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by Bob Ettinger on Fri Aug 12, 2022 2:32 pm
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I am trying to find the largest HD I can install internally in my PC. I know Win 10 PRO has no problem but can't find any information on BIOS/Firmware issues.

My PC is a Dell XPS8920. I have the latest firmware and the system is from June 2017 and has a 7th Generation Intel(R) Core(T M) i7-7700K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.5 GHz). I have a 4TB installed but want to go to either a 10 or 12TB. The specs on the system say 2TB is the largest but I replaced it with a 4TB and it is working fine.

I checked a brand new XPS8950 with 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-12700 processor (12-Core, 25MB Cache, 2.1GHz to 4.9GHz)and it says the same thing 2 TB.

I really don't think this is accurate but don't want to buy a drive I can't install.

Thanks for your help

Bob
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by E.J. Peiker on Fri Aug 12, 2022 5:26 pm
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Should be no problem at all.  BTW the largest currently available is the WD 22TB drive in both red and gold editions and even those should work.  You just have to format it as EXFAT Which it should default to.

I had a 10TB drive on a 4th gen processor running Win 7 without any issues.

Looks like somebody is just copying and pasting specs. .
 

by Bob Ettinger on Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:21 pm
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EJ,

That is what I thought but just wanted to be safe. If this is an internal 3.5" drive and not an SSD would it still require EXFAT and not NTFS? I thought that EXFAT was for solid state drives.

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by E.J. Peiker on Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:36 am
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Bob Ettinger wrote:
EJ,

That is what I thought but just wanted to be safe.  If this is an internal 3.5" drive and not an SSD would it still require EXFAT and not NTFS? I thought that EXFAT was for solid state drives.

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It might work with NTFS but EXFAT has a higher level of compatibility with all hardware.  Regardless, your system will only allow you to format it in a compatible way and won't even present you the other options so you will be OK regardless.  I believe Win 10 will default to EXFAT but my recent experience is with 16TB drives so it may default to something else with a 10TB drive.
 

by Bob Ettinger on Sat Aug 13, 2022 11:58 am
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EJ,

Thanks for the help.

Bob
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