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post #1 of 3 Old 09-27-2014, 06:12 AM - Thread Starter
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Drive shucking

I'm going to shuck my first external drive today to bump up the storage in my HTPC. It's a 4TB Samsung Backup Plus Desktop Drive unit. Anything I need to do (formatting, etc.) before I pop it out of the case and install it? The existing system has the OS on a SSD and a couple of 3.5 drives. I'm going to swap one of them out. Anything special I should do after it's installed? CHKDSK?
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Does it have any data on it already? Some of the external enclosures perform some weird LBA shenanigans so that the full capacity can be used. If that's the case, you'll need to copy the data from the drive, shuck it, repartition/format then copy your data back.

If it's empty, then I think it should be pretty straight forward. (assuming the case is easy to open)

Happy Shucking!

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Thanks ajhieb! It's empty so no worries there. I have a second one I'm using for backups at the moment but I'll wipe it and shuck it later.

I found a good YouTube how to that shows exactly where the tabs are to open the case without breaking it.
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