External 4 TB won't extend stuck at 2 TB in disk management after format

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I formated an external drive. It lost all the data but the drive worked. Tried data recovery to no avail. I went ahead and formated the external and it added a MBR. Then I was left with two sections, a formated and an unallocated. Pretty much half and half. I tried to extend the first partition and it says drives over 2TB. I deleted that MBR, but it seems nothing I try will get this external back to a 4TB. I don't want it to boot windows or anything. It's just for storing music, photos, files...etc. what do I do to get it back to a plain 4TB NTFS external drive?
 

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Directly in Disk Management.

Right click on the square at the left of that drive. It should give you the option to convert to GPT.
 

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Directly in Disk Management.

Right click on the square at the left of that drive. It should give you the option to convert to GPT.
 
Sep 29, 2018
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Okay, if I am in disk management in windows I show disk 2 online 3725.99, it has two unallocated sections 2048.00 unallocated and 1677.99 unallocated. Both in black. If I right click on the second of the two it just gives properties and help. In properties I can see it's partitioned as MBR. I can't do any action yet. The first section gives me the same options but also, new simple volume. If I click next I get to select size which will not go larger, click next I get drive letter / mount in following NTFS folder / Do not assign drive path. I chose assign and chose drive D. Hit next, I get do not format and format. I can format NTFS or exfat, i chose NTFS and allocation size default, hit finish.it won't let me extend to or format the other partition. If I go to format again it gives me another option of REFS but never does it in any menu I can find let me remove MBR or change it in either partition.
 

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