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Internal hard drives

by murman / July 11, 2015 8:11 AM PDT

I have a windows 7 pro 32 bit machine. It has a 1tb drive with the operating system on it and a 250 gb drive as a 2nd drive. It's used for photos, music etc. This drive is just about full. My question is: can I replace this drive with a 1tb drive? Will there be any conflicts using this setup? I also have a 1tb external usb hard drive I use to backup the two internal drives. With the external drive plugged in, will there be any problems? That would be 3 tb's. I've read alot about the 2.2tb limit, but don't really fully understand it. Please don't confuse me to much lol. Thanks

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Should be fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 11, 2015 8:25 AM PDT
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As to problems the answer must be yes. That is, folk have PC issues all the time and while I can't foresee any issue here, it can't be discounted. That said, I'd do this.

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Back up the 250 GB drive & restore to the 1 TB one
by wpgwpg / July 11, 2015 8:25 AM PDT
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If you back up the 250 GB drive (possibly to that external drive), you can replace the 250 GB drive with the 1 TB one, then restore from the backup. Another way would be to buy a $20 external enclosure, put the 250 GB drive in it, install the 1 TB drive and copy into it.
As far as the 2.2 TB limit goes, that applies to a single drive, so with two 1 TB internal drives and one external one, you won't have any problems. If you should buy a 3 TB or larger drive, you just format it GPT (instead of MBR), then use it normally. It's really easy to do, you just have to know to do it.

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internal hard drives
by murman / July 11, 2015 12:53 PM PDT

Thanks all for answering, I wanted to purchase 2 1tb drives. I wanted to replace the 250gb drive with one of the tb drives. The other I wanted to put in a rosewill enclosure and use that to backup to. I was really worried that windows couldn't address all three of the drives, since that would be 3tb with the usb one on also. I knew about the 2.2tb limit on a single drive, but couldn't find a definitive answer about the 2 internal drives, plus the external drive, all turned on at the same time. I have 3 other external drives with the 250 gb drive backed up to all of them ( can't have enough backup storage) and had planned to restore from one of them. I feel alot easier about it now. Thanks again

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throw them all in there, LOL.
by James Denison / July 12, 2015 9:38 AM PDT
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If you have space. Old motherboards could run 4 drives, newer motherboards often can run 6 or if PATA is used, even more.

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