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partition space allocation issues

Posted on 2016-09-07
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See this web page for screen shots http://jdcdemo.com/allocation.html

I cloned (with a StarTech disk duplicator) a 2TB disk on to a 4TB disk to gain space. When I put the disk back in the computer, it showed three partitions, one the original content and then two unallocated space partitions.

I went to the extend mode in Computer Management and extended, which combined one of the unallocated partitions into the original  which left one unallocated partition. (view 1 on the the linked web page http://jdcdemo.com/allocation.html)

When I attempted to repeat the extend process with the partition with the content, I got a dialog box with no option to extend (View 2 on the linked web page http://jdcdemo.com/allocation.html)

When I attempted to delete the un-allocated partition, I got a dialog box with no options other than properties (View 3 on the linked web page http://jdcdemo.com/allocation.html)

As a result, after buying a duplicator and a new disk, and cloning the old disk to the new disk, I am no better off. It appears that Windows 10 has removed all of my options. Is there a way to add this space to the original partition in Windows, or is there third party software that will do the job?

If not, what are my best options to take my original content and add it to the 4TB disk and be able to use all of the space?

Thanks,
Joe
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In order to support more than 2TB disk space, the disk must a GPT disk. So first you need to covert the new disk from MBG to GPT. If the new disk is not the system disk, just copy the data from the original over to it once you have converted it to GPT.
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In Disk Management the capacity of the disk is showing 3726.02 GB, so the operating system is recognizing it at greater than 2TB. Does that count for anything?
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No. Anything above 2TB is wasteland as long as the disk isn't GPT.
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Thanks for the info. I got some software (Minitool) that will convert to GPT and leave the content intact.
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Got it converted and merged. Thanks for sending me in the right direction and expanding my body of knowledge.
Joe
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I appreciate the knowledge and help.
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