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External hard drive-NTFS&GPT


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#1 landscaper

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 04:42 PM

I bought a 4tb seagate external not realizing it is formatted gpt.It does not play on my dvd player.So I

reformatted it to ntfs and all works fine.Can play my movies and tv shows.One thing I did not realize is

as you know can't format ntfs over 2tb.Now I have 2tb of unallocated space that I don't know what to do with because I can't access it.Can I reformat it gpt so I can use it for storage or am I SOL.

Thank-you,Tony.



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 04:51 PM

create two partitions on the drive....each one being 2TB (or there abouts)



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:00 PM

Kinda thought of that but I don't know how to do it?



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:02 PM

Kinda thought of that but I don't know how to do it?

 

 

you can do it through a command prompt....but....

 

 

use a partitioning program is the easiest way if your not sure.....here is one example.....

 

 

https://partedmagic.com/


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:18 PM

I have mini tool partition wizard and have tried several times and it doesn't give me the option.It says 2tb and no space left.



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 05:29 PM

Its not NTFS causing your woes, it's GPT versus MBR and, if you do switch it back to GPT, your "DVD player" won't recognize it again.


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Posted 20 February 2018 - 09:12 PM

I realize that.I am asking what I can do with the 2tb unallocated space.



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Posted 20 February 2018 - 09:50 PM

I realize that.I am asking what I can do with the 2tb unallocated space.

Nothing. A MBR partition table can only access a max of 2TB. In order to access the full disk the partition table needs to be GPT.  



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 05:50 AM

Thanks JohnC,that answers my question.






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