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I'm worried about getting a 3TB HDD for my tower. If and when I migrate from to a new mobo and a new windows install will I be prompted to format my 3TB again for the PC to see it ?

The reason I'm worried is because this incident happen to me not to long ago.

Okay heres the back story, I bought a 3TB HDD internal a little while ago for storage and use with a ext dock connected to the PC through a USB cable, by the way I have two ext docks diff brands but does the same thing. So this is what happened. I got a Desk star 3tb internal new and I formatted using GPT format NTFS with one of ext docks I put some files on the 3tb and I'm using it with USB thermaltake ext dock. All is good, but then I tried the 3tb in my other ext dock it's a rosewill USB dock, for some reason the PC was treating it like it was the first time I used the HDD, it did not see the files nor even see the 3tb in my computer. So I went to start computer/manage/disk management then I was prompted to format the HDD like it was new again so I did it again chose GPT format assigned a new letter again, then format again. I have no choice I have to format to see the drive. So obviously I lose the data on the disk. If I go back to the other thermaltake dock with 3TB HDD where I originally formatted for the first time it does it again it don't see it and PC prompts again to format HDD again for use. If I use the same dock all the time it's fine. So both docks are doing the same thing to each other.

When I do this with the 2TB no problems I can switch back and fourth from the diff ext docks no reformatting works great. I formatted the 2TB originally with the MBR format by the way. Even If I have a newer mobo with UEFI bios if I get a 3TB HDD I should always format with GPT right ? If I were to format using MBR it wouldn't fix this problem right ? I probably end up only being able to use like 2TB's out of 3TB's on the HDD I suppose, not about this either.


So now you see why I'm worried about getting a HDD 3TB internal for storage for my tower. What if when I go to a new mobo with a fresh windows install will run into this problem ? I don't have the ext docks by the way. I'd to just keep the a extra HDD inside tower for the extra storage I need. I'd like to buy 3TB but may just get 2TB instead.
Edited by Subzero11 - 7/26/13 at 2:16pm
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You won't lose your data if you move your internal drive to another system via the SATA connection. The external docks can cause issues sometimes when it comes to compatibility, thus why you have that issue of having to reformat.
    
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OK thanks I kinda had a feeling that was going to be the issue but wanted to make sure. It would be absolutely dumb if it would happen with just a internal sata connection then no one could ever move there storage HDD's to new system. So if I would do this being moving my HDD to another computer it would be just plug and play then the system would see the drive as being letter S and see the files on it and that's it ?

I originally formatted using the GPT option. Even If I have a newer mobo with UEFI bios I should always format HDD's that are bigger than 2.2TB with GPT right ?

thanks
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OK thanks I kinda had a feeling that was going to be the issue but wanted to make sure. It would be absolutely dumb if it would happen with just a internal sata connection then no one could ever move there storage HDD's to new system. So if I would do this being moving my HDD to another computer it would be just plug and play then the system would see the drive as being letter S and see the files on it and that's it ?
Yea, it is just plug and play. If you don't have hotswap enabled you will have to just restart the system for the drive to show up. It's drive letter will be whatever the system automatically assigns it, however that is easily changeable in disk management.
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I originally formatted using the GPT option. Even If I have a newer mobo with UEFI bios I should always format HDD's that are bigger than 2.2TB with GPT right ?

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Yep, use GPT for drives larger than 2.2TB.
    
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