New hard drive question (4k)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by dreamliner77, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    I'm looking at buying a few new hard drives, particularly the new Samsung 2TB F4 drives: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    This, as well as the WD EARS drives, use the new 4k addressing. So yeah, I know I need to format the drive in Vista, Win7 or a linux distro that supports it. At home right now, I'm only running all XP boxes and laptops. Can I format the drives on a Win7 box and then use the formatted drives in XP? Or is it even possible to format from within a virtual machine?
     
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    chastity Moderator Political User

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    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    I still haven't found a straight answer on whether a drive formatted in W7 or Vista will work correctly with XP or if it would still need emulation. Has anyone tried this yet?
     
  4. Xie

    Xie - geek - Subscribed User Folding Team

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    Seems like you still have to do more then that ... WD site. Hope it helps.