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marineris

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Re: November 2018 $750 HTPC & first time builder
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2019, 12:37:15 PM »
OK thanks, Ari. Iíll look inside at around 3 months and see how it is.

On opening disk management, I was not expecting to see my 4TB HDD partitioned. https://ibb.co/Jy6yVTw 
Is this some factory preset? The "System Reserved" partition has 36MB of used space. Is it ok to just format the whole thing, wiping out all partitions?

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Re: November 2018 $750 HTPC & first time builder
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2019, 12:48:24 PM »
OK thanks, Ari. Iíll look inside at around 3 months and see how it is.

On opening disk management, I was not expecting to see my 4TB HDD partitioned. https://ibb.co/Jy6yVTw 
Is this some factory preset? The "System Reserved" partition has 36MB of used space. Is it ok to just format the whole thing, wiping out all partitions?

I believe that was created by the Windows 10 installation program. I doubt you'll be able to wipe it out. Just format the two unallocated partitions, and then attempt to combine them. 2TB is the default maximum because some format methods (and older operating systems) can't access more than that.

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Re: November 2018 $750 HTPC & first time builder
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2019, 01:24:14 PM »

Iím quite sure I selected my 500GB SSD to install Windows to. Iím surprised it would even touch my HDD.

I was able to format one partition but it wonít let me do anything with the 2nd. The right-click menu is all greyed out (i.e. cannot format or delete), nor can I merge it with the formatted one (the Extend Volume option on the formatted oneís menu is also greyed out). Iíve searched for solutions, but none address this exact problem without doing a complete clean (and losing the 36MB System Reserved data). After all of the time spent looking into this, Iíd like to start from scratch as that may be quicker. Do you see a problem with this process:

1)   With the diskpart utility: clean the HDD (wipe out all partitions and data) and convert it to GPT (which I think fixes the 2TB cap/auto-created partition issue)
2)   format the HDD
3)   Reinstall Windows on the SSD (hopefully when it puts the System Reserved partition on the HDD, it will leave the rest alone. But even if it doesnít, the drive is already formatted and hopefully easier to work with)

Just to verify, the same Windows 10 product key will still work if I reinstall? I think as long as you have the same motherboard, you can reinstall as many times as you want?

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Re: November 2018 $750 HTPC & first time builder
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2019, 01:28:46 PM »
Just wipe the hard drive and skip the windows reinstall. You don't need to do that, but there does seem to be something wrong with the hard drive formatting.

And yes, the license would work if you tried to reinstall on the same system... in theory. But I've had this fail before, because of the very inaccurate hardware tagging system Microsoft uses. Best thing is to avoid reinstalling because there's a good chance you'll end up on the phone for an hour with Microsoft India's help desk.