB, came as advanced formatted MBR drives. Reason why your DVD player could see them. ( Those days Hard drive manufacturers resorted to this advanced formatted MBR drives to make these greater than 2TB drives compatible with GPT-blind Windows XP 32 bit systems which were prevalent then)
    .
    With support for Windows XP coming to an end, the HDD manufacturers jettisoned the advance formatted MBR drives and all new greater than 2 TB drives now come initialised as GPT drives out of the factory. http://knowledge.seagate.com/article...language=en_US

    So stick to 2TB drives and MBR if you want to use with your old DVD player. ( I believe that the newer DVD players may recognise GPT HDDs just like your Smart TVs)
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  8. Posts : 357
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       17 Aug 2017 #18

    Your smart TV which is of recent origin can recognise GPT initialised drives whereas your old DVD Player would recognise only MBR initialised drives.

    Your old >2TB drives like 3TB, 4TB, came as advanced formatted MBR drives. Reason why your DVD player could see them. ( Those days Hard drive manufacturers resorted to this advanced formatted MBR drives to make these greater than 2TB drives compatible with GPT-blind Windows XP 32 bit systems which were prevalent then)
    .
    With support for Windows XP coming to an end, the HDD manufacturers jettisoned the advance formatted MBR drives and all new greater than 2 TB drives now come initialised as GPT drives out of the factory. http://knowledge.seagate.com/article...language=en_US

    So stick to 2TB drives and MBR if you want to use with your old DVD player. ( I believe that the newer DVD players may recognise GPT HDDs just like your Smart TV)
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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