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  1. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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       #11

    Looks like a 2048 GB D partition with 3541 GB unallocated.

    Have you tried to add the 3541 to D?

    Did that attempt fail?
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  2. Posts : 46
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       #12

    Yes, there is no option to initialize the partition? It must be something to do with Macrium Reflect, when it finished I had 3 partitions one of which where the old D drive files where was approximately 1tb (same size as the original HDD). The only thing I can think of is reformatting D drive and doing it again.

    Kevin
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  3. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
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       #13

    KevinUK said:
    Yes, there is no option to initialize the partition? It must be something to do with Macrium Reflect, when it finished I had 3 partitions one of which where the old D drive files where was approximately 1tb (same size as the original HDD). The only thing I can think of is reformatting D drive and doing it again.

    Kevin
    The unallocated space is NOT a partition.

    What do you want to do with that unallocated space?

    Add it to D?

    Make a separate partition?

    If you are unable to do either of those things through Disk Management menus, then you likely need to wipe it all out and initialize the entire drive as GPT (if it is now initialized as MBR). That would mean deleting the D partition, so the whole thing is "unallocated space".

    You seem to have an Asus X99 motherboard, which should be new enough to accept a 6 TB drive.
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  4. Posts : 46
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       #14

    Add it to drive D
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #15

    It's likely MBR partitioned. I think MiniTool Partition Wizard will convert data drives to GPT for free without data loss..

    MBR partitioning is limited to 2 TB. What @KevinUK initially saw was the original size data partition, D: drive, then unallocated space up to the 2 TB limit, then the inaccessible unallocated space after that, which he called "3 partitions". Then he extended the D: drive partition to the 2 TB limit which is where we are at now.

    And I just confirmed that MiniTool Partition Wizard (Free) will convert a data drive from MBR to GPT:
    Change HDD-capture.jpg

    Then you can also use MiniTool Partition Wizard to finish extending the D: drive into the empty space.
    Last edited by NavyLCDR; 16 Sep 2017 at 13:19.
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  6. Posts : 46
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       #16

    NavyLCDR & ignatzatsonic

    Thanks for your responses. I will look into the "MiniTool Partition Wizard" in the morning. I thought that simply imaging the old drive and restoring to the new drive would be easy?

    With reference to my original post, I have a SSD installed as C drive which contains the operating system and D drive is where documents, pictures etc are and the location was changed from the windows default path of C by changing the target. If I formatted the new 6tb drive could the original D drive be copied and pasted?? or would this be an issue.

    Kevin



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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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       #17

    It would have been easier had your original HDD been GPT. Using a large disk like that means you need to use GPT to use the 6Tb.

    E.g.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2581408/windows-support-for-hard-disks-that-are-larger-than-2-tb
    How To Solve MBR Disk 2TB Partition Limit in Windows 8/8.1/7/Vista?


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  8. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #18

    KevinUK said:
    If I formatted the new 6tb drive could the original D drive be copied and pasted?? or would this be an issue.

    Kevin
    If you reformat the 6TB using GPT, create the huge partition, format it as NTFS - it would be better just to copy the old D: drive partition over the top of the new, empty partition. It won't be a problem copying and pasting the files and folders, but I think copying the partition itself would be better.

    However, you already have the D: drive set up on the new drive. All you need to do is convert the drive to GPT and extend the D: drive partition to the end. Less than 5 minutes with MiniTool Partition Wizard.
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  9. Posts : 46
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       #19

    NavyLCDR said:
    If you reformat the 6TB using GPT, create the huge partition, format it as NTFS - it would be better just to copy the old D: drive partition over the top of the new, empty partition. It won't be a problem copying and pasting the files and folders, but I think copying the partition itself would be better.

    However, you already have the D: drive set up on the new drive. All you need to do is convert the drive to GPT and extend the D: drive partition to the end. Less than 5 minutes with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    Thanks for your help NavyLCDR the drive has been converted to GPT and extended using your recommendation for the MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    Also a thanks to the rest of you guys.

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