4TB Drive Only Shows 2TB: Why and How to Solve It Easily?

There are 2 partition styles most commonly used to partition disk, MBR and GPT. They are different slightly in supported partition amounts, disk capacity, OS compatibility and boot mode. For example, GPT can support disk larger than 2TB but MBR partition style cannot. And this is why your 4TB hard drive only shows 2TB.

So, to restore all the capacity of the hard drive, you need to convert the MBR disk to GPT disk. In the following content, let me walk you through how to perform such a conversion (Windows 11 only supports UEFI, so you need to convert MBR to GPT).

1. Convert 4TB drive to GPT with Diskpart (data loss)

There is a built-in tool called Diskpart, which can convert 4TB hard drive to GPT with several lines of command. Here are the detailed steps.

✍Note: this method needs to clean your disk before converting, so if it is not a new hard drive or has important data on it, you have to back up the disk beforehand.

Step 1. Press “WIN+R”, type “CMD” and press Enter to open the command prompt. Then, input 

"diskpart" and hit Enter.

Step 2. Type the following commands, remember press Enter after you input each one.

    list disk

    select disk n (n means the drive letter, replace it with your 4TB drive letter)

    clean (clear all partitions on the selected disk)

    convert gpt

When the “DiskPart successfully converted the selected disk to GPT format” shows on the screen, type “exit” and press “Enter” to leave the program, and check if the rest of the capacity is restored.



How Windows 11 changes File Explorer — for better or for worse


By Lance Whitney

File Explorer in Windows 11 works mostly the same as in Windows 10, but there are visual and layout tweaks as well as new menus and locations for key commands.

Those of you who upgrade to Windows 11 have to contend with a new and decidedly unimproved Start menu, a more limited Taskbar, and other changes that may leave you cold. Fortunately, File Explorer is one feature that survived the move to Windows 11 without major damage.

Instead of crippling the functionality of File Explorer, Microsoft actually enhanced it in certain ways. The feature has a new look and layout that give it some pizzazz. The ribbon has been jettisoned. Several key menus and commands have been relocated or condensed. I’d say the changes help for the most part, though some people will likely be thrown by them — at least at first.

So how does the Windows 11 File Explorer compare with its Windows 10 counterpart?

The first time you open File Explorer in Windows 11, you’ll notice the visual changes. The square corners have been replaced by rounded corners as part of the new Windows 11 aesthetic. Depending on your Windows color scheme, the overall tone is softer.

The most obvious difference lies with the folder icons. Instead of the generic yellow icons, the built-in default folders sport different colors with embedded images representing the various functions. So the Downloads folder is green with a down arrow on it. The Music folder is reddish-brown with a musical note on it. And the Videos folder is purple with a play button on it. In addition to being more colorful and compact, the new icons look sleeker (Figure 1).

File Explorer core folders

Figure 1. The core folders in Windows 11 get a paint job with different colors and embedded images.

Drill down to the subfolders, and those still use the same generic folder icons. But as in Windows 10, you can tweak the look and imagery of any folder icon through the Customize area of the Properties window.

Look around further. Another significant change is the new and more compact command bar, which replaces the bigger and bulkier ribbon in Windows 10. On the plus side, the smaller command bar leaves more room to view your folders and files. But there are a few downsides.

One drawback is that most of the icons have no labels. If you don’t know the function of a particular icon, you’ll have to hover over it for a second to see its name. Experienced Windows users will be able to identify Cut, Copy, Paste, and other commands right off the bat. Newbies will have to get used to the nameless icons. The other core commands include Rename, Share, and Delete. After you select a subfolder or file, most of the commands become available, allowing you to cut or copy and then paste an item, rename it, share it, or delete it. (See Figure 2.)


Figure 2. Select a subfolder or file, and the command bar activates commands for cut, copy, paste, rename, share, and delete.

Select or open just about any folder, and the New menu becomes available. Click on New to create a new folder, shortcut, bitmap image, text file, or compressed folder. Certain applications, such as Microsoft Office, populate the New menu with their own commands (see Figure 3). As in Windows 10, there’s no easy way to edit the New menu without diving into the Registry or using a third-party utility.


Figure 3. The New menu lets you create a new folder, shortcut, and certain other items, but there’s no easy way to edit the list.

From the command bar, click the Sort icon to sort your folders and files by name, date, size, and type as well as group them by different criteria. Click the View menu (Figure 4) to change the view among different size icons, lists, detailed view, and tiles. A compact view mode shrinks the space between listed items. From the View menu, you can opt to see the details pane, preview pane, check boxes, filename extensions, and hidden items.


