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formatting a 4TB HDD

Hi all, I just bought a 4TB Seagate HDD. I put it in my Windows 7 machine, went to Disk Management to format it. it first asked me a question, I forgot what it asked exactly, but it wanted me to choose between using MBR or GPD or something. It recommended to use GPD for hardrives over 2TB, so I chose the GPD. I'm using this HDD for data storage, not as my C: drive. Did I make the right choice?
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  1. Yes you did. MBR will only get you 2TB partitions, but it can be booted from. You might have some problems with computers with XP.
  2. Best answer
    You need to initialize the HDDs over 2TB in size with the GPT partitioning scheme.
    Here's additional info on the subject: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2581408
  3. also most moddern mobos can boot from gpd
  4. thanks guys. another quick question. when formatting to NTFS, is there a difference if you use the quick format option vs the non-quick one? i chose the non-quick option and its taking a very very long time.
  5. Yeah, you should have quick-formatted the drive. A full-format of a 4TB drive will take 4+ hours. Probably best to let it run now that you've started it.
    You only really need to full-format a drive if you're having file corruption issues that can't be fixed with the chkdsk command.
  6. thanks
  7. by the way, the hardware in my signature file is old. i have built a newer PC since then. in case anyone is wondering :)
  8. Yes, I hope this make difference between MBR and GPD clearer.
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