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rlocone

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Hello All,

I'm attempting to run Spinrite on a HGST 4T drive. Spinrite is barking about the partition and or the drive being too large to handle. I tried removing all of the partitions off of the drive and leave it blank. All I want at this point is for Spinrate to read the surface.

Thanks for your time and attention,
 
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Hello All,

I'm attempting to run Spinrite on a HGST 4T drive. Spinrite is barking about the partition and or the drive being too large to handle. I tried removing all of the partitions off of the drive and leave it blank. All I want at this point is for Spinrate to read the surface.

Thanks for your time and attention,
I think you will have to wait for Spinrite 6.1 to handle drives as large as yours!
 

DanR

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Sep 17, 2020
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Hello All,

I'm attempting to run Spinrite on a HGST 4T drive. Spinrite is barking about the partition and or the drive being too large to handle. I tried removing all of the partitions off of the drive and leave it blank. All I want at this point is for Spinrate to read the surface.

Thanks for your time and attention,
SpinRite 6.0 has a drive capacity limit of 2.2 TB. Any drive capacity beyond the first 2.2 TB will be inaccessible to SR 6.0.

SpinRite 6.1 (It's not here yet!) will not have this limitation; it will handle drives of any TB size.

A workaround: Partition the drive into 2 partitions of 2 TB each. Then SpinRite the partitions one at a time.

Note: When partitioning, choose NTFS or FAT 32, but not GPT. SR 6.0 does not do GPT (but SR 6.1 will).
 

drwtsn32

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Sep 19, 2020
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When partitioning, choose NTFS or FAT 32, but not GPT.

This doesn't quite make sense to me. GPT is a partition structure. NTFS and FAT32 are filesystem formats. I think you have to use GPT on disks over 2TiB in capacity (instead of the older MBR partition structure). SR 6.0 not supporting GPT is understandable.
 
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DanR

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Sep 17, 2020
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This doesn't quite make sense to me. GPT is a partition structure. NTFS and FAT32 are filesystem formats. I think you have to use GPT on disks over 2TiB in capacity (instead of the older MBR partition structure). SR 6.0 not supporting GPT is understandable.
You are correct! GPT is a partition table format; not a file format. I made the classic mistake of assuming too much on the part of the reader. My bad! DUH!
 
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