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PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Colleagues,

I added a new 3 TB HDD to my data pool but formatted it as MBR instead of GPT so I am not getting the full 3 TB worth of disk I am supposed to have. There is data already in the disk. So, my question is: can I remove, format the disk as GPT and put it back without loosing any data?

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Not that I'm aware of. Format is a format. Even if there was some voodoo, I wouldn't trust it.

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Humm???
I don't use stablebit.
But from what I read it only supports nfts meaning stuck with the 2tb limit.

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Sure you can but you must use the Remove Drive Function of Stablebit in the console. Then reformat to GPT, put it back in and add it to the pool.

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Ruben Rocha wrote:
Humm???
I don't use stablebit.
But from what I read it only supports nfts meaning stuck with the 2tb limit.


NTFS has no 2TB limit, you're thinking MBR.

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#-o Well, yes, I guess that is what pooling is all about, being able to pull a drive from the pool without losing data.
You can do whatever you want to the drive once it's removed and has no data on it.

I was thinking of data still on the drive and trying to change the format. Pretty sure you can't do that.

Thx for the thoughts, when I start working with the larger drives this fall I will have to remember about the correct formatting or I'll find myself in the same boat.

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