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Windows 7: Format 3TB External Drive

09 May 2013   #1
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 
Format 3TB External Drive

I'm running Windows 7 (64-bit) with UEFI Bios and I just bought a Seagate 3TB Backup Plus External drive that I plan to use for data only (specifically to backup System Images using Macrium Pro). I don't care about the Dashboard software that comes with it so thought I should probably format the drive as GPT.

I haven't had a lot of experience formatting a drive and never to GPT do I just follow this tutorial?
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk


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09 May 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

In disk management, just right click on the drive and choose format.

start/ right click computer/ click manage/ click device manager on the left hand side window
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09 May 2013   #3
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Ok thanks I thought I had to delete the volume but apparently not so when does it give me the option to convert to GPT?

Should I do a Quick format or Standard/Full?
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09 May 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Not sure what you mean about question #1 a drive has never asked me that question.

You would do a quick format.
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09 May 2013   #5
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Not sure what you mean about question #1 a drive has never asked me that question.
That's why I was asking if I should follow the tutorial I posted because it gave you the option of converting the drive from MBR to GPT. I don't have the drive in my hands yet but I guess I assumed it was formatted to MBR and I needed to format it to GPT so I would only have one large partition which is what I want.
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09 May 2013   #6
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

mccoady

See if this will be some of help

How To: Create One Partition on a 3TB drive | Marktastic
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09 May 2013   #7
mccoady

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; SP1
 
 

Ok thanks!
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