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How Do I Make My Partition Bigger Than 2 TB?

Updated by Roxanne on Sep 22, 2022

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. EaseUS Partition Master Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer; Step 2. Right-click the MBR disk...Full steps
Fix 2. Diskpart Step 1: Open CMD on your Windows computer; Step 2: In CMD, enter the diskpart command and open the diskpart utility...Full steps

Why Need A Partition Over 2TB?

Partitions of disks on your computer allow you to split and organize the data into different sectors. For example, you may have a 4 TB drive, and you have split that drive into four partitions, each of size 1TB.

Due to modern applications' growing demand for storage, the need for partitions over 2TB has also increased. Nowadays, many applications require a lot of storage to install on your computer. Therefore, you may have to create a partition space over 2TB.

Can MBR Be More Than 2TB?

MBR stands for Master Boot Record. It is one of the common partition styles in the Windows operating system. MBR has its advantages, but one con prevents MBR from being more style partitioned to be more than 2TB.

The reason is that MBR uses 32 bits translation. It can translate a maximum of 2,199 TB. Therefore, you can not use MBR if you need more than 2 TB of partition space.

But, don't worry, as you can use GPT (GUID Partition Table) partition style instead of MBR to have a partition of more than 2 TB. GPT is well-suited as its translation bits are higher, and you can easily present more than 2 TB partition using GPT.

If your partition is MBR style, don't worry, you will also see in this article how to convert MBR to GPT. So, without wasting any time, let's move ahead to the ways to convert MBR to GPT.

How to Create Partition Over 2TB?

You can create a partition over 2 TB in Windows operating system. But, MBR has its limitation, so first, you need to convert MBR to GPT format before creating a partition of more than 2 TB.

There are two methods in this article to convert MBR to GPT. Let's see each one in detail below.

1. Convert MBR to GPT with Partition Manager Software

Partition Manager software allows you to create, manage, and delete partitions on your computer. There is a lot of Partition Manager software out there. Still, EaseUS Partition Manager stands out among its competitors due to its reliability.

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EaseUS Partition Manager is a GUI-based tool that helps you effortlessly manage your partitions. It does everything with a few clicks. Hence, users with any computer expertise can easily use this software without much trouble.

Features of EaseUS Partition Manager:

  • Disk File System Converter: You can convert your disk file system to NTFS, FAT32, EX-FAT, etc.
  • Partition Format Conversion: Without losing any of your disk data, you can convert from GPT to MBR or MBR to GPT with few clicks.
  • Primary to Logical Partition Conversion: Easily convert your disk from primary to logical and to primary by following a few steps.
  • Disk Type Conversion: You can also change your disk type from dynamic to basic or vice versa using EaseUS Partition Manager.

These are some of the incredible features of EaseUS Partition Manager. Let's see below how to convert MBR to GPT using this software:

Steps to convert MBR to GPT using EaseUS Partition Manager

Step 1. Download and launch EaseUS Partition Master on your computer.

Step 2. Go to Disk Converter, select "Convert MBR to GPT" and click "Next" to continue.

convert MBR to GPT - 1

Step 3. Select the target MBR disk that you tend to convert to GPT, and click "Convert" to start the conversion.

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2. Use Diskpart to Convert MBR to GPT

Diskpart is a built-in utility in Windows that you can access through CMD. It allows you to enter commands and manage your disks, including their partitions.

Using the Diskpart command, you don't have to install any 3rd party tool. The only drawback is that beginners find it tough to use this method as it involves many commands.

Let's see below how to use Diskpart to convert MBR to GPT:

Step 1: Open CMD on your Windows computer.

You can do that by pressing the "Windows + R" key, which will open a Run box. Type cmd and hit OK.

open cmd

Step 2: In CMD, enter the diskpart command and open the diskpart utility.

Step 3: Type list disk and press enter to list all your disks. Here, note down the disk number you wish to convert from MBR to GPT.

Step 4: Select your MBR disk using the select disk x command. (Replace x with the number of the disk you wish to convert from MBR to GPT)

Step 5: Type the clean command and hit the enter key. (It will delete all existing volumes on your MBR disk)

Step 6: Once you are done with disk cleaning of your MBR disk, enter the convert gpt command and press enter key.

Using this command, you will be able to convert your MBR disk into GPT format.

Step 7: Now exit your CMD and restart your computer.

Type the exit command to leave your CMD after converting the MBR disk to GPT format.

mbr to gpt using diskpart

Tips: How Many Partition Is Best for 2TB?

While partitioning your disk, it can become quite complicated to decide the number of partitions for your disk. However, you can follow the below guidelines to decide how many partitions to choose in a 2 TB disk.

  • Group your work: One key strategy is to categorize the work on your computer. For example, suppose you use your computer for work and personal work. In that case, you must separate work and personal data for better management. In this case, you can opt for three partitions. One holds your OS, second your work, and third the personal data.
  • The number of operating systems: You can be running multiple operating systems on a single computer. You need a separate partition for each type of operating system. So always create partitions depending upon how many OS you need to run.
  • Follow the convention: If you still can not decide how many partitions are best for you, then do as per the convention. For example, people usually create partitions of equal sizes. So, if you have to divide a 2 TB disk into partitions, the best case is to create four equal size partitions of a 2 TB disk.

Those mentioned above are the few essential tips to help you create partitions for your 2 TB disk.

You can also learn how to check total hard disk space in windows 10.

Conclusion

The data on your computer is growing day by day. The ultimate reason for exponential data growth is large and heavy applications. To organize and manage massive data, you need separate partitions on your computer.

Disk partitions allow you to keep your data well organized. For example, you can easily separate your work and personal data using partitions. Usually, the data in your partition becomes so huge that you need a partition size of more than 2 TB.

You can only have a partition size of more than 2 TB if you have GPT as your partition type. You can not have more than a 2 TB partition using MBR as it only allows 32-bit translations.

Therefore, you need to convert MBR to GPT. You can do that using the Diskpart utility in Windows. But, the commands are not easy to use and apply for every type of user.

So, you can use Ease US Partition Manager software. It is highly reliable and gives you extensive features regarding disk partitions. Moreover, you can use the software to convert MBR to GPT in a few clicks effortlessly.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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