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Windows 7: GPT or MBR for a media drive?

16 Feb 2015   #1
jonass21

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 
GPT or MBR for a media drive?

I formatted a 3tb hitachi deskstar to NTFS, used Disks app in ubuntu, and am currently moving all my media over to it. Not sure if it is GPT or MBR or if that matters since the OS won't be on it


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16 Feb 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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It would have to be GPT if you want to use the entire 3 TB capacity in Windows.

Other than that, I don't think it matters for a data-only drive.

Put another way: IF you can see the entire 3 TB in Windows Disk Management, then you initialized the drive as GPT.
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16 Feb 2015   #3
jonass21

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

ok currently I am in ubuntu moving media across, in the Disks app for Ubuntu it is seen as a 3TB so hopefully it defaulted to GPT when I formatted it to NTFS
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16 Feb 2015   #4
AddRAM

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You can check in Disk Management. Right click the drive you want to check (circle) then choose properties, then volume.
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17 Feb 2015   #5
jonass21

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

So using the parted tool it says that the partition type is "loop", does that work in windows 7? Again linux is seeing all 3TB currently
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17 Feb 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonass21 View Post
So using the parted tool it says that the partition type is "loop", does that work in windows 7? Again linux is seeing all 3TB currently
I frankly never heard of "loop".

What does it say for "partition style" when viewed in Windows Disk Management per AddRam's post?

Does it show at full capacity in Windows Disk Management?

If in doubt, re-do it by initializing and formatting in Windows.
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17 Feb 2015   #7
jonass21

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

I am in the process of switching my HTPC from linux to windows so I can't see the drive in windows. Using the Linux Partition tool it says that the partition type if "loop" and the filesystem is NTFS, it also recognizes all 3TB. I did find this tidbit on a website but it doesn't help me much

"The Partition Table field shows that I am using a msdos MBR partition table (the one still commonly used for Linux and Windows) on both disks. From the man page parted can create (and thus hopefully identify) the following types of partition table (or more broadly `disk label'):

bsd
dvh
gpt - this is a GPT partition table
loop - this is raw disk access without a partition table
mac
msdos - this is a standard MBR partition table

So it seems like it created a NTFS filesystem without making a partition table
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17 Feb 2015   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jonass21 View Post
I am in the process of switching my HTPC from linux to windows so I can't see the drive in windows. Using the Linux Partition tool it says that the partition type if "loop" and the filesystem is NTFS, it also recognizes all 3TB. I did find this tidbit on a website but it doesn't help me much

"The Partition Table field shows that I am using a msdos MBR partition table (the one still commonly used for Linux and Windows) on both disks. From the man page parted can create (and thus hopefully identify) the following types of partition table (or more broadly `disk label'):

bsd
dvh
gpt - this is a GPT partition table
loop - this is raw disk access without a partition table
mac
msdos - this is a standard MBR partition table

So it seems like it created a NTFS filesystem without making a partition table
It's hard to like that. I haven't played with Linux in close to 20 years.

GPT stands for "GUID Partition Table", so if that info you found is correct, the implication would be that you don't have GPT.

All I can suggest is to continue as you are but be prepared for failure and a do-over if things don't behave as you want after you get Windows going. Don't get yourself in a position where you can't do it over.

Do you intend to install Windows from an ordinary Windows installation DVD?
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17 Feb 2015   #9
jonass21

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

yes I have a regular install dvd but it will be to a separate boot drive, SSD, the 3TB is strictly for media
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17 Feb 2015   #10
jonass21

windows 7 pro 32 bit
 
 

I really don't want to, it's been moving files for 13 hours now, but I am debating just reformatting it and making sure I create a GPT on it
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