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Just purchased wd blue 4tb ssd drive. Intended to be used internally in a win 7 pc. Right now I have it attached  through a usb port externally and trying to format it to its full capacity using Disk Management. However using ntfs it is only allowing me to create a simple volume and max size of 2 tb. 

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Yep. 2TB is a MBR or Master Boot Record Max Partition Size. In order to go higher, which is the GUID Partition Table (GPT,) you need to do two things, well have three things in place:

  1. Be running a 64-bit version of Windows.
  2. Delete any partitions on that drive. You want a blank (black) stripe across the Disk Manager
  3. Convert it to a GPT Style partition first, then use the wizard to format the partition, I use NTFS.

Currently, the highest a GPT formatted disk will go in Windows is 256TB. It will be a few years before we get to that level. Probably around 10 - 15 years or so and then there will be another Partition Type or an enhancement of some kind with GPT.

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