Add a WD Elements SE 4TB hard disk drive

pCP Team 13 October 2022 pCP 8.2.0 Setup • How to
How to add a WD Elements SE 4TB USB HDD (USB drive) to piCorePlayer.
The object of this “How To” was to grab a standard 4TB USB HDD from the Electronics store and determine what are the steps required to get it mounted on piCorePlayer. To date, I have only be using 1TB and 2TB USB drives which were formatted NTFS and used a MBR. My understanding is for HDD’s greater than 2TB, the MBR is replaced with a GPT. piCorePlayer being a minimalist distribution doesn’t include support for NTFS or GPT by default.



I plugged the USB drive into my Windows 10 PC to check the formatting and capacity.

HDD properties


USB HDD is formatted NTFS.


  • piCorePlayer 8.2.0


Step 1 - Setup piCorePlayer
  • Setup piCorePlayer—see Getting started.
  • Click the [LMS] tab.
  • Check the default LMS settings for future comparison.


Step 2 - Shutdown piCorePlayer
  • Click the [Main Page] > [Shutdown] button.
  • Click the [OK] button when prompted “Shutdown piCorePlayer?”.
  • Wait for the Raspberry Pi to power down.
  • Disconnect the power from the Raspberry Pi.
Step 3 - Attach the USB drive
  • Plug the USB drive into one of the Raspberry Pi’s USB3 ports.
Step 4 - Power on piCorePlayer
  • Connect the power to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Wait for the piCorePlayer to completely boot.
Step 5 - Load GPT partition table support

If your HDD is greater than 2TB it will be using GPT instead of MBR, so GPT support will need to be loaded.

  • Click the [LMS] tab.
  • Note the message: Disk with GPT partition table Found! Install extension "util-linux.tcz" for compatibility.


  • Click the [LMS] > “Pick from the following detected USB disks to mount” > [Install Support] button.
  • piCorePlayer extensions will load.
Step 6 - Load NTFS support
  • Note the message: Please install extra file systems.



  • Click the [LMS] > “Install and Enable additional File Systems” > [Install] button.
  • piCorePlayer extensions will load.


  • Note the UUID is now displayed.
  • Type in Mount Point name ie. music
  • Click on the Enabled checkbox.
  • Click the [Set USB Mount] button.


Step 7 - Reboot
  • Click the [Main Page] > [Reboot] button.
Step 8 - Check the USB drive is mounted (optional)
  • Click the [Main Page] > [Resize FS] button.
  • Note Disk /dev/sda: details.


Step 9 - Check the USB drive is mounted via ssh (optional)


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