Figure 4. Select the View menu to change the view of your folders and files and turn on different panes and other items.

The “See more” icon (three dots) paves the way to even more commands, some of which always appear and others that are context-sensitive. Such commands as Select all and Select none show up all the time. But others pop up, depending on your current location or selection.

For example, select the entry for This PC, and this menu displays commands to add a network location, map a network drive, and disconnect a network drive. Select a folder or file, and the menu adds a command for Pin to Quick Access to add that item to the Quick Access section. Select one or more files, and you’ll see a command to compress them to a ZIP archive. Select a specific type of file, such as an image, and you get commands to set that image as your background, rotate it left, and rotate it right (see Figure 5).


Figure 5. The "See more" menu item (three dots) is context-sensitive with commands that change depending on your current folder or file.

From the same menu, selecting the Properties command shows you the location, size, attributes, security details, and folder-customization settings. And selecting the Options command takes you to the Folder Options screen to tweak the behaviors, layouts, and other settings for your folders.

Most of the commands accessible from the command bar should be familiar to long-time Windows users. What’s different is where and how you access these options. In the Windows 10 File Explorer, you select different ribbons to get to specific commands. For example, the Home ribbon provides commands for Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename, etc. The Share ribbon offers commands to share a folder or files, email a file, burn a file to disc, and print a file. And the View ribbon lets you change the views of your folders and files.

By dispensing with all the ribbons, the Windows 11 File Explorer shoves everything into one single toolbar, a change that’s both good and bad. I like the condensed layout of the command bar and won’t really miss the ribbons. But finding certain commands is now more challenging as you have to hunt for them throughout the new menus — especially the ones that are context sensitive.

Another significant change in the Windows 11 File Explorer is the context menu, aka the right-click menu. In Windows 10, one drawback of the right-click menu is that it can easily turn into a long and cluttered mess, especially as you install more applications (see Figure 6).


Figure 6. The right-click menu in Windows 10 File Explorer easily turns into a lengthy mess of commands.

To cut down on the potential clutter in Windows 11, Microsoft reduced the menu to display only the basic commands. Mimicking the command bar, the right-click menu displays icons for Cut, Copy, Rename, Share, and Delete. The other commands are context-sensitive, depending on what type of folder or file you select. To access all the available commands, click the one for Show more options, and you’ll see the more familiar and likely more crowded menu (see Figure 7).


Figure 7. The right-click menu in Windows 11 File Explorer is much more compact, and you can still access the full menu.

Because the right-click menu can so easily get out of hand in Windows 10, Microsoft needed to do something to clean it up. The change in Windows 11 works for me, especially because the full menu is still accessible. But that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, particularly if your favorite commands aren’t visible right off the bat. For those of you who prefer the Windows 10 menu, there are a couple of ways to get it back — one via Windows Terminal and another via the Registry. Just do a Web search for “windows 11 right click menu," and you’ll find several results to guide you through the process for reverting to the old-style menu.

I'll be very interested to hear your opinion about the context menu changes in the Forums.

Finally, one flaw with the Windows 11 File Explorer is the same split personality that affects the entire operating system. Most windows and menus display the new aesthetic with a different font and rounded corners, while others are stuck in the Dark Ages with the old look. A good example is the right-click menu. Right-click on an item, and the menu uses the Windows 11 aesthetic. Click the command for Show more options, and that menu still uses the older legacy style. Though this is a stylistic issue that shouldn’t impact how you use File Explorer, it smacks of a certain sloppiness. And it serves as yet another clue that Microsoft rushed Windows 11 out the door before it was ready.

Overall, the new File Explorer is a bit of a mixed bag, especially for Windows 10 users who upgrade. The aesthetic changes are fine, though I don’t think they’ll affect your work or productivity one way or the other. The new menus and the more condensed locations save on space, but people accustomed to the Windows 10 interface will likely need time to adapt. I give Microsoft an A for effort and a B for execution. At the very least, let’s be thankful Microsoft didn’t screw up File Explorer in Windows 11, as it did the Start menu and Taskbar.

Lance Whitney is a freelance technology reporter and former IT professional. He's written for CNET, TechRepublic, PC Magazine, and other publications. He's authored a book on Windows and another about LinkedIn.



