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Windows 7: Hard drive shown as 2 disks - how to combine?

07 Jun 2016   #21
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I've never cancelled or aborted a Clean All running process.
I don't know what might happen if you do that.
You could ask in the tutorial, Shawn Brink might know.

I would let it run however long it takes, probably overnight, and make sure i turn off auto sleep.


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07 Jun 2016   #22
resucami

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Clean All finished and diskpart continued to show the two parts of the same physical hard drive as two separate disks.

I have for now given up on this and formatted the two parts as two disks, one with 2 TB and one with the remaining 0.75 TB. Given the fact that Dell acknowledged in the meantime that their top of the line and high priced Alienware Area 51 desktop computer cannot deal with disks that are bigger than 2 TB this might be the best solution. See also here: 3 TB hard drive shows only 750 GB - Alienware Forum - Alienware Club - Dell Community

Thanks for all of your help! I certainly learned something today.


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07 Jun 2016   #23
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

Just noticed your thread. Your machine uses BIOS. Only UEFI (the new standard that replaces the old BIOS) supports disks greater then 2TB. Looks like you have a BIOS based machine
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07 Jun 2016   #24
DavidE

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ComputerGeek View Post
Just noticed your thread. Your machine uses BIOS. Only UEFI (the new standard that replaces the old BIOS) supports disks greater then 2TB. Looks like you have a BIOS based machine
That's not true. Look at post #6
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08 Jun 2016   #25
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Read this.

Support for Disk Drives Beyond 2.2 TeraBytes (TB) and 4K Advanced Format Sectors

Your computer is showing all of your 3 TB drive so just use it. You would more then likely chop it up into partitions so what does it matter ???
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