External hard drive format problem


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I used rufus install windows go on 8tb external hard drive. rufus alcate only 2tb limit partiton for windows go. now i want format the drive back to 8tb. windows format only format to 2tb.

how to to sove this issue?
 
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My way is to boot to a Linux Mint LiveDVD and run the GPARTED program or boot to a GPARTED LiveCD and delete all partitions to give a drive its as-shipped condition. Either method can also be used to create new partitions as desired and I let Windows determine what it wants during a clean installation but with an External drive used for storage I'd probably go with NTFS or exFAT formatting.
 

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Wouldn't the native Disk Management Tool within Windows 10 be sufficient for the task to remove any allocated partitions / volumes and then format the drive as NTFS.
I willingly admit to a lack of experience with these larger drives as I've never been a big "all your eggs in one basket" fan.
 
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Yes. I would not imagine MS has a limit, but, like Trouble, I have never tried it on such a HD
 

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They can definitely use Disk Management to format an 8TB drive.

Note: They will need to select GPT (Guid partition table) given their drive is larger than 2TB
 
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The thread caught my interest, as said, I have no knowledge and experience of using such large disks.
But, if Windows 10 can do the trick, why bother with a third party program+ (Just an interested enquiry!)
As Regedit says, it seems you select the correct option for formatting - done?
 

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