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Western Digital hard drives compatible with Vista


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Rabbitshoes

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Hi everyone, I'm using Vista home premium 32bit SP2 and also have 3 Western Digital my book hard drives. The ones I have are old versions but now there are new version drives so if I buy the new drives will they be compatible with Vista? 

The older version drives which I have work fine with Vista. They are ones linked below.

https://www.wdc.com/...ge/my-book.html

I want to know if the newer version drives will work with Vista? They are linked below.

https://www.wdc.com/...y-book-new.html


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Yisroel

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Hi Rabbitshoes and welcome to GeeksToGo!

 

The new drives are the same technology (magnetic HDD) and it can certainly be made compatible with anything the old drives are. That said, the old drives used to come formatted with the NTFS file-system which is fully supported by Windows since XP. While the newer drives are formatted exFAT which is only supported natively in Windows from Vista SP2.

 

So given that you run Vista SP2 (which BTW is a really not good, because Windows Vista support ends in less than a month which means you'll get no more important security updates) the new My Book drives should work for you A-okay.


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