Usually, 3TB hard disk or external HDD has GPT disk partition format because MBR partition tables only support a maximum of 2.2 TB. 3TB HDD external is widely used nowadays because people have more and more files to store, so you can find different brands of 3TB external hard disk such as Seagate, WD, Samsung, Maxtor, Kingston, Hitachi, Toshiba, etc. Although GPT partition table has some differences compared with traditional MPR partition table, data stored on 3TB external hard disk will still be lost due to similar reasons. Then, you can find lots of questions like:
Truthfully, data loss problem occurs all the time not only on 3TB external hard disk, but also on other storage media. The reasons for data loss are also various. Fortunately, data is recoverable from 3TB GPT disk by relying on iCare Data Recovery, which is a read-only data recovery program that can be compatible with GPT disk like Seagate, WD, Samsung, Toshiba, Hitachi, Kingston, Maxtor and more. This data recovery software works on Windows platform like Windows XP / Vista / 7 /8, so you need to download the software to a Windows PC and plug the external HDD to the PC so that you can restore different types of files including pictures, videos, music, office files, emails, etc.
Free download data recovery software for WD Element, Seagate, Samsung, etc and follow this tutorial for GPT disk recovery:
Step1. Plug the 3TB external hard disk to computer. Download and install the data recovery software. Run the software and select a recovery option.
Step2. Choose the external HDD as aim disk and then the software will scan it for lost data. You only need to wait in the scanning process.
Step3. You can preview found images and office files when scanning is completed. Then, you can select all the files you need and recover them.
Seagate, as the world’s largest hard disk manufacturer, its external hard disks are widely used by many people all over the world. A 3TB portable HDD can hold lots of data, but it is a huge loss when important files got deleted due to this and that kind of reasons like formatting, deletion, external HDD not formatted error, RAW file system, bad sectors, etc. In this situation, you can rely on the data recovery software to perform data recovery from GPT disk Seagate external hard drive.
WD, namely Western Digital, is another world famous hard disk manufacturer founded in 1970. If you have a 3TB WD external HDD from which important data get lost, you can also use iCare Data Recovery to recover files off external hard drive. This software supports GPT disk data recovery. What you should pay attention is that you should not write new data to the 3TB disk before getting back all files you need.
Generally speaking, files might be lost from GPT disk due to following reasons:
When you meet the similar data loss problem on GPT disk, iCare Data Recovery software is often available for data recovery. In addition to restore data from Seagate external HDD and WD portable, this software also helps recover files from other brands of 3TB HDD like Samsung, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba, Kingston, HP, Adata, etc.
Have you ever encountered the problem that 3TB hard disk shows only 800GB? In this situation, the first thing you need to do is to check if the PC system can be compatible with the 3TB disk. As you know, 3TB disk usually has GUIDPartition Table (GPT). However, Windows XP does not support GPT, but it only supports MBR partition table. Therefore, if you install a 3TB disk on Windows XP computer, it can only recognize 800GB partition which has MBR partition table. Windows 7 and Windows XP can support GPT, so it can recognize 3TB disk normally when the partition runs GPT format.
The most obvious difference between GPT and MBR is that MBR supports the maximum volume of 2TB, while GPT supports the maximum volume of 18TB. MBR disk can be transferred into GPT disk, and GPT disk can be transferred into MBR disk only when the disk is empty. In MBR, Every disk has 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions plus 1 extended partition at most. In GPT, every disk has 128 partitions at most.