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September 21, 2013 1:32:10 PM

I recently built my first computer and I have 2 hard drives, a solid state drive for my os and a 4 terabyte hard drive for everything else. Both hard drives appear in the device list but only one appears in the local storage list that I can save to. What can I do to be able to save to the second hard drive?

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a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 2:44:55 PM

Click start, type disk and select "create and format hard disk partitions." You should see both but the hdd will be unallocated. Right click and select initialize disk. Use gpt if you want a single 4tb partition. Then right click and select "new simple volume" and follow the on screen instructions.




September 21, 2013 3:23:48 PM

k1114 said:
Click start, type disk and select "create and format hard disk partitions." You should see both but the hdd will be unallocated. Right click and select initialize disk. Use gpt if you want a single 4tb partition. Then right click and select "new simple volume" and follow the on screen instructions.






Ok I did that and it had the 4 tb separated into 2 sections one with 2047 fb and the other 1678.02 gb I was inks able to use new simple volume on one and the other wont give me any options to do the same.
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a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 4:54:12 PM

If you selected mbr, you will need to reinitialize the disk and select gpt. This will delete any data on it.
September 21, 2013 5:09:20 PM

Imcraig289 said:
k1114 said:
Click start, type disk and select "create and format hard disk partitions." You should see both but the hdd will be unallocated. Right click and select initialize disk. Use gpt if you want a single 4tb partition. Then right click and select "new simple volume" and follow the on screen instructions.






Ok I did that and it had the 4 tb separated into 2 sections one with 2047 fb and the other 1678.02 gb I was inks able to use new simple volume on one and the other wont give me any options to do the same.


k1114 said:
If you selected mbr, you will need to reinitialize the disk and select gpt. This will delete any data on it.

When I right click on it I'm not given an option to use mbr or gpt or anything it goes straight to new single volume new spanned volume etc. on the second volume it has all these options greyed out, and on the first one it only gives the option for a new single partition
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 7:11:50 PM

When you initialize the disk it should have popped up to choose mbr or gpt.

Right click the one you can use, and delete volume. Then right click the left area and select convert to gpt.
September 21, 2013 7:21:20 PM

k1114 said:
When you initialize the disk it should have popped up to choose mbr or gpt.

That's what I said it didn't give me the opertunity to initialize disk when I right clicked it it just says "new simple volume. Both were labelled not allocated instead of not initialized like in your screenshot.
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 7:27:57 PM

What mobo do you have? And are you using 64 bit windows?
September 21, 2013 7:38:34 PM

k1114 said:
What mobo do you have? And are you using 64 bit windows?


64 bit windows 7 ultimate
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 7:45:39 PM

Mobo?
September 21, 2013 7:48:14 PM

k1114 said:
Mobo?


If you mean motherboard it's a gigabyte lga 1155
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 8:34:06 PM

I need the model number.
September 21, 2013 8:36:21 PM

k1114 said:
I need the model number.


Ga-z777x-ud3h
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 9:06:05 PM

When you right click the left area, does it say convert to gpt? If it does, then right click the partition you can use, and delete volume. Then right click the left area and select convert to gpt.
September 21, 2013 9:19:42 PM

k1114 said:
When you right click the left area, does it say convert to gpt? If it does, then right click the partition you can use, and delete volume. Then right click the left area and select convert to gpt.


No it doesn't even mention gpt, and is there any reason that I'd be locked out of using half of my hard drive like this?
I can make the left most partition into a lettered drive easily now but I'd be missing out on about 2 terabytes
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 10:29:16 PM

Does it say convert to mbr? The only reason you can't use the whole hdd is if it wasn't gpt. Your mobo should default to efi but you can check that. In bios, peripherals, pci rom priority should be set to efi compatible.
September 21, 2013 10:42:51 PM

I have no idea what any of that means, the only option it gives me when I even have an option is to do a "new single volume"
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 10:49:21 PM

In the left area, where is says disk 1, when you right click there what options does it say?
September 21, 2013 10:52:32 PM

k1114 said:
In the left area, where is says disk 1, when you right click there what options does it say?


Of the two un allocated partitions when I right click the left one it gives me the options shown in your second screen shot.
a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 10:57:28 PM

The spot where it says disk 1, should show the new volume options like the second screenshot, but there will also be convert options and offline option. Those options are not shown when right clicking the partition and only shown when right clicking the disk. What convert options are there?
September 21, 2013 11:05:15 PM

k1114 said:
The spot where it says disk 1, should show the new volume options like the second screenshot, but there will also be convert options and offline option. Those options are not shown when right clicking the partition and only shown when right clicking the disk. What convert options are there?


Ok I just right clicked the disc itself and it is showing "new spanned volume, new striped volume, new mirrored volume, raid-5 volume, convert to dynamic disc, convert to gpt disc, and offline. All of these are greyed out. Upon closer look at it the hard drive is in 3 parts one part is 150 mb and is the system reserved so I can't delete that partition and the other two are the unallocated space.

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a b G Storage
September 21, 2013 11:17:17 PM
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There are 2 issues. You will need to move the system reserved partition. This caused the second issue: you are in mbr and you need to be in gpt.

Shrink the volume on the ssd so you have an extra 100mb partition. Turn off the pc and unplug the hdd. Put in the windows cd, boot to it and select repair. This should create a system reserved partition on the ssd. You can then put the hdd in, delete the system reserved on the hdd and convert to gpt.
September 21, 2013 11:27:32 PM

k1114 said:
There are 2 issues. You will need to move the system reserved partition. This caused the second issue: you are in mbr and you need to be in gpt.

Shrink the volume on the ssd so you have an extra 100mb partition. Turn off the pc and unplug the hdd. Put in the windows cd, boot to it and select repair. This should create a system reserved partition on the ssd. You can then put the hdd in, delete the system reserved on the hdd and convert to gpt.


After 2 nail biting hours where I wasn't sure I'd have a computer again and re installing every driver I had the end result was that it worked, thank you.
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