How do I re-format a 4 TB drive to NTFS used in a Linux raid EXT2(?)

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  1. Posts : 668
    Win 10 pro
       #11

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    @roy111
    no need for all that diagnostic stuff - simply just format
    ...
    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hi,

    why?
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  2. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #12

    @jimbo45 @cerebrus...
    Here's what I did:

    --snip, snip--

    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.17134.345]
    (c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart

    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.17134.1

    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: LAPTOP

    DISKPART> list disk

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 931 GB 0 B *
    Disk 1 Online 1678 GB 1678 GB *

    DISKPART> select disk 1

    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> convert gpt

    The disk you specified is not MBR formatted.
    Please select an empty MBR disk to convert.

    DISKPART> create partition primary

    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

    DISKPART> list partition

    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 Reserved 15 MB 17 KB
    * Partition 2 Primary 1678 GB 16 MB

    DISKPART> select partition 2

    Partition 2 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> format quick fs=ntfs

    100 percent completed

    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

    DISKPART> assign

    DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.

    DISKPART> list disk

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 931 GB 0 B *
    Disk 1 Online 1678 GB 0 B *

    DISKPART>

    --snip, snip--

    Thanks but no change :-(
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  3. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #13

    I'm in California and it's almost 2 am. Time to go to bed..... till later... thanks.
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  4. Posts : 11,173
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #14

    Hi there
    @bofhlusr

    You forgot or omitted the CLEAN command

    After select disk xx

    you must type CLEAN

    then CONVERT GPT.

    Clean clears all the old structures otherwise you can't remove the MBR sector on the HDD and you can't format fully.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #15

    After the above commands were run:

    How do I re-format a 4 TB drive to NTFS used in a Linux raid EXT2(?)-tenforums01-11-2-2018-2-03-42-am.jpg
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  6. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #16

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    @bofhlusr

    You forgot or omitted the CLEAN command

    After select disk xx

    you must type CLEAN

    then CONVERT GPT.

    Clean clears all the old structures otherwise you can't remove the MBR sector on the HDD and you can't format fully.

    Cheers
    jimbo

    Jimbo, here it is again but this time with 'clean':

    --snip, snip--

    DISKPART> list disk

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 931 GB 0 B *
    Disk 1 Online 1678 GB 0 B *

    DISKPART> select disk 1

    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> clean

    DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

    DISKPART> convert gpt

    DiskPart successfully converted the selected disk to GPT format.

    DISKPART> create partition primary

    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

    DISKPART> list partition

    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 Reserved 15 MB 17 KB
    * Partition 2 Primary 1678 GB 16 MB

    DISKPART>

    --snip, snip--

    Still no change :-(
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  7. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #17

    -Dupe, deleted-
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails How do I re-format a 4 TB drive to NTFS used in a Linux raid EXT2(?)-tenforums02-11-2-2018-2-03-42-am.jpg  
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  8. Posts : 11,173
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #18

    Hi there
    It might be if you have an old Mobo or old OS that the computer doesn't support large capacity drives -- on those old computers to get capacity over 2TB there used to be some software which would create in the BIOS a thing called LBA (Large Block Arcitecture).

    Check the BIOS to see if the HDD is recognized as a 4TB HDD. Otherwise see if it can be formatted on another computer. Linux itself uses different file systems so it's likely to work in any case even on an old computer provided the Bios can handle the Disk geometry.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #19

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there
    It might be if you have an old Mobo or old OS that the computer doesn't support large capacity drives -- on those old computers to get capacity over 2TB there used to be some software which would create in the BIOS a thing called LBA (Large Block Arcitecture).

    Check the BIOS to see if the HDD is recognized as a 4TB HDD. Otherwise see if it can be formatted on another computer. Linux itself uses different file systems so it's likely to work in any case even on an old computer provided the Bios can handle the Disk geometry.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    @jimbo, I'm using a relatively recent 3-4 year old WIndows 10 laptop (upgraded from the original W8.1 it came with):

    Amazon.com: Asus N550JX-DS71T 15.6-Inch Full HD Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i7-4720HQ, 8GB DDR3L RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1), Silver: Computers Accessories

    I've attached external 6-TB drives on it without problems:

    Amazon.com: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB External Desktop Hard Drive Storage + 2mo Adobe CC Photography (STEL6000100): Electronics

    So I'm really at a loss on why I'm only able to see 2 TB instead of the 4 TB on these internal drives. If you have any other ideas, they'd be most welcome. Thank you much.
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  10. Posts : 11,173
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #20

    Hi there
    I'm almost out of ideas

    Are you using EFI or MBR boot -- although that disk doesn't appear to be boot disk so that really shouldn't matter.

    Try booting up a live Linux distro and then see if that HDD formats as a full 4TB HDD

    After you've booted the Linux distro say the HDD is /dev/sdf

    then as root (or sudo) type the following mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdf -f
    you'll be prompted to use whole drive
    after formatting you should see if disk is recognized as 4TB. If that works then you've proved the HDD is OK -- now we can have a go at the windows problems.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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