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  • Question

  • Howdy folks!

    I initially set up my server (WHS2011) back in about 2010 and quickly added a 3TB HD to the system only to find that WHS2011 was unable to format and use the entire 3TB due to an NTFS limitation.  I have doing some research tonight and it seems that there are rumors of work-arounds for this old problem now. 

    I fried a motherboard a year and  a half ago and never got the system back running again until this week, and now am wondering which work-around has the best promise of actually making the entire 3TB of my drive available to WHS.  Any suggestions on where to look for the best solution?  Stabelbit sounds like a winner, and its pretty cheap, but if there is a no-cost way of doing this I;d like to try that first.  Either way I have to move all of my old files off of the storage drive and format the drive, just looking for the best and/easiest option.


    Sunday, February 8, 2015 4:17 AM


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  • AFAIK, WHS2011 will not boot from a GPT-partitioned drive but will be able to use it. Assuming this is not your OS drive and that the data is backed-up/transferred, simply use Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management to convert that drive to a GPT-partition.
    • Proposed as answer by Justin Gu Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:47 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by RonVand Sunday, February 22, 2015 3:11 AM
    Monday, February 9, 2015 1:03 PM
  • Hi Ron,

    Just addition, please also refer to following articles and check if help you.

    Understanding the 2 TB Limit in Windows Storage

    Windows support for hard disks that are larger than 2 TB

    How to back up the data in volume which is larger than 2TB?

    If anything I misunderstand or any update, please don't hesitate to let us know.

    Best regards,

    Justin Gu

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    • Marked as answer by RonVand Sunday, February 22, 2015 3:07 AM
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:47 AM
  • Thank you Justin.  I had read the first article in my initial search for the answer to this problem and understood the issues, but I had not run across the second article.  That one seems to be the answer to my question as it gives pretty simple directions on how to go about setting up a GPT drive. 

    Now I have to back up all the data I have stored on the 3tb drive to other drives and re-initiate the drive as a GPT.  Fortunately I have plenty of drives.  Thanks again for the help!


    Sunday, February 22, 2015 3:11 AM