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Windows 8 and 3 terabyte hard disk how to set up as one partition?

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Added a Western Digital Green 3 terabyte hard disk as a backup device, final link in the hopefully bullet proof mass storage system - it's in a removable caddy so I can even put it in a fire safe if I feel the need or there's a hurricane bearing down on us.
Trouble is I can't get Windows 8 to see it as one single partition.
Any ideas / tips / tricks?
Thanks

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RE: Windows 8 and 3 terabyte hard disk

The drive needs to be converted to a GPT format rather than MBR. In Disk Management, you should just be able to right click on the drive and convert to GPT disk (this will delete anything on it).

 

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RE: Windows 8 and 3 terabyte hard disk

Thanks for the tip.

In the best "leave it alone and look again in the morning" tradition Windows managed to see it as a single 3TB NTFS partition yesterday.  Now my desktop PC is fully "backup-able".  All I have to do is get the wife to fork out the extra 150 bucks to add a backup to the office server and my work is done (for now).