Solved 3TB hard drive on windows 7

Dell / DIMENSION 8400
August 20, 2014 at 06:07:52
Specs: Windows 7, G2020 / 8GB
Hi All,

I am getting a Toshiba 3TB hard drive to replace a 2TB as my desktop drive is running out of space. However, i do worry that the motherboard will not be able to see a larger capacity drive. After some research, i notice that the new drive (with fresh copy of windows 7 installation) require something called "GPT" which is new to me. Further research show that i will need a board that comes with "UEFI" bios, which i believe i had it. Here are the specifications of my system :

1. Intel G2020
2. Asrock H61M-DGS (Asrock H71M-DGS)
3. 2 x 4 GB Kingston valueram
4. 2TB HDD
5. Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

I would like to know if there's anything in the bios i need to configure and how do i partition the drive into "GPT" format.

TIA


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August 20, 2014 at 21:51:29
When installing Windows 7, choose Custom and Format and there you will be able to choose GPT and than format to NTFS and then just install.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
August 20, 2014 at 07:35:25
Just a note, but UHFI's only required if you plan on booting from a GPT partitioned disk. If you just add the disk in addition to your existing disk, you should be fine.

That said, when you initialize the disk, you'll be asked if you want MBR or GPT as your partition style. You'll want GPT.

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#2
August 20, 2014 at 07:41:42
I will be using it (3TB drive) as primary drive, and the only drive, as my casing is SFF type which can only accommodate one drive. Any possibility that i link up the 3TB drive and boot up with current setup, using window's Administrative Tools to partition it into GPT before proceeding to fresh installation?

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#3
August 20, 2014 at 08:34:17
I'm not sure I understand the question. Are you asking if you can put data on the drive before setting up the drive to take data? Initialization comes before partitioning. Partitioning comes before formatting. Formatting comes before putting data on the drive. Putting data on the drive comes before booting off of the drive.

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#4
August 20, 2014 at 08:43:58
Sorry for the confusion.

This new 3TB drive will replace existing drive. Fresh copy of windows 7 will be install in it. Before that, i need to figure out how to get it into GPT partition and how to install windows 7 with that partition.


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#5
August 20, 2014 at 09:23:06
Should be pretty straight forward. If the Windows installer doesn't automatically init the disk as GPT, you can do it yourself. The disk selection screen has an advanced link, and that'll let you configure it as needed.

Alternatively, you could invest in an external enclosure (approx. $20), do the disk setup from your existing Win7, swap disks, and install from whatever media you have. At that point, you'd have a typical click-through install of Windows.

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#6
August 20, 2014 at 10:09:01
If windows installer auto init the disk as GPT, that'll be great. Will try it out tomorrow once i get the new disk. Thanks a lot.

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#7
August 20, 2014 at 12:03:46
If you are running out of space with a 2TB capacity disk then you must have a ton of person data on there. My question is this, do you have any backup scheme in place currently?

All hard drives will eventually fail. Computers can also be lost or destroyed. If you don't have a backup scheme I suggest you get on deployed.

You could use the 2TB drive in an external enclosure.

Your BIOS does support UEFI. "32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support". The link below is to the specs for your board.

I can't imagine how you have filled 2TB of data but I suspect you have plenty of stuff you could remove.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/H71M...


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#8
August 20, 2014 at 14:35:58
Hi OtherHill,

Actually, it's my sister's PC. She does have an external 3TB WD MY BOOK as a backup. Well, most of her files are high definition TV drama which, per episode range from 600 ~ 800mb (720p). Some of them are even 1.6gb ~ 1.8gb (1920 x 1080). That's her collection over the years.

I am seriously thinking of making use of an external enclosure for that 2TB drive for her added backup. That would help defer at least a year before she starts calling me for another upgrade.....lol

Thanks ^_^

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August 20, 2014 at 21:51:29
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When installing Windows 7, choose Custom and Format and there you will be able to choose GPT and than format to NTFS and then just install.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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