Hard drive of 4TB detected as 2TB

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I just went to the store in order to get a custom build PC. I handpicked all the component and have a technician build it up for me. The issue is that I ordered a 4 TB hard drive on my setup and on windows 7 the pc is ‘seeing’ only 2 TB. I have checked with the technician and guaranteed to me that it was 4 TB. Can anyone help me with this problem?

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Hard drive of 4TB detected as 2TB

Hi Ned,
From the information you have provided, it looks like that the drive has been formatted using the legacy Master Record Boot (MRB) which has a limitation of 2TB. To overcome this, GPT is required to create the partition table. Windows 7 can handle 4TB only when its drive is prepared to overcome the limitation due to traditional partitioning scheme (MBR).
Drives exceeding 2.2TB required initialization using the GPT partitioning scheme in case the manufacturer has not already implemented that in your system. You will be able to do it with Windows Management

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