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Why can I only format 2 of the 3TB on this hard drive?

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I got this 3TB drive on Friday for $99.99. I can't get to more than 2048GB of it, though, which I suppose means it's bad. The hard drive was external from Seagate, but I cracked open the case because at the time I understood that there's no reason for this 7200.14 drive to sit chocking on a USB cable. Now I'm confused. When I first installed it, it had a 349GB partition and then two blank ones. Deleting that 349GB partition got me to the screen below. I'm going to put in a Linux CD and play with Gparted before I call it quits, but let me know what you think.

post #2 of 15
The older motherboards won't support 3GB drives so eagerly I'm afraid. Do you have so called UEFI bios? If so, I think it should support your HDD. Give a bios update a try smile.gif
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You need to set the parititon table as GPT (GUID).

To do this (I find this easiest way).

Open an Admin CMD
Run diskpart

Do List Disk

Select disk *disk you are trying to format)

Clean

Convert GPT

Go to disk management and format to NTFS. Should use the 3TB now.
 
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Thanks! I was just looking through my Linuxes. If it's hardware related, I should probably enable my SATA 6.0 ports, but now I have run into a problem: I want to use those ports for a RAID 0 with two other drives. Time to update the BIOS.
post #5 of 15
Or you can create two partitions that are each under 2TB.
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Original link

Picture in case the link doesn't work:


The BIOS update is for CPU support, mostly. Time to panic accordingly.
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Sorry Lord Xeb and DuckieHo - I missed your posts. I'm going through the diskpart setup and will then see if I can create a second partition. The thing is that once I create a 2048GB partition, I can't get to the rest of the drive. When the drive started with 349GB formatted, there were still two blanks probably because that's the hard drive controller's max.
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This is awesome, though I don't know how to choose this new drive to follow Lord Xeb's diskpart tutorial. Here's where I am, and I see I can select up to Disk 7 before "the end of the disk enumeration." The issue is I have 5 partitions over 3 hard drives. What do I do now?

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Could you give a screenshot of the "list disk" output from diskpart?
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I would, actually, but I solved almost everything and closed the command prompt. I went through the commands again and realized what's up - when I listed the disks, I came up with my four empty card reader slots (3.5" internal reader). I can't recall what I missed. Any way to pull up commands from the past? "Disk 2" is the 3TB drive, and I've now formatted it to be a single partition.

Everything is cool now except I'd like to know if my 3TB drive will be recognized once I set up a RAID 0 and install a fresh copy of Windows to it. Or at least, will I be able to get to the drive later? I suppose I could just put it back on the external hard drive thingie later if I run into issues.
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