Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


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?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
16 Jun 2014   #2
dsperber

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

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jun 2014   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Please check whether your Motherboard/BIOS supports more than 2 TB drives.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Cannot format WD 4TB drive




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
how can i format my external HD drive into FAT32 format
hi, i've purchased a seagate 1TB external hard drive and need to format it in FAT32 format. how can i go about doing this using windows 7?
Hardware & Devices
File format changed into other format after format a hard drive
Hi everyone, I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my...
Hardware & Devices
Can't format secondary drive (old system drive)
Hey sevenforums, very sorry if this thread is a double, I have seen others with a similar problem but unfortunately none of their fixes have been able to help me. I have upgraded my computer to use solid state drive for the operating system. as other walkthroughs have suggested I have removed...
Hardware & Devices
Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive
I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a...
Hardware & Devices
Will format the hard drive [D & C drive], delete the all file in it?
I need to format my hard drive so i wanna know Will format the hard drive , delete the all file in it? Like the software that i install , will they remain there or will be deleted?
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:49.
Twitter Facebook Google+