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    Hi All
    I just installed Windows 7 Home Premium with no problems. I am getting a message that says I should create a new backup of my system (which I'm all for) in the new system format. It's also telling me that I'll need somewhere between 149 - 170 GB of free disk space. I don't have that much free space on any of my internal or external hard drives I have thought about buying a new 1 TB external hard drive, but I don't know if my system (32-bit) can address all that memory. Any Hints? Maybe I should just get about a 320 GB drive for the backup?
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    32 bit windows has a limit on the amount of memory it can access - this limit is about 3.5 GBytes.

    32 bit windows does not have a limit on the size of the hard drive it can access, so you should have no problems at all with your 1TB disk drive.

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    I would NOT use this back up.

    I would turn OFF this backup and install a third party imaging program such as Shadow or True Image. Any size of a GOOD external drive will work, but a 250 GIG or larger will be good enough..

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    A 1 TB disk shouldn't be a problem, NTFS supports much, much more. (Remember, disk space is not the same as memory!)

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    [quote name='HansV' post='799690' date='24-Oct-2009 17:45']NTFS supports partitions up to 2 TB.[/quote]
    Golly, Hans, if that were true my intended 6 TB NAS device is going to have a problem!
    I think the maximum volume size for NTFS is 16ExaBytes!
    (Doesn't the 2 TB limit apply to FAT-32?)
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    BATcher, you're correct (I should have double-checked; there's a lot of nonsense out there). Thanks for pointing out the error.

    I will edit my reply to foureyes.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='799693' date='24-Oct-2009 18:09']BATcher, you're correct (I should have double-checked; there's a lot of nonsense out there). Thanks for pointing out the error.

    I will edit my reply to foureyes.[/quote]
    If you like, you can scrub all the answers starting with my first one, to avoid confusion!
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