Re-initialize 3GB HDD in server 2012

Posted on 2015-01-25
Last Modified: 2015-01-29

I installed a new 3gb HDD in my 2012 server.  When it was initialising I said do as MBR but then I can only use 2gb.

How can I get disk manager to re-initialize and ask me first question again?

Thanks Terry
Question by:terrybuck9
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First, delete all the partitions on the disk (destroying your data).

Then, once you have an empty disk, you can right click on left hand column where it says "Disk X Basic 3TB Online", and click "Convert to GPT". That will wipe out the partition table and set it up as  a GPT instead of MBR.

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Did that, but it is still only 2gb.
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do you really mean 3 & 2 are in GB?

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sorry I mean TB
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from an administrative command prompt
list disk
sel disk x          // replace x with the # of the 3TB disk

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Yes that got me to the first question again.  But even after I did clean, I then did list disk again and it still only showed 2tb.  then I did diskmgmt, GPT and still says only 2tb.
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please check this article
it gives some insight about the problem and limitations, and how can be solved

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Yes its a Dell server that I need a bios upgrade.
Thanks Terry

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