Problem with new desktop hard drive


Stridey

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 17:27
I decided to invest in a new internal hard drive for my Dell Inspiron 560 computer, running Windows 7.

The drive is a Toshiba SATA 3Tb.

It is being installed as an additional drive and before partitioning, I selected Partition Type GPT as the disk is over 2 Tb. However before I even try to partition it, it states the maximum volume size is 764307 Mb.

Anyone got any clues as to how I need to install it, so that I can make use of the full 3 Tb ?

Many thanks in advance !

Nigel
Best regards
Nigel

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steven9761

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 17:31
Nigel - try this walkthrough:

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/80aa2d6b-bf08-49...

Open up your COMMAND LINE (CMD) as ADMINISTRATOR, then follow the instructions as per the walkthrough. This should get you working properly.

Stridey

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 17:45
Thanks for prompt response Steven. To confirm, I want to use the new (additional) disc for photo storage; the current disc which contains Windows software remains as-is. Does the link above just give me access to the space I can't see (ie above 764307 Mb.) ? I assume I don't need Windows install again as this won't be the boot drive.

Regards
Nigel
Best regards
Nigel

www.nigelstridephotography.co.uk

steven9761

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 17:59
You shouldn't need to install Windows to the additional disc. That walkthrough should correctly format the HD for you to indicate the correct size.

This link might be a bit more "user-friendly" in its approach to walking you through everything.

By the looks of the numbers you stated as available space on the new disc, it looks as though something has "stolen" about 2.3 Tb!! Perhaps GPT is not the correct formatting process?? Try re-formatting with the NTFS file system, and let me know how it goes.
Last Edited by steven9761 on 03/01/2015 - 17:59

obione

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 19:19
Window7 start edition have problems with anything over 2tb !!!
u don't state which windows 7 is installed ...
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obione

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 19:25
Now, go to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Computer Management. Choose Disk Management on the left and you should see in the lower portion of the screen a list of your installed drives. The larger drive should appear in the list with a capacity displaying on the left. Note, a 3TB drive will only have a storage capacity of LOWER than 3TB (read: when you add formatting and a file system, both of those require space on the drive, so you will not have a full 3TB of space to use-this is the nature of hard drives-you will never have the full stated capacity-ever since it is required to make the drive useable).
Stridey wrote:
I decided to invest in a new internal hard drive for my Dell Inspiron 560 computer, running Windows 7.

The drive is a Toshiba SATA 3Tb.

It is being installed as an additional drive and before partitioning, I selected Partition Type GPT as the disk is over 2 Tb. However before I even try to partition it, it states the maximum volume size is 764307 Mb.

Anyone got any clues as to how I need to install it, so that I can make use of the full 3 Tb ?

Many thanks in advance !

Nigel

Convert to GPT Disk
Again ... try To convert To GPT Disk .... unless bois limited to dell spec only...
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Last Edited by obione on 03/01/2015 - 19:27

steven9761

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 19:26
Inspiron 560 is a desktop. Starter edition was typically loaded onto netbooks and low-end lappies.

Algernon

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 19:57
The version of W7 doesn't matter for a 2nd HDD.

Most Toshiba drives were originally branded Hitachi (Toshiba took them over).

Search Google and look at some solutions on Toms Hardware.

3TB has to be a GPT disk.

The freeware.....
http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
might be able to sort it out. Should be on everyone's computer anyway.

For XP their used to be ...... HGST GPT Disk Manager
http://www.paragon-software.com/hgst/

Video...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8jVQj1Ks3U

It now states it works with W7 although it shouldn't really be needed.
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Algi
Last Edited by Algernon on 03/01/2015 - 20:07

Algernon

Link Posted 03/01/2015 - 20:34
Minitool PW can....

Convert disk type between MBR and GPT without data loss to support 3TB hard disk.

So no need to delete partitions to change them although with MBR you will only be able to access 2TB.

Is the drive brand new and could it have been previously formatted for a Mac?

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Stridey

Link Posted 04/01/2015 - 16:18
Thanks guys for your input. It was a brand-new disc and although I set the Partition Type to GPT to start with, it still would only recognise 764307 Mb. I tried another (same make) disk - same thing.

I then gave up and swapped it for a Toshiba 2 Tb disk, with MBR partitioning. Everything works fine so I can only assume that there is an issue with my Windows 7 machine recognising disks > 2 Tb even with GPT partitioning.

Anyway, I'm happy with the eventual outcome.

Thanks !
Nigel
Best regards
Nigel

www.nigelstridephotography.co.uk

Algernon

Link Posted 04/01/2015 - 18:23
I forgot to mention that there is also a free CD/DVD bootable version of Minitool PW (probably Linux) which would have let you
GPT format the 3TB drive without W7 getting in the way.

The 2TB will probably be easier to BUP etc.
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Last Edited by Algernon on 04/01/2015 - 18:24

leafwarbler

Link Posted 05/11/2015 - 08:22
Algernon wrote:
Minitool PW can....

Convert disk type between MBR and GPT without data loss to support 3TB hard disk.

So no need to delete partitions to change them although with MBR you will only be able to access 2TB.

Is the drive brand new and could it have been previously formatted for a Mac?

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I sincerely appreciate your introduce. But there is a question about my recent computer problem. I have a win 7 64 bits computer, and I want to convert the drive to GPT as MBR just allow to have 4 partitions. But I try to use MiniTool Partition diskmanage tool, I cannot convert it because the OS system is on the drive. What should I do about this problem? Thanks in advance.

Algernon

Link Posted 05/11/2015 - 11:11
This would probably be better asked on a computer forum.

As mentioned in the previous post you can get a bootable CD/DVD version of Minitool PW which will boot up without using your HD.

If it's only extra partitions you want create an extended partition, and then whatever logical partitions you want inside the extended partition. See here ........

http://www.howtogeek.com/184659/beginner-geek-hard-disk-partitions-explained/

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leafwarbler

Link Posted 11/11/2015 - 08:11
Thanks Algernon~ This problem is already solved. Minitool PW Bootable Edition does help me. Thank again.

Algernon

Link Posted 11/11/2015 - 08:39
That's great to hear

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