How to get a usb 1tb hdd to be seen on windows xp as a thumb drive

mike_06

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i have a 1TB seagate portable usb hard drive, i am using it for MDT Media, i can boot to it on desktops, but have problems with it being seen on laptops when i go to boot selection (f-9 HP, F-12 Dell),

is there a way to change the way the drive is seen in BIOS? i have no problems with usb drives below 1TB, usb option is always there until i go to the 1TB drive
 

phil22

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My guess is the BIOS on those laptops does not support drives over 1TB capacity.

There may be a BIOS patch or update from the laptops' respective manufacturers which removes that limit, but don't install any such updates unless and until you know they do actually address that particular problem (read the accompanying notes on their BIOS download page).

Because updating the BIOS can be potentially disastrous if something goes wrong, you need to have a good reason for doing it).
 

mike_06

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I did go and get the latest bios update for this laptop. I am now able to boot up to the USB drive. I found that like on HP laptops, u can set a delay so that it can read all drives before booting up, this model of dell did not have that option, still doesnt after the bios upgrade, so it must have been programmed in as i can now see my usb drive as a choice for bootup
 

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