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Can drivepool use the unused space of hdds?

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I remember 10 years ago it was possible with some programs to use all space of hdd. Just got a 16tb and it has actual size 14.5, is it possible to unlock the extra size with drivepool or other programs?

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13 hours ago, billis777 said:

I remember 10 years ago it was possible with some programs to use all space of hdd. Just got a 16tb and it has actual size 14.5, is it possible to unlock the extra size with drivepool or other programs?

Disk manufacturers use the definition of a kilobyte as 1000 bytes vs 1024 bytes on the computer side. That's where your "missing" space is. There is no way to unlock more space, nor has there ever been a way.

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Back into 2007-2008 there was a software that made hdds bigger than 1-2 tb be recognizable by windows and it was advertising that extra unused space can be used.

It was a software converting mbr to gpt or something like that, cant remember its name.

Thanks for the info everyone.

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Yes, drives larger than 2TB are not supported by MBR. So you had to convert to GPT if they were MBR. That did not increase space, it just allowed to access the entire drive.

You already have access to your entire 16TB drive.

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19 hours ago, Umfriend said:

Yes, drives larger than 2TB are not supported by MBR. So you had to convert to GPT if they were MBR. That did not increase space, it just allowed to access the entire drive.

You already have access to your entire 16TB drive.

Yeah that was it! I thought back then wrongly that it was giving access to the extra space that we cant touch now lol.

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