Windows 10: Can I use a 4TB hard drive in a disk caddy to backup?

Discus and support Can I use a 4TB hard drive in a disk caddy to backup? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hi, I'm currently using a 2TB hard in a disk caddy to backup (with EaseUs software) using incremental backups but my disk is getting full (I have a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by tallonius, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. tallonius Win User

    Can I use a 4TB hard drive in a disk caddy to backup?


    Hi,

    I'm currently using a 2TB hard in a disk caddy to backup (with EaseUs software) using incremental backups but my disk is getting full (I have a lot of graphics and video files). I'm thinking of buying a 4TB hard drive to use in the caddy - I use a caddy so I can keep my backup drive elsewhere in case of burglary etc.

    I've read that Win 10 can't 'see' more than 2TB, and so a 4TB drive would have to be setup using something called GPT rather then the normal MBR format.

    My main worry is that Windows may not be able to see it because it's in a caddy - so I'll be left with an expensive 2Tb drive... Is anyone using a GPT-formatted 4TB successfully in a caddY

    Also, can I keep my other drives as MBR?

    Thanks.

    :)
     
    tallonius, Sep 8, 2018
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  2. michael Win User

    Please suggest Best 4TB NAS External Hard Disk

    Hi Guys,

    Please suggest Best 4TB NAS External Hard Disk.

    There are only two WD or Segate

    What I want:-

    1.USB 3.0
    2.LAN port
    3.Torrent client
    4.DLNA streaming

    Please suggest if you have any experiences

    Thanks.
     
    michael, Sep 8, 2018
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  3. icmk Win User
    Windows 7 and 4TB Hard Drive

    I seem to be running into trouble with getting W7 to work with a WD Red 4TB, I would be grateful if someone can point out my errors.

    After I connected and initialized the drive as a GPT disk, W7 reported it as a 1.67TB partition. DISKPART, EASEUS/Paragon PMs all reported the same so I used GPARTED to format it as a 4TB NTFS drive. Reboot back to W7 which now see all 4TB in a single partition, so I assumed that everything was fine.

    Used ROBOCOPY to populate the drive overnight with about 2TB of data. But the next day W7 reports the drive as not accessible. Thought I must have received a bad drive so I ran an extended Data LifeGuard test. But WinDLG reported NO error.

    However W7 now report the drive as unformatted and want to format it. So I ran the EASEUS/Paragon PMs and some parts of them see the 4TB, other parts see only 1.67TB. DISKPART reports different sizes too.

    This is the output from DISKPART:

    DISKPART> list disk

    Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
    -------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
    Disk 0 Online 931 GB 0 B
    Disk 1 Online 931 GB 0 B
    Disk 2 Online 1678 GB 0 B *
    Disk 3 Online 223 GB 0 B

    DISKPART> list volume

    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- -------
    Volume 0 R DVD-ROM 0 B No Media
    Volume 1 G Black NTFS Partition 931 GB Healthy Pagefil
    Volume 2 H Blue NTFS Partition 931 GB Healthy
    Volume 3 D NTFS Partition 3726 GB Healthy
    Volume 4 C Root NTFS Partition 223 GB Healthy System

    DISKPART> select disk 2

    Disk 2 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> list partition

    Partition ### Type Size Offset
    ------------- ---------------- ------- -------
    Partition 1 Primary 3726 GB 1024 KB


    I've Googled the problem but most of them seem to involve initializing the drive as a MBR disk. I'd be truly thankful if someone can give me some help on this.
     
    icmk, Sep 8, 2018
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    Static~Charge, Sep 8, 2018
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