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Windows 7: 3TB Internal Hard Drive 2.19GB barier

01 Jun 2011   #1

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3TB Internal Hard Drive 2.19GB barier

Hi. I just bought new Western Digital's Caviar Green 3TB hard drive. Along came Host Bus Adapter. I am using this HDD as secondary storage. I event installed the latest driver for Host Bus Adapter but still when I open disk management it says Disk 2: 2794,52GB (2048GB Unallocated / 746,52GB Unallocated) and I only can format the 2046GB. See screenshot. Do I need 64-bit Windows?

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01 Jun 2011   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Suggest you partition the drive into two 1.5GB partitions - or anything smaller than 2GBs.
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01 Jun 2011   #3

W7 Professional x64

^^ That
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01 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 10 Pro

Actaully you should see if your motherboard manufacturer has put out a BIOS update addressing such a large hard drive. I know Gigabyte has one.

You list no system specs so......
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01 Jun 2011   #5


Is it MBR or GPT? You need GPT
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02 Jun 2011   #6

Win 7

Yes I need GPT. How can I enable this? I tought thats why the HDD came with Host Bus Adapter that enables Windows 7 to use GPT. What am I missing here?
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02 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7

You can do it in Computer Management...

Linky to Microsoft Support
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