Difficulties partitioning my new HDD. Faulty HD?

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  1. Posts : 59
    Windows 10
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       #21

    NavyLCDR said:
    You might want to look at that drive again in disk management. If that 4 TB drive is MBR partitioned, you are going see a large chunk of it marked as unallocated space.
    As mentioned above I have a 2nd 4TB HDD formatted in GPT and windows sees the disk as a 3.68TB disk
    In MBR mode it's 2048GB + 1678GB = 3726GB which equals to 3.638671875 TB
    As far as I can see I'm not losing any space
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  2. Posts : 17,368
    Windows 11 Pro
       #22

    Arese said:
    As mentioned above I have a 2nd 4TB HDD formatted in GPT and windows sees the disk as a 3.68TB disk
    In MBR mode it's 2048GB + 1678GB = 3726GB which equals to 3.638671875 TB
    As far as I can see I'm not losing any space
    Just curious - what drive letter is assigned to the 1678 GB space? Have you tried creating/storing a file there?
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  3. Posts : 59
    Windows 10
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       #23

    NavyLCDR said:
    Just curious - what drive letter is assigned to the 1678 GB space? Have you tried creating/storing a file there?
    I only created 1 partition of 500GB on my 4TB HDD at the moment to install windows (wanted to avoid running into any other issues).
    The rest of the 3.1TB is unallocated at the moment.

    Windows 10 has finished installing. Now I need to partition the remaining 3.1TB into 2 partitions I guess since the disk is in MBR mode.

    After I partition the 2 others partitions, I will reconnect my 2nd 4TB (the GPT disk)

    I'll do that tonight I have to get back to work.

    I will update you tonight with how I went.

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    NavyLCDR said:
    Just curious - what drive letter is assigned to the 1678 GB space? Have you tried creating/storing a file there?
    Hehe you were right!
    The 2TB limitation doesn't apply at the partition level but at the disk level where windows is installed on.

    So I've got:
    Disk 0 (4TB HDD)
    - C: (windows) 500GB
    - D: 1548GB
    - 1678GB unallocated space (impossible to create/format a partition)

    I reconnected my 2nd 4TB HDD (GPT file mode)
    - E: 3725GB

    So you are right I'm wasting 1,6TB due to the MBR limitation

    I'm gonna buy another 1 or 2TB HDD and install windows 10 on it and done.

    In any case I learned a lot of things today around MBR & GPT partitioning scheme.

    Also I was thinking about why I couldn't install windows when my 2nd HDD was connected. It was because my 2nd HDD was assigned the letter C:
    And I guess that windows needs to be installed on the C drive.

    Maybe this will help people facing the same issue in the future.

    Cheers
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  4. Posts : 11
    Win10 Home v1909 (10.0.18363)
       #24

    I may be out of line here as I am not over savvy with the previous posts. I thought I had 2 partitions and not so long ago windows 10 update wanted a protected area so another was added. I then downloaded AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (Free), as I'm naturally lazy, to resize C&D, surprised to find their is seven partitions. Might such an app help get to the bottom of the problem?
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  5. Posts : 35,508
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #25

    Post a screenshot of your partitions thus:
    Difficulties partitioning my new HDD. Faulty HD?-screenshot-copy1.png

    Bear in mind if you attempted a UEFI installation of Windows to that disk, that alone typically creates 4 (four) partitions.
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  6. Posts : 17,368
    Windows 11 Pro
       #26

    @Arese,

    Instead of getting another HDD to install Windows on, why not get a small SSD instead? Much faster performance.
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  7. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #27

    Early on was a line of "The USB drive is brand new USB 3.1 speed.", how does that figure into the issue? I've not yet seen Windows install as a full OS on any removable drive.
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  8. Posts : 59
    Windows 10
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       #28

    Berton said:
    Early on was a line of "The USB drive is brand new USB 3.1 speed.", how does that figure into the issue? I've not yet seen Windows install as a full OS on any removable drive.
    That was me. I mentioned that my USB drive was in good condition after I read online that a damaged installation drive could be the reason why I was getting this error.

    "Error code 0X80300024 can be caused by anything from insufficient disk space on the destination drive or damaged/corrupted installation media to a damaged, dying or otherwise corrupted hard drive."
    How to Fix Error 0x80300024 When Installing Windows - Appuals.com
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  9. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #29

    Arese said:
    That was me. I mentioned that my USB drive was in good condition after I read online that a damaged installation drive could be the reason why I was getting this error.

    "Error code 0X80300024 can be caused by anything from insufficient disk space on the destination drive or damaged/corrupted installation media to a damaged, dying or otherwise corrupted hard drive."
    How to Fix Error 0x80300024 When Installing Windows - Appuals.com
    Got it. As to the USB 3.x part, most BIOSes have built-in support for USB 2 and earlier, have to depend upon installed drivers in the OS for USB 3.x support when the OS loads. The BIOS of newer Notebooks and Desktop motherboards may have better support especially those that have combination 2/3 ports.
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