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are there any limits in hard disk sizes connected via USB?

Posted on 2004-10-19
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Hello!

I have external box for connecting hard disks via USB interface (USB 1.1). This worked good so far, but I always used smaller disks - 40GB max. Now I would like to have more storage so I bought 200GB WD hard disk, but looks like it is not recognizeable. Is this famous 137GB limit or something else?

Using Windows XP Prof.
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Question by:Tomaž Borštnar
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Most likely. Make sure you have Service Pack 1 or 2 installed.  
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There are hardware limites, but new stuff will support up a lest 300 GB.

I think xp pro limit is  4 TB (4 x 1000 GB)
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XP's limit is 16TB -4KB using 4K clusters
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I have a 250GB drive I connect via usb in XP Pro SP1 and SP2 and it works fine. Whatever problem you are having, its not the 137GB limit you speak of.
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It sounds like you have a problem with your external box not working with large disks. It being only USB1.1. Older HD enclosures had size limits and would not function with larger disks. You might want to invest in a newer enclosure.
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by:Tomaž Borštnar
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Today I tried with 120GB hard disk and it had same problems. Time to buy new enclosure I think.
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