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Windows 7: Cannot format WD 4TB drive

16 Jun 2014   #1
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 
Cannot format WD 4TB drive

Been all over the web but no luck. Trying to format this drive for 1 partition (4TB) to use as a data backup, not boot drive. Have initialized as GPT. Still will not let me format to 4GB. Just 2TB. Am using win7 pro 64. Suggestions?


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16 Jun 2014   #2
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

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16 Jun 2014   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Please check whether your Motherboard/BIOS supports more than 2 TB drives.
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16 Jun 2014   #4
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

The board does support it. Asus P9X79 LE. Been trying while external through usb. Tomorrow will put it in computer case and see what happens.
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16 Jun 2014   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

If you were trying with a dock, the dock should support more than 4 TB.(Combined capacity of all HDDs on the dock)
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16 Jun 2014   #6
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In my humble opinion, it is better to create two 2 TB partitions than a single 4 TB one. Two partitions means two different MFT records and less fragmentation. High capacity external drives shows higher rate of partition corruption issues and you may find yourself in a difficult situation if you stick with a single partition.

Some examples :

WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"

Disk structure is corrupt and unreadable

External HDD suddenly requires formatting, read as RAW instead of ntfs

Partitioning a disk is not an alternative to regularly backing up data but it will reduce the chance of file system corruption greatly.
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17 Jun 2014   #7
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

I would consider 2 partitions but after I initialize, only 1.6TB available to format. No option to partition it.
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17 Jun 2014   #8
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi

Would you please post a "Disk Management" screen shot as per this guide ? : Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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17 Jun 2014   #9
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Figured it out. Put it in the case instead of going through USB. Recognized it right away. Went ahead and made 2 partitions. Thanks for the suggestions and help.
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17 Jun 2014   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Putting it inside the case and trying it out is the most sensible thing that you have done.You guessed it right. Good going. Was it an external case or dock? I am still not sure. When you just said external (and not an external case), I took it for a dock and hence said the dock should support 4TB drive.

You may mark the thread as solved.
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