Unallocated Space - 3TB External Hard Drive

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  1. iMPossibl

    iMPossibl MDL Member

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    #1 iMPossibl, Jul 27, 2013
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    Hi,

    I have an SSD plus 3 or 4 crap regular hard drives (100-300gb) so I decided to buy the Seagate Expansion 3TB drive today.

    I want to partition it into 3 sectors, 1) Movies - 500gb 2) Games 1500gb 3) Storage 700gb
    yeah so I have 2.72tb and use whatever is left as the storage partition, however using windows disk manager to partition it I have some problems..

    I had a problem with actually shrinking it because disk manager said the service is disabled, googled it; turned out having disk defrag service disabled ties with the disk manager, what I want to know is can I safely disable it again AFTER I partition my drive?

    When I shrunk my drive for 500gb I got 500gb of Unallocated Space in black bars, when I right-click nothing highlights, apart from the PROPERTIES bar. I can't even extend the hard drive back to its 2.72tb size because it says: "only the first 2tb are usable on large MBR disks. Cannot create partitions beyond the 2TB mark, nor convert the disk to dynamic"

    I believe you have to initialize it or something with GUPID? please help on this! :p


    Also is there any benefit in actual partitioning, I'm mainly doing it to keep things organized but I can just as easily do it with folders and such?


    Thanks


    EDIT: also like to mention, I tried using AOEMI partitioner but the software fails to find my external hard drive in the first place.
     
  2. redroad

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    iMPossibl MDL Member

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    #5 iMPossibl, Jul 27, 2013
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    I'm sorry,

    you should have simply asked!

    I'm running win7 ult 64 on my SSD. I have a normal BIOS so yes I am booting from MBR.


    Any more questions mate?

    Thanks
     
  5. redroad

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    From within the W8 OS go to "Disk Management" and verify if the W7 partition is still present and where the W8 got installed (which drive?)
     
  6. iMPossibl

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    #7 iMPossibl, Jul 27, 2013
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    Hi my SSD drive cant be found using list disk in cmd nor the bios tried reattaching sata cables

    edit: nvm fix all boot related problems, turned out one of the power cables d/cd while i was cleaning the thing.

    so as i go back to the main problem, how to partition a 3tb drive?