Bought a brand new hard drive, installed it, but when I go to initialize it I keep getting an I/O device error RRS feed

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  • Just got a seagate barracuda 4tb hard drive. When I go into the disk manager it show up uninitialized, but shows the available space. I try to initialize it with gpt or mbr and it comes back with an I/O device error.
    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:34 AM


  • Hi,

    I guess you are using Windows XP 32-bit.
    Windows XP 32-bit cannot use over 2 TB volume. Your 4 TB is available if it is formatted with GPT, but Windows XP  32-bit doesn't support GPT.

    Windows XP has come to an end of support, so I recommend to use Windows 10 for your 4TB HDD and from the point of security.



    Monday, December 11, 2017 7:05 AM