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Old 04-16-08, 03:04 AM   #1
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Lightbulb I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

Every time I go into manage under disk management I get prompted to initialize disk 4
It offers the following...

Use the following partition style for the selected disks:

MBR (Master Boot Record)

or

GPT (GULD Partition Table)

I don't want to raid. I want each hard drive to be independent.

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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

??

Tell us more about disk 4? Did you just install it? Is it a new partition? Is it a currently working disk that seem corrupt?
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Old 04-16-08, 04:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

Disable Raid in the bios for whatever Sata port it is using.
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Old 04-16-08, 10:01 AM   #4
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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

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??

Tell us more about disk 4? Did you just install it? Is it a new partition? Is it a currently working disk that seem corrupt?
No, I just unchecked the box and did the normal delete, rename to drive Z:\ Format...
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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

so your only question is what partition style to use?

use MBR
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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

Just use MBR.
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so your only question is what partition style to use?

use MBR

Use MBR for all 5 drives or just 1?
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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

I accidentally converted one of my discs to a GPT drive the other day. I had to piss about formating it and converting it back in command prompt
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Use MBR for all 5 drives or just 1?
Yes as it says use MBR. GPT is only for 2TB or more. They ALL should already be MBR if they have been formatted before.
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Use MBR for all 5 drives or just 1?
Yes. Is this a new hard drive? Or 5 new hard drives? The only time you have to pick MBR or GPT is the first time you initialize the hard drive. After that you just partition and format it.
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Default Re: I need help formatting over a terabyte of combined drive space!

Okay, Just formatted all the hard drives and Windows Vista x64 only shows 2 hard drives. WTF? I don't have anything setup in the bios to enable RAID. So why can't I see all the formatted hard drives when I click and go into my computer?
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Yes. Is this a new hard drive? Or 5 new hard drives? The only time you have to pick MBR or GPT is the first time you initialize the hard drive. After that you just partition and format it.

I just got the computer back and the hard drives new but now I'm not ever being prompted to selected anything since I unchecked that box. I don't even see the box because I ignored it and did a new format with out options.
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