4TB hard drive, how can I format it?

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  1. Posts : 150
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
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    4TB hard drive, how can I format it?


    I didn't realise that Win 7 only lets me format/partition 2TB of the hard drive with its simple volume. How can I get around this for my 4TB hard drive?
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  2. Posts : 67
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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    People also ask

    How do I format a 4TB hard drive in Windows 7?

    1 Answer

    • Start Disk Management.
    • If the disk contains any partitions or volumes, right-click each and then click Delete Partition or Delete Volume, until the disk is all one unallocated space.
    • Right-click the MBR disk and then click Convert to GPT Disk.
    • Format the disk as one volume of type NTFS.
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  3. Posts : 150
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    All of the options you refer to are GREYED OUT.
    The only option available is "create simple volume"
    This is a brand new, never used 4TB drive.
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  4. Posts : 67
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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    When install Windows 7, your BIOS should setup UFEI mode than CSM mode.

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  5. Posts : 150
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    Will this affect any of the other hard drives presently in the system? I am wondering if I should just take the OEM drive and make it a portable USB drive. Would that have any effect?
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  6. Posts : 67
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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    If you can go through Windows 7 install in UFEI mode, then no impacts.
    If you cannot, then likely video display is an issue. An easy solution is UefiSeven. (i.e. UFEI Win7)

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  7. Posts : 150
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    Ok, I gues I wasn't being clear enough, sorry about that. This is going to be used as a backup drive only. This will not be a boot drive. Just for storage.
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  8. Posts : 67
    Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
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    The feature is same
    Win 7 in CSM mode can see upto 2TB. hence the 4TB cannot be seen. If you do format, only 2TB on it is visible.
    Win 7 in UFEI/GPT mode can see upto 9ZB. hence you can fully take advantage of the 4TB.
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  9. Posts : 15,474
    7 X64
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    Just for storage.
    You need to make the 4tb disk gpt partition style.

    It has nothing to do with csm.

    post a screenshot of disk management window
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  10. Posts : 150
    Win 7 dual boot with win 10
    Thread Starter
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    Here is a screen shot - the drive is now being set up as an external USB enclosure. Right clicking only bring up NEW SIMPLE VOLUME. Everything else is greyed out. I can put it back inside of my case to use internally if needed.
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