How to find Win10 Boot Screen Wallpapers

If you have Windows 10's default, Spotlight feature enabled, your lock screen shows gorgeous images courtesy of Microsoft. Some of these high-quality photos are nature shots while others are pictures of great cities around the world. The pictures rotate several times a day, but what if you see an image you like and want to keep a copy of it on your laptop? Windows keeps these Windows 10 lock screen photos buried deep in a hidden directory, but with a bit of digging, you can find them, save them and even use them as desktop wallpaper.

Here's how to find Windows 10's Spotlight lock screen images:

How to find Windows 10's Lock Screen Images

1. Click View in File Explorer.

2. Click Options. A Folder Options window will appear.


3. Select the View Tab

4. Select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and click Apply.

5. Go to This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > [YOUR USERNAME] > AppData >

Go to This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > [YOUR USERNAME] > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy > LocalState > Assets

You'll be presented with a plethora of file names that make absolutely no sense and show no extensions. There's no great method of telling which ones are beautiful photos and which are icons, but you're better off clicking on items with larger file sizes.

Copy the image to a new location, and change the desktop background to that image.



AnyBurn DVD burner review-A complete and free solution for disc burning CD-DVD-Blu Ray


Our Verdict

Those looking for an easy-to-use, free, and powerful disc burning application with all the essential tools will find AnyBurn 5.0 is a great choice – particularly for older PCs given its minimal system requirements.


  • Flexibility and ease of use
  • Minimal hardware requirements
  • Impressively fast performance
  • Decent online tutorials provided


  • Does not support drag and drop for files
  • Does not copy multisession discs

AnyBurn 5.0 is a robust disc burning app that’s flexible and easy to use, not to mention well-supported (running on Windows XP or better – not that you should still be using that particular version of Windows, as it’s a long way out of support now).

AnyBurn is freeware, and proof of the old adage that good things come in small packages – another plus point here is that the app is light on system resources. It also benefits from an intuitive interface.




AnyBurn 5.0 benefits from a well-designed interface: a simple yet engaging traditional Windows-based UI that does not require the user to have any special tech knowledge. The software installation procedure is easy and hassle-free.

AnyBurn presents all of its features in a separate pane, from which you can select and perform disc burning tasks. You can easily select the burning speed and the target drive. The settings allow you to verify the written data, finalize the disc, and eject it after burning.

You can use the AnyBurn software to burn files to a disc, copy a disc, or erase a rewritable disc, or even to create an image file from other files or discs. You can also easily convert images to ISO or BIN/CUE and view the disc or drive properties. Ripping an audio CD is also available for MP3, FLAC, APE, WAM, and WAV formats.

The ability to create backups to discs – whether CD, DVD or Blu-ray – is also provided.

As we’ve already touched on, one of the best features of this application is that it doesn’t demand much in the way of your PC’s resources, using up little of your CPU’s precious power, and consuming hardly anything in the way of memory either. The system requirements are extremely low, and AnyBurn is capable of running on an old Intel Pentium 166MHz with only 64MB of memory.

The program is generally responsive and tasks are completed swiftly.


The application comes with support for eight languages: English, French, Polish, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, German and Spanish.

These are a series of tutorials in text form on the AnyBurn website describing the application’s standard functions in detail. These include text-based tutorials on burning audio CDs from various file formats, ripping audio CDs to multiple formats, and even creating bootable USB drives for Windows 7/8/10. You can also get information on the AnyBurn command line functions and their use from these tutorials.

For any software-related complaints or queries, users can send a message to There’s also a contact form on the official website, and the AnyBurn team promises to reply via email as soon as possible.

Final verdict

AnyBurn 5.0 is a robust CD/DVD burner which is free and commendably user-friendly. It allows you to perform a host of CD and DVD burning functions, with detailed tutorials provided online. AnyBurn’s developers seem vigilant enough to work on any user grievances and to modify the app and interface as necessary in respect to the feedback they receive.

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Windows 11 Confirmed: What We Learned From the Leaked Build

Say goodbye to Windows 10: Windows 11 is on the way. We played with the first leaked build of Windows 11, which appeared on June 15, 2021. Here’s what Microsoft has in store for your PC.

Note: This is based on a leaked prerelease of Windows 11, so the final version will probably be more polished. (Then again, Microsoft has released some unpolished things lately.)

Is Windows 11 Just a Renamed Windows 10X?

Microsoft may have axed Windows 10X in name only. The new Start menu design being tested for Windows 10X makes an appearance here. Live tiles are gone.

