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Hey everyone. I'm thinking about adding another HDD to the rig in my signature. My concern is that I've been read sometimes 3 TB HDD are not recognized properly and need to be formatted w/ GPT. Is this any concern I should have? I would use the 3 TB HDD as primarily storage and to throw some games on there. I would also like to partition it into two halves. Is this possible? Does GPT function similar to normal formatting?

Also, please forgive me if my terminology is wrong. I honestly don't know exactly how GPT works even after a few google searches. I also read it can be somewhat tricky to get the 3 TB HDD to function as a boot drive. As I said, I would primarily use this drive as storage, but in the future I might like to throw a Linux partition on it... or is this not possible?

I hope that ramble is comprehensible. Thank you in advance! thumb.gif
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GPT is no big deal. Initialize it as GPT and you will be set. You can use MBR if you like too as you will be using multiple partitions.

Basically people are familiar with higher level formatting like NTFS and EXT4 and FAT32 etc, however before that there is a sub format that is used to set up the partition system of the drive. That is where you typically have MBR or GPT. GPT allows you to have more than 4 primary partitions and partition sizes larger than 2.2TB and a few other things like better security and error checking.

You can install linux on GPT drives as well as Windows.
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GPT is no big deal. Initialize it as GPT and you will be set. You can use MBR if you like too as you will be using multiple partitions.

Basically people are familiar with higher level formatting like NTFS and EXT4 and FAT32 etc, however before that there is a sub format that is used to set up the partition system of the drive. That is where you typically have MBR or GPT. GPT allows you to have more than 4 primary partitions and partition sizes larger than 2.2TB and a few other things like better security and error checking.

You can install linux on GPT drives as well as Windows.

Thank you. Your input was most helpful.
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GPT has been around for YEARS and has been used with OSX and macs for a long time as well. The same can be said for well, pretty much everything out there that has more than 3TB of storage. Regardless, the only limits you have for the drive is that you cannot have more than 16 partitons on it by restrictions of GPT. The only other way around that is to have extended partitions, which complicate things..


Short answer: Go for it. There will not be an issue and the drive can be formatted and partitioned like normal.
Long answer: See above.
 
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

GPT has been around for YEARS and has been used with OSX and macs for a long time as well. The same can be said for well, pretty much everything out there that has more than 3TB of storage. Regardless, the only limits you have for the drive is that you cannot have more than 16 partitons on it by restrictions of GPT. The only other way around that is to have extended partitions, which complicate things..


Short answer: Go for it. There will not be an issue and the drive can be formatted and partitioned like normal.
Long answer: See above.
You can have more than 16 primary partitions with GPT. Must be an able thing you were thinking about.

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