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I've been trying to figure out the proper terminology to search about this and haven't had much luck, sorry if this is a silly question.
I have a 2TB HD set up as a dynamic drive in my system that I am trying to move to a 4TB drive. (doesn't need to be dynamic) I initially formatted/initialized the drive in Windows 10 (64bit) to have it show up and make sure the drive was working. Windows set it up as a small initial partition and then the 4TB partition-- my understanding is this is how GPT works (using that initial partition to hold the drive partitioning info).
Then I used Reflect to clone the drive. I misunderstood the process a bit and deleted that small initial GPT partition, and told it to clone the data. I expected it would rebuild the GPT partition based on the cloned partition (expanded to 4TB) but when I check there is only the 4TB data partition, nothing else. Reflect did exactly what I asked it to, but my question is is this a valid partition structure? It is seen properly in Windows, but I know from experience this could be the kind of thing that 2-3 years down the line might be seen as "non-standard" by some other utility and choke, leaving me to re-do it at that point.
If it's valid to have a GPT drive without that initial partion (since it only will ever have 1 partition), that's cool, otherwise I am thinking I should re-do the clone now instead of waiting to see what happens. Would the proper steps be to format/initialize the drive, delete the data partition, leave the initial GPT partition, and then just clone the data (expanding it to take up the full space)?