Windows 11's leaked Start menu

For some reason, the Start button and pinned taskbar icons are now in the center of your taskbar. As you open and pin applications, the Start button gradually moves to the left on your taskbar. As you close and unpin them, it gradually moves to the right.

Now you can’t move your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen to access your Start button by default. This seems like a big violation of Fitt’s Law—in other words, it’s easier to get your mouse cursor to a corner and click on it. It’s also a rather funny move from the company that brought us Windows 8, which was absolutely obsessed with the concept of mouse-based hot corners.

The good news is that you can move the Start button and pinned applications back to the left side of your taskbar. If you right-click the taskbar and select “Taskbar Settings,” it takes you to the Settings > Personalization > Taskbar window and you can change the “Taskbar Alignment” setting to control this.

Easy Window Management With Snap

Windows 11 includes some smart tweaks. Snap is much improved—something that was likely inspired by the dual-screen devices Windows 10X was originally designed for.


Now, you can mouse over the “Maximize” button on any window’s title bar to see a menu of Snap options. Click one of the gray rectangles or squares to choose a screen layout and position for the window.

You can do this on Windows 10 today by dragging a window to the left edge, right edge, or any of the four corners of the screen, but the new interface should make this more discoverable to the average Windows user.

The same keyboard shortcuts for Snap work on both Windows 10 and Windows 11, too: Press and hold the Windows key and tap the arrow keys to move the current window between Snap regions.

Windows 11's leaked Snap popup

The Weather Widget Becomes the Widget Widget

What if Windows 10’s Weather widget didn’t actually show the weather on your taskbar and was just a “Widgets” button that would open the News and Interests feed?

That’s the question Microsoft is answering with the “Widgets” button that appears to the right of the Task View button.


In the leaked build, clicking the button shows widgets over your open applications windows or the desktop. It’s called the “Windows Dashboard.” We think it looks cleaner with a background.

This already has us missing Windows 10’s Weather widget.

Windows 11's leaked widget menu

But What About the Rest of Windows 10X?

Unfortunately, there’s no indication that Windows 11 includes one of Windows 10X’s most exciting features: The ability to run apps in containers for security reasons, providing better protection from rootkit-like malware and buggy applications that can crash your operating system.

This container-based technology was designed to help Windows 11 install big updates in less than 90 seconds thanks to a read-only operating system. While this might change, Windows 11 mostly appears to be skin deep for now.

Windows 11 doesn’t appear designed to run on dual-screen devices, either. That was the original point of Windows 10X when it was originally announced, after all: A new interface for a new type of device.

In other words, It looks like the features in Windows 10X that were the most technically complex are gone. Instead, the interface being tested for Windows 10X is being recycled into Windows 11.

Are the Changes Just Skin Deep?

So is Windows 11 really a big change? Our sister site Review Geek is branding it “a lightly skinned Windows 10.”


There’s some merit to that. The Settings app looks straight out of Windows 10, for example. If you were hoping the Control Panel would finally be gone and we’d have a unified settings interface, too bad: The Control Panel lives on alongside the Settings app in Windows 11. Is the Control Panel ever going away?

Those new icons in File Explorer look pretty slick, though!

Will There Be a New Store App?

There’s been a lot of chatter that we’d see a new Microsoft Store app with more of a focus on desktop apps. It’s something that we wish Microsoft had originally done with Windows 8 rather than spending a decade trying to make Metro, Modern, and then Univeral Windows Platform apps happen.

However, in this leaked build, the Microsoft Store appears exactly as it does in Windows 10.

Want a Local Account? That Costs Extra

Finally, one change that isn’t a surprise: Microsoft has been pushing Microsoft accounts on Windows 10 users for a while now. It’s hard to create a local account while installing Windows 10—you have to disconnect your PC from the internet first.

In Windows 11, that doesn’t seem to work. With the standard Windows 11 Home, you can’t create a local account anymore. You’ll need the more expensive Windows 11 Professional edition to do that.


(With Windows 11 Professional, you can select Set Up for Personal Use > Sign-in Options > Offline Account > Limited Experience to create a local account. But you can’t do this on Windows 11 Home.)

Creating a Microsoft account in Windows 11's leaked setup process

But Wasn’t Windows 10 the Last Version of Windows?

Microsoft’s Jerry Nixon famously called Windows 10 “the last version of Windows” before it was released. Now, Microsoft is releasing a new version of Windows.

