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HDD-related FAQs

Available storage drives: 7 - 9.5 - 12.5 - 15 mm

CategoryModelMax. height of drive
XPC slimDS61, DS81, DS81L, DS87, DH110, DH110SE, DH170, DQ17012.5 mm
XS35 Series9.5 mm
XS36 Series9.5 mm
DX3012.5 mm
XH619.5 mm
XH61V, XH81, XH81V, XH97V, XH110, XH110V, XH170V9.5 mm lower bay
12.5 mm upper bay
DS47, DS407T, DS437, DS437T, DS57U Series, DS67U Series12.5 mm
XPC nanoNC01U Series, NS01A, NS02A, NS02E7 mm
NC02U Series15 mm
XPC all-in-oneX50V2, X50V2 Plus9.5 mm
X50V3, X50V3L, X50V4, X50V5, X70S, X70M12.5 mm
XPC accessoriesPHD39.5 mm

To make a large size HDD to be a single partition in Windows, please convert the partition style from MBR to GPT in Disk Management as below picture.

Due to the old Windows partition style (MBR) can only support to 2TB per partition, there is a new style called GPT (GUID Partition Table) mode, can support up to 18EB.

And there is another problem which the old legacy BIOS can’t support the HDD with GPT mode to be a bootable disk, it need to use the EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) to instead the legacy BIOS to make the GPT disk for booting.

:!: Note: Shuttle had imported the EFI with SH61R4, SH67H3/H7, SZ68R5 and all other new models after these models.

Below table shows the Windows operating system compatibility with large size HDD: (All the Windows version tested with latest version).

OSPlatformBoot from GPT with Legacy BIOSBoot from GPT with EFITo be a data disk
Windows XP32-Bit
Windows Vista32-Bit
Windows 732-Bit
  • Last modified: 2017/01/24 08:18
  • by christian