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Read GPT hard disk on Windows XP


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I have seen for a long time that it is possible install WindowsServer2003-KB919117 update on Windows xp to read GPT disks.
I have noted that disk.sys must be extracted to work in XP and I don't remember what this means.
Do you know information to read GPT disks in XP? I want to read a USB disk.

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I have copied the disk.sys and partmgr.sys files from Windows 2003 to Windows XP.
But nothing new happens.
The disk appears in the disk manager as a protective GPT partition
I leave the attachments.
Caution, Spanish version, I don't know if they are the same as English version
Edit: They are the same in English as in Spanish

partmgr.sys disk.sys

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They are the same in English as in Spanish
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Check that the files are actually in place, the system may have restored them during boot from the dllcache folder. Or the problem is that the USB drive, I only checked for SATA. The language of the files does not matter, they are all identical.

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On 9/25/2020 at 4:32 PM, Cixert said:

I have found another solution, https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-hardware/gpt-drives-in-xp/1826b5ee-107d-4274-83c7-3a0e0b50a958 Paragon GPT loader for XP, I have not tried it yet.

i had the uptodate version, Paragon GPT Loader v10.5.0.95 i dont know if is right to add an attach here in the forum

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On 9/24/2020 at 7:38 PM, RainyShadow said:

When i did this i checked with USB drives and it worked fine.

Probably Windows restored the original files for you...

 

Indeed, Windows restored the files.
So I have overwritten:
\ WINDOWS \ system32 \ dllcache \ disk.sys
\ WINDOWS \ system32 \ drivers \ disk.sys
\ WINDOWS \ system32 \ dllcache \ partmgr.sys
\ WINDOWS \ system32 \ drivers \ partmgr.sys
At this moment Windows XP asks me for the CD to replace these unknown versions.
I have answered that I want to keep them.
When I have rebooted the system
WINDOWS XP DOES NOT START, THE SCREEN FREEZES !!!
These are the versions I have tried:
disk.sys => 5.2.3790.3959
partmgr.sys => 5.2.3790.3959
Which do you have? @RainyShadow

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11 hours ago, Cixert said:

Which do you have? @RainyShadow

Sorry, that XP system i used at work is long gone, so i can't check anymore. Our idiotic "network administrator" forced me to use a half-assed desktop with a fricken Win10 instead of fixing their configuration mistakes and blaming us for them...

I believe it was the ones from the file linked here - https://msfn.org/board/topic/181691-6tb-hdd-for-xp/?do=findComment&comment=1184414 

 

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On 9/24/2020 at 4:30 PM, Cixert said:

I have copied the disk.sys and partmgr.sys files from Windows 2003 to Windows XP.
But nothing new happens.
The disk appears in the disk manager as a protective GPT partition
I leave the attachments.
Caution, Spanish version, I don't know if they are the same as English version

partmgr.sys 24.5 kB · 4 downloads disk.sys 39 kB · 5 downloads

Finally it has worked so much v. 5.2.3790.3959 (w2003 SP2) as v. 5.2.3790.1830 (w2003 SP1) Both files have = number of bytes, only version number changes.
The files to download that I have put in the previous comment are valid for all languages (at least they work with XP English & XP Spanish).
You copy original files to another folder before replacing them
The issues that may appear before they work are:
-By pasting disk.sys & partmgr.sys in
\ WINDOWS \ system32 \ dllcache
\ WINDOWS \ system32 \ drivers
the original versions of Windows XP are fully or partially restored.
To solve them, you have to paste both files very very quickly in both folders and then update the view of the folder, checking that version 5.2 has been fixed
-The ideal is to paste the files on the hard drive from another operating system.
-Check that there are no older versions in other directories such as \ Windows \ LastGoods
-The first time Windows XP starts with the new files it takes several minutes. Be patient and wait.

How can I make a KB updater to update these files with an installer for Windows XP? No need to paste files...
I have a service pack 4 for Windows XP in Spanish and I would like to include them.

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On 9/27/2020 at 3:50 AM, WINUSERUntil2023 said:

i had the uptodate version, Paragon GPT Loader v10.5.0.95 i dont know if is right to add an attach here in the forum

I've been looking at the matter thoroughly and from what it seems the latest Paragon GPT Loader driver that exists officially is 8.0.1.0 and contains many bugs.
Yes, there is Paragon GPT Loader 10.5.0.95 but it is just a program that contains the 8.0.1.0 driver (long live the confusion, long live the marketing).
There is also Paragon HFS for Win to read drives with MAC format and it also contains the GPT 8.0.1.0 driver
In addition to the official version there is a fork that corrects the bugs. The current fork version is 8.0.1.2
On their website they do not give the full version 8.0.1.2 (although it exists on other websites). They only give legally the patches to correct the official version
http://hardwarefetish.com/777-paragon-gpt-loader-3
(on this website there are only patches for 8.0.1.0, there is no full version)

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