NovaBACKUP requires GPT for hard drives that are 2TB and larger (GPT partition type for drives 2TB and larger in size utilized as the destination storage device)

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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 10:28AM PDT
Question:
Does NovaBACKUP software work with hard drives that are 2TB and larger in physical size utilized as the destination storage device?

Answer:
Yes. NovaBACKUP supports drives that are 2TB and larger in physical size if utilized as the destination storage device, but those drives must be converted to GPT (GUID partition table) partitions as Windows has a limit of 2TB partition using MBR (Master Boot Record).

NOTE: Image Backup requires GPT (GUID) partition style to work effectively if utilizing a 2TB or larger hard drive as the destination storage device for your images.

The 2TB limit is the result of the 32-bit limitation of the partitioning scheme used by most Windows computers systems, which is called a MBR. To make more bits available, the storage device must be initialized using GPT, which uses a 64-bit partitioning scheme. For more information on how to initialize a data disk using GPT, view the Microsoft Knowledge Base or follow the instructions below:
  1. Go to your Start menu, and type in diskmgmt.msc in the search box, click on diskmgmt. You may need to run this as Administrator.
  2. In the Initialize Disk dialog box, click on GPT (GUID Partition Table), and then click OK.
  3. Verify that the disk has been initialized by looking at the Disk Management Window. In the lower section of the window, you should see a status for the disk. If it initialized, it will indicate that it is online.
  4. Now that the disk has been initialized, you will need to partition the disk and then format that disk using a file system. Right click on the un-allocated disk space on the right side of the status row for that disk and click New Simple Volume and then follow the steps provided in the partition wizard to assign a name and drive letter to the partition.

Here are additional full guides on how to do this:

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26193-convert-mbr-disk-gpt-disk.html

 

Here is a second guide on how to convert an MBR Disk to GPT Disk:

 

http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/GPT-disk-partition-manager/convert-mbr-disk-to-gpt-disk.htm

NOTE: Image Backup requires GPT (GUID) partition style to work effectively if utilizing a 2TB or larger hard drive as the destination storage device for your images, once in a while you can get it to image successfully with MBR partition style but it is not 100% reliable.
 

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