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new harddrive 3tb but only shows as 746.24gb when formatted and initialised

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February 24, 2014 4:59:05 AM

I have added a new harddrive to my computer of 3tb,however when i have initialised it it shows as primary partition and only 756.24gb ,so where is the other space?
a b G Storage
February 24, 2014 5:02:21 AM

Is the partition in the MBR format, or GPT? If the partition was done in the standard MBR format, it will max out at 2TB; to see all 3TB, it will have to be created in the GPT format. If this is your system drive you'll have to leave it MBR as GPT is unbootable, however. If you need help with knowing where to go to find this information, let me know.
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a b G Storage
February 24, 2014 5:49:30 AM

Yes, to make full use of a 3TB disk, you need to initialize it as GPT disk. However, this problem is not caused by MBR or GPT. Depending on the chip in the enclosure, you may be able to upgrade its firmware so that it supports the full 3TB.
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February 24, 2014 3:14:31 PM

Skeefers said:
Is the partition in the MBR format, or GPT? If the partition was done in the standard MBR format, it will max out at 2TB; to see all 3TB, it will have to be created in the GPT format. If this is your system drive you'll have to leave it MBR as GPT is unbootable, however. If you need help with knowing where to go to find this information, let me know.


thanks I shall be trying these to try and sort it out
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a b G Storage
February 24, 2014 3:40:16 PM

Ok, let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to help.
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a c 887 G Storage
February 24, 2014 5:04:16 PM

You don't mention which motherbd you have, not all of them support drives larger that 2.2tb.
Several motherbfd manufacturers have utilities to enable full size support as do Seagate and Western Digital.
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