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Windows 7: Aaagh. Me hates formatting a new HDD

08 May 2019   #1
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Aaagh. Me hates formatting a new HDD

Every few years or more one needs to initiate a new HDD. This one is 6TB WD 3.5


And every time I forget the trick needed to not stuff it up. I followed the sellers instructions and sure enuff it's split into two partitions. One accessible the other off in the twilight zone.


Does anyone know the formula to convert this into one big accessible partition of 5500?




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08 May 2019   #2
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

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08 May 2019   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Anytime you have a drive larger than 2TB, you have to format it as GPT, not MBR, to be able to use the full capacity of the drive.
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08 May 2019   #4
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

As was said, you need it to be GPT not MBR. Converting from MBR to GPT takes one minute

Change a Master Boot Record (MBR) into a GUID partition table (GPT) disk | Microsoft Docs
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08 May 2019   #5
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Anytime you have a drive larger than 2TB, you have to format it as GPT, not MBR, to be able to use the full capacity of the drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
As was said, you need it to be GPT not MBR. Converting from MBR to GPT takes one minute

Change a Master Boot Record (MBR) into a GUID partition table (GPT) disk | Microsoft Docs

Just confirming -
Here are the two MBR partitions with options available -


Aaagh.  Me hates formatting a new HDD-gpt2.png
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and the option on the left is -
Aaagh.  Me hates formatting a new HDD-gpt.png


So convert to GPT now or do I somehow have to get those two partitions deleted first?


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08 May 2019   #6
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

yes you have to delete the partitions. I prefer to do things from the command line but here are the instructions for either way, from the link I posted
Converting using the Windows interface
1) If the disk contains any partitions or volumes, right-click each and then click Delete Partition or Delete Volume.

2) Right-click the MBR disk that you want to change into a GPT disk, and then click Convert to GPT Disk.

Converting using a command line
1) Open an elevated command prompt by right-clicking Command Prompt and then choosing Run as Administrator.

2) Type diskpart. If the disk does not contain any partitions or volumes, skip to step 6.

3) At the DISKPART prompt, type list disk. Note the disk number you want to convert.

4) At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>.

5) At the DISKPART prompt, type clean.

Note: Running the clean command will delete all partitions or volumes on the disk.

6) At the DISKPART prompt, type convert gpt.
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08 May 2019   #7
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
yes you have to delete the partitions. I prefer to do things from the command line but here are the instructions for either way, from the link I posted
Converting using the Windows interface
1) If the disk contains any partitions or volumes, right-click each and then click Delete Partition or Delete Volume.

2) Right-click the MBR disk that you want to change into a GPT disk, and then click Convert to GPT Disk.

Delete partition is not offered. One partition offers "conveert to simple volume" and the other nothing is offered.
Since the option to delete partitions is not offered I'm not willing to go into command line.


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09 May 2019   #8
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AaLF View Post
Delete partition is not offered. One partition offers "conveert to simple volume" and the other nothing is offered.
Since the option to delete partitions is not offered I'm not willing to go into command line.
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That's up to you I guess, however the command line instructions are pretty straightforward. By the way when I click on your attachment, nothing is found.
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09 May 2019   #9
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

You cannot delete unallocated space!
Create a new partition on the unallocatated space.
Extend partition.
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09 May 2019   #10
AaLF

Microsoft Windows 7 HomePremium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
That's up to you I guess, however the command line instructions are pretty straightforward. By the way when I click on your attachment, nothing is found.

johnhoh, Here is the current disk -
Aaagh.  Me hates formatting a new HDD-gpt3.png


And here is the Command Prompt (so far).
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Scary stuff for a bloke who has rarely ever played with black screens. Partition One appears as 2047 of free space. Partition Two doesn't exist sort of.


Tell me again my next steps plz.





Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Snick View Post
You cannot delete unallocated space!
Create a new partition on the unallocatated space.
Extend partition.

hi Snick -


As you can see from the pic. right-clicking on "Partition 2" offers me no option to create a new partition. Been so long since I did this back office stuff I've forgotten how. plz remind me the steps.
Aaagh.  Me hates formatting a new HDD-gpt3.png


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