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Topic # 108155 24-Aug-2012 22:22 Send private message

Hi guys,

Chucked a 3TB HDD in my external enclosure and it is showing up as ~750GB... I did a bit of reading and found out why this might be but I am wondering why the 2.2TB partition isnt showing up as well.

Seems to already be GPT format but from what I've read there should be another partition as well. I had this same issue when I put in an internal 3TB (showed up as 800+ 2200) but when I covered it to gpt it went to a single 3TB.

From what I've read it's the USB controller that is probably to blame. My question is if I do put the disk internal and format it to a single 3TB partition and then put it back in the USB enclosure, will that work?

Anything I can do at all apart from buying a new USB enclosure that supports 3TB drives?

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  Reply # 676631 24-Aug-2012 23:15 Send private message

Does gparted provide any additional?



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  Reply # 676637 24-Aug-2012 23:44 Send private message

I ran Gparted with the drive in the USB enclosure and same thing. Could only see one 750Gb drive and couldn't change it

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  Reply # 676656 25-Aug-2012 01:08 Send private message

The sata to usb chip won't be able to recognise the full 3TB. I reckon you will need a new enclosure that supports 3TB drives. 2.2TB seems to be the magic number.



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  Reply # 676667 25-Aug-2012 02:55 Send private message

Yeah that's what I read.

however I plugged the HDD directly onto the mobo via a SATA cable and removed the partitions and reformatted it and it now appears as 2.78TB, even in my external USB enclosure.

Glad I don't need to upgrade anything :)

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  Reply # 676755 25-Aug-2012 11:24 Send private message

Asmodeus: Yeah that's what I read.

however I plugged the HDD directly onto the mobo via a SATA cable and removed the partitions and reformatted it and it now appears as 2.78TB, even in my external USB enclosure.

Glad I don't need to upgrade anything :)


Don't be too happy just yet, it can see a partition table that shows a 3TB partition, it doesn't mean it can access the whole disk and IME a 3TB on an obsolete bridge chip just leads to massive data corruption.




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  Reply # 679432 30-Aug-2012 19:33 Send private message

if you had vista or win7 you could of just resized it with the inbuilt disk manager. or if you had xp you could of tryed easeus




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