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Hi guys,

i have BIOS MoBo ( so no UEFI)), Win10 on my SSD. I brought to home 3tb WD Red so I can change my amount of older HDDs and clean a space in my PC case. And I am thinking...

Will I be able to converti to GPT, so it will have all "3TB" as a one partition, or only 2 partitions up to 2,2TB/rest? If GPT will be possible, I have read that it is harder to recovery files from that drive, but maybe it is only the hoax. If security is issue, it is not a big deal to have two letters instead of one. Thanks for answer
post #2 of 17
just an FYI, you should of purchased a WD Black, not a red, Red is for surveillence cameras.

On subject:

GPT definition: The widespread MBR partitioning scheme, dating from the early 1980s,
imposed limitations which affected the use of newer hardware. Intel therefore developed
a new partition-table format in the late 1990s as part of what eventually became UEFI

you wont get your full 3TB, its normally , i believe, 70-80% of the HDD itself available.

if you just need pictures/music/ all that type of stuff, just copy / paste shouldn't be an issue at all.
post #3 of 17
Yes you can. I got a 4TB WD red, and formatted it on a BIOS based PC. You set it to GPT under the disk management, then create a partition (or 2 or 3 if thats what you're after) then format each one as normal.
post #4 of 17
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Yes you can. I got a 4TB WD red, and formatted it on a BIOS based PC. You set it to GPT under the disk management, then create a partition (or 2 or 3 if thats what you're after) then format each one as normal.

Does GPT brings some benefit or not? If I have to have it as more partitions, then it is pointless to format it to GPT, no?

And for CLOUDFOREVER WD Purples are for surveilance. Red are suggested to be used in NAS for 24/7, so theoretically they should be ideal in user PC for data storage as should be able to handle "stress more"
post #5 of 17
You'll need to use GPT to access all the drive. If you use MBR, you'll hit the 2TB limit. Even a two partition strategy won't allow you to use all the storage space with MBR. It's either use GPT, or forego some space on the drive.

Edit : http://www.howtogeek.com/193669/whats-the-difference-between-gpt-and-mbr-when-partitioning-a-drive/
Edited by latelesley - 9/27/16 at 10:15am
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by Wakizashis View Post

Does GPT brings some benefit or not? If I have to have it as more partitions, then it is pointless to format it to GPT, no?

And for CLOUDFOREVER WD Purples are for surveilance. Red are suggested to be used in NAS for 24/7, so theoretically they should be ideal in user PC for data storage as should be able to handle "stress more"

GPT will recognise your 4tb drive you dont need to make extra partitions like you do with mbr
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sorry, I stand corrected, thats what I meant to say smile.gifsmile.gif purple for cameras, red for NAS. I'm at work so my mind isnt there lol
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sorry, I stand corrected, thats what I meant to say smile.gifsmile.gif purple for cameras, red for NAS. I'm at work so my mind isnt there lol

So, you meant to say, "just an FYI, you should of purchased a WD Black, not a red, Purple is for surveillence cameras."? headscratch.gif Holy non-sequitor, Batman!
     
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Ok guys,

GPT set, 2,7TB to be used and loading files from older drivers to the RED right now. Thanks for the help ;-)
post #10 of 17
Hi @Wakizashis!

The main difference between these two is that MBR has limit of 2.2TB drive capacity and limit on amount of partitions (4 per MBR drive, 128 per GPT drive). With that said I personally would prefer a GPT since that way you'll be able to make one whole partition and use it as a secondary data drive. smile.gif

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just an FYI, you should of purchased a WD Black, not a red, Red is for surveillence cameras.

For mass data I won't recommend WD Black because it's a performance drive and having it only as an additional storage for extra capacity will be kind of an overkill. Instead I would go with 2TB+ WD Blue (it used to be WD Green until we merged the two colors recently) since it's quiet and meant for everyday computing. WD Red will suit too and a lot of people are using it in their PCs, although it's designed for NAS in particular.

As for WD Purple in particular, its firmware features(such as error correction for instance) are modified in a way to accept larger number of errors in the name of the goal for consistent speeds. Basically, WD Purple has optimized writing speeds, special error correction features and is generally developed and tuned for DVR and other surveillance systems, and although it can work in a desktop environment, there may be some data corruption due to the error correction feature of the drive that is designed to record videos with no frame losses.

Cheers, guys, and feel free to ask any questions you may have! smile.gifthumb.gif
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