No XP Access To Win7 GPT-based External HDD

November 23, 2011 at 11:22:45
Specs: Windows XP
Cannot access an external hdd as it says it's GPT, (GUID Partition Table; Protective Partition???). Must had done something to make that happen but can't remember what. The thing is now it's accessible only from the Windows 7 laptop but not from the XP desktop. That's where it says it's GPT.

Is there a way to access it; bear in mind I don't want to format it as there are information on it that I need. It's got backups on it. Even if that was an option, whenever the drive is right clicked, the menu is greyed out except, 'help'.

Being a 3TB drive there's enough space to add more backups, but not for the XP computer.

Is there a way around this GPT thing?


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#1
November 23, 2011 at 12:27:49
Paragon have a solution: http://www.paragon-software.com/tec... , but this is only for internal drives. I'm not sure that there is any way to get a 3TB external drive to work with XP (except, of course, if it were NAS rather than diectly attached).

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#2
November 23, 2011 at 13:05:55
Run a virtual machine.

Some posts suggest macdrive software might work.

Go to 64 bit xp.

Go to a Vista or Windows 7 OS.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#3
November 23, 2011 at 15:15:37
Thank you ijack and Jefro for your replies.

Not sure what running a virtual machine is suppose to do. Please tell.

What do you mean go to a 64bit XP - I'm running XP Professional as it is, if that's what you mean.

Will look around the Paragon site some more but so far it seems as though it's only for drives less then 2TB. It says there's a larger capacity software available but can't see an option to buy.


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#4
November 23, 2011 at 16:50:27
Some virtual machines can access usb, so you run xp and a vm and on the vm run an os that has gpt support.

You could run it as a shared folder on the windows 7 also.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#5
November 23, 2011 at 23:37:43
Or, easier, attach it to the laptop and then share it. Access it from the desktop over the network.

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#6
November 24, 2011 at 03:28:49
Thanks again guys for your replies.

Should had pointed out, not all that techie.

Don't understand the VM idea much; how do you share a folder in Win 7? And how do you attach and share a laptop with the desktop?

Does both these suggestions mean the XP can be backed up to the GPT hdd?


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#7
November 24, 2011 at 04:08:45
Here's how to share folders: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind... . As long as the two computers are attached to the same network you could then use the shared drive to back up from XP.

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#8
November 24, 2011 at 05:45:11
Followed the instructions from the link given, (thanks), but when it came to the, 'go into network' a) 'network', wasn't easily found - had to use, 'search', then, b) the network page itself was blank.

*EDIT* Just restarted the computer, went back to network, (using 'search' again); this time only the Windows 7 computer appears.


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