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Boot 4TB HDD on windows 7 (32-bit) ?

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Hi guys. My current HDD is in a process of dying, so I need to get a new one.

Long story short:
Will windows 7 (32-bit) recognize and be able to boot in any way from 4TB HDD, even if I would be left off with 2.2TB or less total disk space?

Current specs:
Asus p5l-mx
Pentium D 925
Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200
GF9800GT

Details of my situation:

I am not planning to upgrade any other components of my pc untill I buy a new one. If I will buy a large HDD for data storage, In the future I would only need to build a pc with SSD for boot. So in the end I will end up with a new pc with SSD for system boot, and 4TB (that i want to buy now) for data. And basicly won't require another upgrade in a very long time.

My pc is usually on for 10-19 hours a day, so all WD and Seagate Barracuda drives that I have concidered previously don't suit me as they are recommended to be used 8hours a day 5 days a week.
After doing some research Ive decided to get Hitachi-HGST Deskstar 7K4000 HDS724040ALE640 0S03356 because all current Hitachi drives are made for 24/7 use.

So, as I will have to use this 4TB HDD for booting my current system, I have a few concerns: The thing is that I have an old motherboard, and 32-bit windows.

1. Motherboard has Sata2, and I've read that SATA 3 is backward compatible with that. So it should be not a problem, right?
2. 32-bit windows limit. (Pentium D) As shown here http://www.hgst.com/internal-drives/above-2tb boot is unavailable. But I don't know what exactly does it mean. Do the limitations shown should be only kept in mind concidering having all 4TB disk space, and can the HDD work as a boot drive formattet in MBR with only 2TB space available? Because I can live with 2TB untill the time comes, unfortunately there are no 2TB Hitachi HDD's available around here.
3.If theres anything else I have missed? Like, maybe there are anything else about my Motherboard that should be a problem to use this HDD?

Your answers are much appreciated.
Edited by Masterski - 2/22/13 at 3:01am
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1. yes they're compatible

2. 32bit OS do not support booting to high capacity drives which are larger than 2.2TB
however

also drives larger than 2TB must use a GPT rather than an MBR. you can boot from a GPT volume as long as your mobo supports efi (Extensible Firmware Interface).
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You will have to have 2 partitions.
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2. 32bit OS do not support booting to high capacity drives which are larger than 2.2TB
however

also drives larger than 2TB must use a GPT rather than an MBR. you can boot from a GPT volume as long as your mobo supports efi (Extensible Firmware Interface).
Well mine doesnt support it so... why not MBR? What if Id do it like Sean proposes:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

You will have to have 2 partitions.
Sean, so as I understand I will be able to boot from that 4tb hdd if i make two 2TB partitions in MBR and put windows on one of them? Won't i just have 2tb and rest space unallocated? Guys please be more detailed.
Edited by Masterski - 2/22/13 at 7:43am
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The master boot record a has a 2.2TB partition size limitation, so in order for your HDD to work you would have to make two partitions and yes they both will be usable.
If you wanted your 4TB drive to be one whole partition, then you would have to use GPT to overcome the 2.2TB limitation of MBR (which would require a motherboard which supports EFI)
Edited by DizzlePro - 2/22/13 at 9:29am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DizzlePro View Post

2. 32bit OS do not support booting to high capacity drives which are larger than 2.2TB
however

also drives larger than 2TB must use a GPT rather than an MBR. you can boot from a GPT volume as long as your mobo supports efi (Extensible Firmware Interface).
Well mine doesnt support it so... why not MBR? What if Id do it like Sean proposes:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

You will have to have 2 partitions.
Sean, so as I understand I will be able to boot from that 4tb hdd if i make two 2TB partitions in MBR and put windows on one of them? Won't i just have 2tb and rest space unallocated? Guys please be more detailed.
Yea, 2 x 2TB partitions. You make them with the windows installer when you install windows, you can make the second when you are booted into the OS and use disk management if you don't make it during the install.

Do advanced install to have partitioning tool options.
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