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Windows 7: Fix HDD partitioning

05 Dec 2013   #1

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Fix HDD partitioning

I purchased a 4TB WD caviar black HDD to replace a 1TB drive that was ringing out of room. After a success install I used Macrum Reflect to clone the original disk to the new disk. When it was done I had a partition on the new drive that was the same as the old with 2 unallocated area. I believe I deleted the copied partition and now I have 2 unallocated and I can only format the 1st not the 2nd. The expand partition option is grayed out. How do I return the drive to one large partition? Am I having this problem because the system in using MBR vs GPT?
After it is fixed what is fastest way to copy the data from old to new? Is dragging the files to the new drive the best option?

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05 Dec 2013   #2
whs
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I personally would not make such a big partition that contains the OS and the user data. It is always a good idea to seperate the OS from the data.

But that aside, you could probably not expand the C partition because there was no unallocated space to the immidiate right of the partition - freespace is not good enough, it has to be 'unallocated'. And if the unallocated space is not directly adjacent to the partition you want to extend, then you need the bootable CD of Partition Wizard.

Without a picture of Disk Management, it is really hard to tell what the exact situation is.
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05 Dec 2013   #3

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To use a 4tb HDD a OS boot drive, OS will need be install in UEFI mode.

I personally would still use the smallest HDD for OS in UEFI mode.
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05 Dec 2013   #4

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whs,
Thanks for your reply. The drives in question are data drives not the system HDD. I don't care if I lose all the data on the new 4 TB drive I just want to format it as one large drive. I'm not home to sent a jpg of the disk manager but can later tonight.
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05 Dec 2013   #5
whs
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OK, let's see what the real world situation is.
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05 Dec 2013   #6

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1) Just use CLEAN the drive.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

2) Open DM, & set drive up GPT.

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3) Make a partition or partitions to suit.
Partition or Volume - Create New


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05 Dec 2013   #7

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theog,
Thanks that is exactly what I was looking for but couldn't find when I did a search. I try it later tonight and report back. Any idea on the beat way to transfer 1 TB of data to the new drive from the old one? Both are in the computer at this time. Am I stuck with just a straight file copy?
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05 Dec 2013   #8
whs
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Theog, I think he was first moving a smaller image to the drive that was not previously partitioned. That's how he ended up with all that unused space.

But GPD may be required for the 4TBs. Wasn't there a 3GB limit for MFT ??
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05 Dec 2013   #9
whs
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Some people swear by Teracopy. I myself have never used it though because I do not have a lot of data.

http://www.filehippo.com/download_teracopy/
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05 Dec 2013   #10

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MBR = 2.??tb

Paragon will clone to a bigger Partition, but MBR to GPT unknown.
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