Solved My WD 3TB HDD is only showing up as 1.99TB in Windows 8

February 23, 2013 at 05:01:17
Specs: Windows 8, 8gb
can you help me i have 3 tb wdc hard disk but it supports only 1,99 tb on windows 8, is posibble if i use raid controller to detect entire hard disk

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February 23, 2013 at 09:18:06
Do you have Windows installed on this HDD? Why do you have it in a huge partition? Not sure if this is a waorkaround or not, but try repartitioning the HDD into a configuration that's a little more realistic, like maybe a 500GB partition for Windows, then split the rest into 2 or more logical partitions for programs or storage. Try EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition:

http://www.easeus.com/download.htm



#1
February 23, 2013 at 06:42:41
Please post the make model of your motherboard. How is the HDD partitoned & who prepared it? Did you look in disk management to see if a portion of the HDD is unallocated?

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#2
February 23, 2013 at 06:54:09
Sounds like you have discovered th 2TB partition limit on an MBR partitioned disk. Have a look here for futher information: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/...

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#3
February 23, 2013 at 07:02:20
motherboard is gigabyte ga-p43-es3g, hdd is wd 30 ezrs 3tb, sytem is windows 8 partitioned, can you help me.

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#4
February 23, 2013 at 07:35:52
You ony answerd 1 question, 2 more to go:

- How is the HDD partitoned? Did you attempt to create one huge 3TB partition, or did you break it up into 2 or more partitions? And just so you know, a 3TB HDD is actually approx 2.8TB in size.
- Did you look in disk management to see if a portion of the HDD is unallocated?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258...


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#5
February 23, 2013 at 07:40:39
i have partitioned disk to 1,99 tb other 700 gb or more are invisible, the system was partitioned with windows 8. The file system is ntfs, but i'm unsure if motherboard support partitioning above 2 tb.

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#6
February 23, 2013 at 09:13:05
It's nothing to do with the file system or the motherboard. It is a function of the fact that the disk is partitioned with an MBR. The link I gave earlier describes some workarounds. But what you do depends upon whether you have data on the disk that you wish to keep or whether you can start from scratch. In the latter case the easiest thing would just be to partition it as a GUID partitioned drive rather than an MBR one.

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February 23, 2013 at 09:18:06
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Do you have Windows installed on this HDD? Why do you have it in a huge partition? Not sure if this is a waorkaround or not, but try repartitioning the HDD into a configuration that's a little more realistic, like maybe a 500GB partition for Windows, then split the rest into 2 or more logical partitions for programs or storage. Try EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition:

http://www.easeus.com/download.htm


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#8
February 24, 2013 at 07:31:58
thanks for the help i have tried this easeus prog. but still not working, i think is the motherboard not suporrted for 3tb disk, thanks anyway.

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February 24, 2013 at 14:18:17
Crucial recommend 3TB drives for that motherboard, and they normally know what they are talking about. As I've said before, it is almost certainly the MBR partition limit. As riider says, you should be able to simply split it into two partitions less than 2TB each.

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#10
March 2, 2013 at 06:27:55
thanks again now i was able to update and format partition 2,72 tb, thank to you all.

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