(Solved) - xp Windows doesn't recognize G Tech NTSF drive(8 posts)
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I could find no driver updtes on CD or web site. The G-tech drive does show up in disc mangement as Disk 1, 931 GB Healthy(GPT Protective Partition) with no drive letter listed in the pane above. It will not take a drive letter at this time. The drive was formatted previously for my desktop Vista computer. I've been using it for at least 2 years, and love it. It doesn't show being formatted in the XP laptop. Does the G-Tech have to be formatted for each computer? If I do have to format for the XP will I lose the backups from the Vista computer?
Thanks for your answers and your patience.
I'm a little slow here. Formatting is unique to the PC's and their operating systems, and not to the G-TGech Drive. Is that correct? Can I retain the NTSF format In Vista and format FAT 32 on the XP computer. I really wanted to use NTSF on both computers. If I convert the Laptop XP disc format to MBR, can I then format it NTSF at that point?
Thanks for the replies to this little problem. After I backed up everything and deleted all the backup's rom the G-Tech hard drive, I used the link in Xhi's answer above to delete the GPT protective patition. After doing this, the wizard kicked in and led me through a drive leter assignment and the drive format. I wish I had known all of this earlier. I estimate about 5 hours to format the 1Gb disk. Now I know I could have set larger bites and finished the job quicker.
Looks like I'm back in business and able to use the NTFS format to back up the XP and the Vista PC. Thanks again Xhi.