How To Avoid the Windows MBR Disk 2TB Limit by Using GPT Type Disks

If you want to use a disk larger than 2TB within Windows, it might look like you can’t use all of the space. This is due to the type of initialization performed on the disk. This lesson will show you how to initialize the disk with the "GPT" type of disk (rather than the default MBR type) so you can use disks larger than 2TB.

The 2TB Size Disk Limit Problem


Our screenshot shows you that when adding a very large disk to Windows, it looks like you can only use 2TB of that disk.

The GPT Solution


In order to use the full size, right click on the disk (1) and choose "Convert to GPT Disk" (2).


Now you have all of the space available to format (in our example, 10TB).

Creating the Partition


Now you just create the partition just like any other disk by right clicking on the unallocated space and choose "New Partition".


Notice the note when creating the new partition (circled in red on the screenshot).

Ready to Use


Once you go through the rest of the New Partition wizard and choose to format it, the disk will be available as shown.

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About djlaube

I have over 16+ years of experience helping small to enterprise businesses nationwide design and then implement enterprise storage, backup and recovery, disaster recovery and system virtualization solutions including private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud infrastructures. I hold numerous storage and virtualization certifications. I have supported 18-25 sales reps at any one time as a presales engineer, involved in all stages of the sales cycle. I have consistently been a top producer in all of my roles. I have personally delivered over 300+ complex enterprise solution implementations from multiple vendors (including VMware, EMC, Dell, Symantec and HP). I am an expert in solution design and architecture and have designed over 250+ complex solutions for customers of all sizes (SMB to Fortune 100).

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