Windows 10: 4tb hdd only can use 1.5gb Solved

  1.    20 Oct 2015 #1

    4tb hdd only can use 1.5gb


    My friend is going to be giving me his 4tb external hard drive tomorrow but the problem is that it can only hold about 1.5 gigs (if that) now before you say that it has incorrect memory listed I will say that I do hear mechanical parts moving around in it but what it sounds like to me is that the read/write head cant go past a certain point on the disk, If I put a file on it then it will go about to 1 gigabyte then it just sits there with the loading bar stuck and I hear a motor running like the motor keeps getting set back or something. My question to you is what is your thoughts on what it is? I dont think its a stuck disk because it doesn't make the weird electronic (almost a beep) noises that I have seen with hard drives that got fused. He got the drive from a pawn shop for like 30 bucks so not a big loss but if anything I would love to just make it an internal drive if I cant keep it external. I get it tomorrow when he comes by at 8am to bring me something he borrowed so I don't have it right now to check out any ideas yet. Any suggestions/ideas would be great.
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  2.    21 Oct 2015 #2

    It has to be formatted in GPT not MBR.
    GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  3.    21 Oct 2015 #3

    Yes as CountMike says, hard drives over 3Tb must use GPT otherwise they won't see the full space.
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  4.    21 Oct 2015 #4

    ok I'll try it when he arrives in an hour.
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  5.    21 Oct 2015 #5

    darkf0xx said: View Post
    ok I'll try it when he arrives in an hour.
    I would recommend using MiniTool Partition Wizard Free to check it out with:
    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

    That makes it easier to convert it to GPT and move/expand the partition(s).
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  6.    21 Oct 2015 #6

    ok so I took it apart after I changed it to gpt and it didnt do anything still so i took it apart and turns out the middle write head was bent.
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  7.    22 Oct 2015 #7

    darkf0xx said: View Post
    ok so I took it apart after I changed it to gpt and it didnt do anything still so i took it apart and turns out the middle write head was bent.
    It's bin time now !
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