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  1. I have bought a Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB: It is a fantastic drive. What I was looking for was something portable that could be driven by a single USB port without additional power. The drive came configured as a 4TB humongous MBR disk formatted with NTFS, with 4k sectors. I had to undo this configuration to accommodate my needs (1.5TB HFS+ partition for Time machine backups and a 2.5TB NTFS partition working as a Mac/Windows shared drive. For this I have configured it as a GUID disk. I am wondering: How do they configure this huge disk as MBR with a single 4TB partition? Can this be done with tools like Parted Magic? I did not have the time to test this but am still curious. Thanks.
  2. Hi, I run Windows 7 Pro SP-1 64-Bit with a ASRock P67 PRO3 (B3) MoBo that has a UEFI BIOS. I have: EaseUS Partition Master Pro v9.2.2 EaseUS Partition Wizard Home v8.1.1 Acronis Disk Director 11 Home Acronis True Image 2014 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 installed a Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB HDD that is Advanced Format 512e and is properly "Aligned" using the Toshiba provided utility. The PH3200U-1I72 is used as storage only on partitions "F" thru "M" set as MBR and working perfectly as below: F is 1.7 TB's Set As NTFS G is 1 GB's Set As Fat32 H is 5 GB's Set As Fat32 I is 4 GB's Set As NTFS J is 30 GB's Set As Fat32 K is 20 GB's Set As Fat32 L is 50 GB's Set As Fat32 M is 50 GB's Set As Fat32 I bought a Toshiba PH3300U-1I72 3TB HDD to replace the 2TB. I know that 3TBers can't utilize the full capacity in MBR, and must be set as GPT to do so. 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 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 (Near the bottom): 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. Soooooooooo, 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. Thanks in advance for any help you can be. Big Al