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Can I have a 3tb data on windows 8 32bit?

  1. #11


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    Do you have a UEFI/BIOS firmware motherboard, If YES.
    You can install in UEFI/GPT mode.

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoV View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    But if you don't add another disk then you can split the 3TB disk in 3x 1GB MBR partitions or 2 x1.5GB ones and still use it and installing WIndows on one of those partitions. The one big 3TB partition is not mandatory.
    Currently the hard disk has two MBR partitions of 100 MB and 195.21 GB (with the system). 1 with 1852.69 GB unallocated and 1 with 746.52 GB which is unreachable. You say I can use the whole 3tb with this configuration? Could you please let me know how, because the last partition is not reachable...

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    Thanks,
    Marco
    Try to make a partition from the unallocated space. Make for instance a 1TB partition and see what it says about the rest of the unallocated space.
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  3. #13


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Do you have a UEFI/BIOS firmware motherboard, If YES.
    You can install in UEFI/GPT mode.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    He won't be able to boot because he has 32bit Windows 8.
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  4. #14


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    Windows 8 32 bit CAN be booted from a GPT disk -- use a stand alone partition manager to convert to GPT and then you should be able to use the whole 3TB without any problems.

    Windows 7 will only boot from a GPT drive if its 64 bit -- Windows 8 allows either version. Note you don't have to worry about UEFI / Protected boot -- these are OTHER topics that don't have to be present in order to use GPT drives.

    I think for MBR disks the maximum partition size is 2TB.

    Convert using a stand alone utility such as Convert GPT disk to MBR disk with free partition manager, Windows Disk Management and Diskpart command.

    Backup data before doing this though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Windows 8 32 bit CAN be booted from a GPT disk -- use a stand alone partition manager to convert to GPT and then you should be able to use the whole 3TB without any problems.

    Windows 7 will only boot from a GPT drive if its 64 bit -- Windows 8 allows either version. Note you don't have to worry about UEFI / Protected boot -- these are OTHER topics that don't have to be present in order to use GPT drives.

    I think for MBR disks the maximum partition size is 2TB.

    Convert using a stand alone utility such as Convert GPT disk to MBR disk with free partition manager, Windows Disk Management and Diskpart command.

    Backup data before doing this though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Is Windows 8 different from 7 as regards booting from a GPT drive?

    GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    (For 7, only X64 supports booting from a GPT drive, and the motherboard must use UEFI. According to the article, at least.)
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Do you have a UEFI/BIOS firmware motherboard, If YES.
    You can install in UEFI/GPT mode.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    He won't be able to boot because he has 32bit Windows 8.
    Licence is for x32 or x64.
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Windows 8 32 bit CAN be booted from a GPT disk -- use a stand alone partition manager to convert to GPT and then you should be able to use the whole 3TB without any problems.

    Windows 7 will only boot from a GPT drive if its 64 bit -- Windows 8 allows either version. Note you don't have to worry about UEFI / Protected boot -- these are OTHER topics that don't have to be present in order to use GPT drives.

    I think for MBR disks the maximum partition size is 2TB.

    Convert using a stand alone utility such as Convert GPT disk to MBR disk with free partition manager, Windows Disk Management and Diskpart command.

    Backup data before doing this though.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Is Windows 8 different from 7 as regards booting from a GPT drive?

    GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    (For 7, only X64 supports booting from a GPT drive, and the motherboard must use UEFI. According to the article, at least.)
    If you convert the HDD with Windows 8 x32 installed, to GPT, the HDD will be made unbootable.

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    If you try to reinstall x32, will not install.

    Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.
    To reinstall you would need to delete all partition, which will convert the HDD back to MBR style.
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  8. #18


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    win 8


    Hey folks,

    I have now installed Windows 8 x64 and have a 1TB hard drive (where I installed the OS) and 3TB which is going to be used to store data. I installed on SATA0 the 1tb hd, on SATA 1 the DVD unit and on SATA 2 the 3tb hd. I wasn't able to see from Computer Management the 3tb hd but from bios I was able to see it, so I exchanged: SATA 1 connected the 3tb hd and SATA 2 the DVD unit. Now I can see the 3tb hd but not the DVD unit. What can I do? Should I assume that SATA 2 is not working? Is there anything I am missing here?

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    Thanks,
    Marco
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  9. #19


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    Try the SATA3 port.
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  10. #20


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    win 8


    Already tried and cannot see either... but again, from bios I am able to see it
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