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WD Elements 2.5TB !! only £72.99 from amazon UK
WD Elements 2.5TB !! only £72.99 from amazon UK

WD Elements 2.5TB !! only £72.99 from amazon UK

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1 single 2.5TB Drive - thats massive
WD quality inside and out - designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the best selling drives in the world
Plug-and-play simplicity - just connect the power and plug it into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer
Designed to save power - turns on and off with your computer, and enters idle mode when not in use
Earth-friendly packaging - packaged in a minimised eco-friendly, recyclable packaging made from recycled materials
Preformatted for PC - designed for use with Windows-based computers. Can be easily reformatted for use with Mac

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Mmm...tempting...:D...only catch is the one to three month waiting time for purchasing direct from Amazon UK

Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it up... awesome deal though.

Edited by: "Sin_of_nature" 10th Jun 2011

My 2TB one from Dixons has just showed up and it's DOA

3 month wait??!! blimey oreilly!!

Sin_of_nature

Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it … Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it up... awesome deal though.



You could always format the bulk of it (up to the 2TB maximum limit) and then any remaining space could be added as a mount point on the main partition...not ideal but at least the disk space would be there to be used without an additional drive letter being used up.

Anyone know if this is a single drive inside the unit or two drives?

robpears

Anyone know if this is a single drive inside the unit or two drives?



Did the "1 single 2.5TB Drive - thats massive"
part of the post not answer this :-)



Sin_of_nature

Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it … Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it up... awesome deal though.

Sin_of_nature

Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing … Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it up... awesome deal though.



I thought that only applied to the boot drive?

Now £89.99 from amazon. Plus 3TB ones will be this cheap by the time this arrives!

Scotty Boy

You could always format the bulk of it (up to the 2TB maximum limit) and … You could always format the bulk of it (up to the 2TB maximum limit) and then any remaining space could be added as a mount point on the main partition...not ideal but at least the disk space would be there to be used without an additional drive letter being used up.

Having more than one partition is quite a pain on Windows whichever way you look at it. Eject may also act funny.

Didn't WD use logical 4K sectors for the USB drives, and presumably that works better than via eSATA? That may extend the barrier to 16TB...

Can't you just format with a GPT partition to get around the 2tb limit. As long as you're not booting from it , it should work.
just my 2c..

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trevortronics

Can't you just format with a GPT partition to get around the 2tb limit. … Can't you just format with a GPT partition to get around the 2tb limit. As long as you're not booting from it , it should work.just my 2c..



That's what I thought.
As long as it's not a boot drive (shouldn't be if it's an external via USB), then you can format it as GPT.

"The maximum partition (and disk) size is a function of the operating system version. Windows XP and the original release of Windows Server 2003 have a limit of 2TB per physical disk, including all partitions. For Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP x64 edition, and later versions, the maximum raw partition of 18 exabytes can be supported. (Windows file systems currently are limited to 256 terabytes each.)"

Windows and GPT FAQ
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Edit - Link covering how to use GPT Drives.

Using GPT Drives
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The 2TB is a NTFS limit, it can not go above it. Yes you can format it as GPT but it means Win XP, Linux, Media Caddies cant read it. If thats not a problem, its a stunning deal. Windows 7 people will have no issues with GPT at all.



K1LLER HORNET

That's what I thought.As long as it's not a boot drive (shouldn't be if … That's what I thought.As long as it's not a boot drive (shouldn't be if it's an external via USB), then you can format it as GPT.


Sin_of_nature

Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it … Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it up... awesome deal though.



use ext4

Scotty Boy

[quote=Sin_of_nature] Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as … [quote=Sin_of_nature] Problem with 2.5TB is that you cant format it as NTFS without dividing it up... awesome deal though.[/quoteWhat a palaver, makes me so glad I'm a Mac user :-)You could always format the bulk of it (up to the 2TB maximum limit) and then any remaining space could be added as a mount point on the main partition...not ideal but at least the disk space would be there to be used without an additional drive letter being used up.


dc2447

use ext4



But even then there's been mixed support for mounting EXT4 partitions on Windows.

mikmac1

What a palaver, makes me so glad I'm a Mac user :-)



Run, it's a Mac User!!!!

Scotty Boy

But even then there's been mixed support for mounting EXT4 partitions on … But even then there's been mixed support for mounting EXT4 partitions on Windows.



what is this 'windows' you talk of? Is it like OSx or Linux?

dc2447

what is this 'windows' you talk of? Is it like OSx or Linux?



It's the old school software, where a hand-crank is recommended every now and then
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