Can't use my new 3TB disk


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I bought a Hitachi Deskstar 3TB disk last week. It's for back up only. I have a sort of "quick release" SATA hatch in my pc that I slot HDDs into and this is what I'm using.

However, in disk manager, it shows as 2 partitions, one of 2048 and one of 746. I cannot "combine" the two of them into one simple volume.

Anyone any ideas how to go about this? Thanks.


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Can you the disk as unpartitioned space, with no file system, then format to NTFS (or whatever file system you use)


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XP suppports partitions up to 2TB, Vista/7 support GPT partions which are a lot larger - I can't remember but that it will last me this century.

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