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    Verbatim USB3 Desktop Hard Drive

    I got this as a Christmas present, it's 3Tb!

    It comes with two seperate partitions, one 2Tb, the second the remainder, formatted in Fat32.

    I don't want two seperate partitions, I want just one formatted to NTFS, so I deleted the two it came with, but this still left me with two discs in disc management.
    Consequently I can't make a 3Tb single partition.
    Anyone got useful advice on this?

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    First, the OS may have a problem with the 3 Tb size. There may be a theoretical 2.2 Tb limit per partition. This article, and others like it somewhat explain the limits. The MS Blog team also has an explanation.

    I suspect this is why the drive was originally formatted the way it was. I suppose you could create 2 partitions, both NTFS, with both less than the theoretical limit.
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    To add to Ted's information about 2.2 TB partitions, you might like to look at something about (so-called!) Advanced Format Disks - yours may perhaps be one of them.
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    Thanks for the info.
    I did exactly what the manual said. In Disk Management I deleted the two FAT32 partitions then realised I still had two drives and no way to combine them, so I couldn't create a partition greater than 2Tb.
    I'll get onto Verbatims help line after the hols and report back what they tell me.

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    What operating system are you running?
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    XP and 32 bit Win 7: Seagate's DiskWizzard will at least allow you to see and format what would otherwise just be lost space on a 3TB drive...still end up with 2 partitions though. The Paragon GPT Loader costs $20 and can map all 3 TB into one big partition but cannot be used either as the system drive or externally (though I would think eSATA would work).

    64-bit Windows 7 and 8: Have to make sure the drive has the GUID partition table and not an MBR partition table and if using an older Intel system, it has to be capable of using or being updated to the Rapid Storage Technology driver 10.1 or above before it can see the whole drive as one partition.

    I prefer KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) and just avoid any drives larger than 2 TB until all my perfectly functioning, but ancient hardware dies.

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    I'm running Win7Ult and Win8Pro (dual booting).

    Both see the external unit as two drives, not just two partitions. Couldn't be Verabatim packaging two hard drives in an enclosure could it?

    I'll wait and see what they say when I can contact them.

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    Finally got in touch with Verbatim. Apparently it's an advanced form of drive allocation, they sent me a small exe file that gave me the option to reformat it as one drive with one partition, which it now is.
    Just wonder why they didn't say that in the documentation.

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    Well, some say documentation/instructions are just another man's opinion.

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