Can anyone tell me if it's possible to switch to a 4tb HDD on my computer that does not have UEFI booting?
Would a computer without UEFI be able to handle a 4tb HDD either as MBR or GPT?
Would I be able to take my current 2tb HDD, formatted for MBR and simply use Clonezilla Live to copy everything and increase the size of SDA2, my Home partition?
Would I have to format the new 4tb HDD as GPT and then do the cloning process?
Would it be impossible to clone from MBR to GPT, so while the HDD will work just fine, I'd need to do a fresh install and transfer everything backed up?
Is there any other info you can give me that I have not thought of myself?
By the way, the computer I'm asking about is a Lenovo Thinkpad W510. I know it's older, but with 16gb RAM and the ease that it's RAM and HDD can be swapped definitely has great advantages. You can even remove the DVD and replace it with a second HDD caddy. That means if I'm able to make a 4gb HDD work, I'd be able to use a whopping 6tb of HDD space internally.
My primary concern is whether my Thinkpad W510 will be able to use the legacy bios-boot since it does not have any EFI options for booting.
Will I have any difficulties getting the 4tb to boot via bios instead of EFI?
If the only way possible would be to reinstall the OS and transfer everything else to the newly made GPT formatted 4tb HDD, I'll definitely go for it; even though it will be kind of a huge pain the butt.
If it's not possible to do this for an internal HDD, I'll juts keep the one I currently have installed and use the new drive as it was intended to give me 4tb external HDD space. Not too shabby, but definitely not the same as it would be as an internal HDD, you know?
Thanks so, so, so, so much for helping me out!
PS -- I thought I'd share the HDD I'm buying in order to make the switch, so if some of you might want to do this yourself. It's a Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage USB 3.0, Blue (STDR4000901), which as it shows in the Q&A section it is pretty simple to remove and then voila, you have yourself a new internal 4tb HDD! Hope I just made someone's day :)