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External SATA drive and IDE

by Milady_de_Winter / October 6, 2010 8:11 AM PDT

I have a Dell GX620 running XP Pro with an internal SATA drive and an external USB 2.0 SATA drive enclosure (2 dual drive bays, max 2 terabytes). Can I swap this external drive back and forth with my other PC, a Dell GX270 running XP Home and an internal IDE drive.

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No. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 6, 2010 1:01 PM PDT

XP Home (notice no service pack?) is limited to 127GB drives. Once you get to about Service Pack 2, that limit is gone and it should work.

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Other considerations.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 6, 2010 1:02 PM PDT
In reply to: No. Here's why.

While moving some USB drive about is supported (as we install the service packs) we know we can't swap the OS hard drives about.

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If you're talking about swapping an external HDD
by VAPCMD / October 6, 2010 1:18 PM PDT

between 2 PCs...believe that should work. That would require that both PCs have an interface common to the external drive...USB or eSATA.

Let us know.


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more system stats
by Milady_de_Winter / October 6, 2010 8:34 PM PDT

The XP Home has had Service Pack 2 (and most program updates) installed. Both machines have USB 2.0 compliant ports.

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(NT) Should work then. Just try.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 6, 2010 8:41 PM PDT
In reply to: more system stats
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