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    Toshiba 3TB GPT Partitioned & Fat32

    Hi, I run Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

    with a ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) MoBo

    that has a UEFI BIOS.


    I have EaseUS Partition Master Pro v9.2.2

    and EaseUS Partition Wizard Home v8.1.1

    as well as Acronis Disk Director 11 Home Build 11.0.2121


    My C, D and E partitions are on a 120 GB NTFS SSD with a MBR.

    I installed Windows 7 on a pre-partitioned SSD so no hidden

    "System Partition".


    I'm getting a Toshiba PH3300U-1I72 3TB HDD that will

    have to be GPT Partitioned to get the full 3TBs.


    It will be used as storage only on partitions "F" thru "M".


    F will be 2.629 TB's Set As Fat32

    G will be 1 GB's Set As Fat32

    H will be 5 GB's Set As Fat32

    I will be 4 GB's Set As NTFS

    J will be 30 GB's Set As Fat32

    K will be 20 GB's Set As Fat32

    L will be 50 GB's Set As Fat32

    M will be 50 GB's Set As Fat32


    My question: Can my Toshiba 3TB be partitioned as above?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can be.

    Big Al

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    I've heard/read about huge partitions being nothing but trouble to format to FAT32 and that many FAT32 partitions looks like a subscription for data loss to me.

    Partitions themselves won't be a problem. My solution was to get rid of anything that couldn't read NTFS because there are additional restrictions using FAT32 other than just not being as reliable.

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    I am Big Al also.

    I had 6 partitions on XP. All were NTFS.

    It gives a nice separation of everything.

    I reciently purchased a Win 7 system and I have reduced it to 3 partitions.

    Still working things out. But many partitions lead to resizing them later. I repartitioned
    them about 5 times. A pain.

    Seems the format of the differing partitions between Fat and NTFS is your choice.
    But nothing to back that up.
    Al

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    The biggest issue with using FAT32 is that you are limited to files that are 4GB in size or less. This is usually only a problem if you are dealing with high def video files which can be larger than that. I've had to reformat my USB drives and SD cards with NTFS to hold some of the video files I have.

    I also don't understand the rationale behind having a lot of partitions. My 4TB Toshiba drives have only one partition each. Ditto for my 240GB SSD - only one partition. Having a single partition and using directories to organize files might be a better idea - then you can easily adjust the amount of storage available in each directory.

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    May I suggest xFAT to replace FAT32?

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    What's xFAT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A1ex View Post
    What's xFAT?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT
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    OK guys, course is changing a little:

    I would make 5 partitions, 4 NTFS and one small FAT32.


    I use Norton's Ghost weekly and it has issues with GPT.


    I proceeded to contact various partitioning/cloning software

    companies to see if their products could be used in place of

    Ghost.


    The partial exchange below is between TeraByte Unlimited and me:

    TBU:

    "If your new drive uses 4K sector sizes you
    wouldn't need to have a GPT."

    Me:

    Please elaborate.

    BTW, This is what my present Toshiba 2TB looks like:

    http://i.technet.microsoft.com/dynimg/IC546236.jpg


    TBU:

    If you expose the 4K sector size and not the emulated

    normal 512 byte sector size, you can use an MBR and

    use the entire space (up to 16TiB).

    0xFFFFFFFF*512=2,199,023,255,040
    0xFFFFFFFF*4096=17,592,186,040,320


    Me:

    With what software and what is the procedure to go about

    doing this?

    Can it be done via a Bootable CD or must it be done in Windows

    with just my SSD and empty 3TB connected?


    TBU:

    It would be a drive feature/option, typically using
    a jumper. The BIOS would also have to support the larger
    sizes too so it doesn't crash reading larger sectors, a
    modern BIOS should be able to handle it.


    My hunt for answers from Toshiba is a lost cause as their

    support is a TOTAL joke and does NOT offer E-Mail support.

    So, I'm here to find out if this "exposing the 4K sector size" can,

    indeed, be done to my PH3300U-1I72, and if so, EXACTLY how to go

    about doing it.

    Also, are there any shortcomings to having the Toshiba "exposing

    the 4K sector size" using 5 partitions, 4 NTFS and one small FAT32?


    Big Al

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