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Author Topic: BIG Hard Drives on Old Computers  (Read 802 times)
DL8OV
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« on: November 25, 2017, 12:48:06 AM »

I want to consolidate all my various hard drives onto one device, and right now a local computer shop has a special offer on 8TB hard drives. This sounds like a lot but after I'm finished it will be about 60% full. The problem is how to share the drive between two machines using a SATA drive caddy:

Computer #1 is in the shack, it's a reasonably new machine with an UEFI BIOS.

Computer #2 is the apartment media PC, an old but quiet Dell that has a standard MBR based BIOS.

So, if I format the new drive on the Dell then it won't see the whole 8TB, but if I format the drive on the shack PC using UEFI it won't be readable on the Dell.

How do I solve this problem?

Peter DL8OV
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K6REA
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2017, 12:06:07 PM »

buy a newer pc.
junk the old one.

kevin rea
lancaster, calif.
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AC7CW
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2017, 12:24:09 PM »

buy a newer pc.
junk the old one.

kevin rea
lancaster, calif.
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I really do agree. Some people really love their old stuff, myself included at times, but I've learned the [very] hard way that there comes a cutoff point where it's time to upgrade. Your workaround solutions become even bigger problems and it's just better to go bargain hunting on ebay.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2017, 09:43:21 AM »

One possible solution might be to network your computers together. Leave the 8GB connected to one machine and share it so all PC's on your home LAN can read/write to it.

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AE5GT
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2017, 01:51:56 PM »

Consilidate everything to a single point of failure ? Huh  Undecided  Cry
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KLONDIKEMIKE
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2017, 02:58:51 PM »

One possible solution might be to network your computers together. Leave the 8GB connected to one machine and share it so all PC's on your home LAN can read/write to it.

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