Well, let’s face it: “Windows as a service” was a bad idea anyway.

It does seem like Windows 10 users will likely get the upgrade for free: Our colleagues over at Review Geek were able to activate Windows 11 with a Windows 7 key. (Yes, you can still activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7 key!)

Stay Tuned For More

But when will it be released? Are there any other new features? What about the new Windows Store? Is the Settings app getting a visual upgrade? There are a lot of outstanding questions!

We’ll hear more about Windows 11 at Microsoft’s event on June 24, 2021.



How to locate and open Windows Media Player in Windows 10

A lot of persons are asking about Windows Media Player availability in Windows 10. Good news, Windows Media Player is alive and well in Windows 10 and you can find it quick and easy.

Please note, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro LTSB (Long Term Service Branch) editions do not include Windows Media Player. Windows 10 LTSB editions are normally available to volume license customers. Your only option is to use a non LTSB version of Windows 10. This will require speaking with your IT department or Desktop Support Technician within your organization.

Click Start > All Apps > scroll down to W and click Windows Media Player



Press Windows key + R

Type: wmplayer.exe

Hit Enter

Right click and pin it to your Taskbar.


Thats it!

Still not finding Windows Media Player?

If you are running Windows 10 N or K or KN editions, Windows Media Player is not included. You will need to download then install the Windows Feature Pack.

If you don't find it, press Windows key + R

Type: optionalfeatures.exe

Hit Enter

Expand Media Features

Make sure Media Player is checked.

If the option is not available:

Press Windows key + R

Type: winver

Hit Enter

Does it say Windows 10 Home N or Windows 10 Pro N anywhere on the dialog?


If it does, then you will need to download and install Windows Feature Pack:

Microsoft had updated it for the November Update, you can download from the following link:

If you are running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, you can download the latest version from the following link:




Tweak Windows 10 with WinSlap

 by Martin Brinkmann on January 13, 2021

WinSlap is a free open source program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system to quickly modify system settings and tweak the system. Designed for use right after installation on first use, it may also be used on a running system.

Since it does modify system settings, it is recommended to create a backup of the system before proceeding. We did not notice any issues during our tests, but it is always a good precaution.

To get started, download the program from the project's GitHub repository. Right-click on the download file and select run as administrator from the options to run it with elevated rights. The program requires these as it makes changes to the system.

The less-than 900 Kilobytes program displays a lean interface that is divided into four main tabs.

winslap windows tweak

It works similarly to many other Windows 10 privacy and tweak tools; it provides a list of settings that you may check to modify the system, e.g. to uninstall OneDrive, disable the Activity History, or Bing Search.

All you have to do is make your selections and activate the "slap" button in the end to have it make the changes to the system. You may switch tabs in the interface without losing any selections in previously opened tabs.

The check all button checks all options; useful in particular if you want most settings to be applied. It is a good idea to go through them all though to avoid having changes made to the system that you don't want.

The Software tab is a special one, as it does not list apps that the program can remove from the system. Instead, you get a short list of popular third-party programs -- Firefox, Thunderbird, Telegram, VLC and StartIsBack -- that you can install using WinSlap.

Here is a short list of tweaks that WinSlap supports. You find the whole list of supported tweaks on the project's GitHub website:

  • Disable Cortana
  • Disable Shared Experiences
  • Disable Game DVR and Game Bar
  • Disable Telemetry
  • Uninstall OneDrive
  • Disable Bing Search
  • Disable sending info to Microsoft
  • Disable Miracast
  • Remove preinstalled apps
  • Remove third-party control panel menus (Intel, NVIDIA and AMD)
  • Disable Microsoft Edge preload
  • Disable Lockscreen Blur
  • Hide search in taskbar
  • Disable Windows Defender.

WinSlap displays a short disclaimer after you activate the slap button. Select the yes option to proceed or no to cancel. Note that the application will launch a restart of the system right after it has made the changes, so save all work before you start using the application.

Closing Words

WinSlap is a tweak program for advanced users as it does not provide descriptions for any of the listed tweaks. While some may be understood by users of all experience levels, e.g. "show this PC when launching File Explorer", others like "disable web proxy auto-discovery" or "disable Wi-Fi Sense" are less descriptive and thus harder to figure out.

The list of supported tweaks matches those of other tweak applications, one difference is that WinSlap does not provide options to uninstall most of the apps that come with Windows 10 individually.

Still, it is a quick solution to modify dozens of system settings, if so desired, in a short period of time.