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    Backing up to a 4 TB external drive Win 7

    I was using the built-in Win 7 backup for my main desktop computer. I expanded my external drive to a 4TB drive and now I understand that Win 7 doesn't know what to do with a drive that large.

    Can someone please point me to recommendations how to back up to a large external drive? Thank you!

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    Two choices.
    1. Create 2 x 2TB partitions.
    2. Create one GPT partition and format as NTFS.

    What is the current partition structure?

    cheers, Paul

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    Hello, Paul -- I did not do anything to the drive -- out of the box. It is a 4Tb Western Digital My Book.

    I have been using Free File Sync in the mirror mode -- but I preferred having an auto backup overnight that I didn't have to think about.

    My main working computer HD is 2 Tb. If I were to partition the MyBook, would that make it easier to offload video to one partition and back up to the other?

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    If you offload video to the external disk it's no longer a backup - you need at least 2 copies for it to be a backup.
    Partitioning makes no difference, the backup is just a bunch of files, same as the videos.

    cheers, Paul

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    A WD MyBook comes formatted as NTFS, so I think the full 4TB should just work on Windows 7: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=870

    (Mine does with Windows 10.)

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    I thought Win 7 would only take up to 3TB ?

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    GPT or partitioning IIRC
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