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MBR format of 3TB drive in Windows 7

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Last response: in Storage
December 5, 2012 12:17:19 PM

I have a new 3TB drive that I want to format as MBR in windows 7 AND have it be bootable. I know the limitation of MBR, but can I break it into two partitions and do it with MBR? I have a Gigabyte Board:

http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...

Dont know if this board has UEFI capability but the bios update seems to indicate it might.

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a b G Storage
December 5, 2012 12:34:16 PM

You should be able to make partitions as long as the largest one is 2TB or less.
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December 5, 2012 4:37:27 PM

OK. So when I start this process in Windows 7, I just select MBR, and then from there, it will allow me to allocate space of 1.5TB or so?
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a b G Storage
December 5, 2012 4:40:21 PM

That's how it should work. Try it and let us know what happens.
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March 6, 2015 5:57:52 AM

fzabkar said:
There are ways to see the additional space as an MBR partition.

For example, you could use DiscWizard (Acronis) to turn the remaining space into a second "virtual" physical disk.

See http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Barracuda-XT-Barracuda-Bar...


Shouldn't computer management in admin tools in windows be able to do the same? I mean make two partitions with the first at around 2TB (less than 2TB) and the other with whatever remains. I wouldn't use that big discs for booting, but as a secondary storage disc and without gpt why not. I actually intend to buy one like this (seagate ST3000DM001) as a storage disc for my high bitrate 1080p videos.

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