3TB Internal Hard Drive

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Bman, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I was about to purchase a 3TB drive and then did some research.

    For example, this topic gets me worried.

    Win 7 showing 746gb for 3tb drive? - techPowerUp! Forums

    I have found similar postings about this. How do I know if I am going to be able to use a 3TB Drive?

    I have a EVGA 780i SLI motherboard if that helps.
     
  2. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    You have a MB with the last Bios update in 2009. The Required UEFI interface to go over 2.19 GB was not issued until late 2010 when the 3 TB drives started shipping. Most likely will not work.

    Requirement is WIN 7 64 BIT with a UEFI capable MB (UEFI replaces the MBR which was setting the 2.19 GB limit, based on 512 sector size).

    I think I saw somewhere that there are some 3 TB drives with a bastardized sector size that lets them play with older MB but I've seen several rants opposing the system due to how it makes the drives usable.
     
  3. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Easy solution: find a someone that has a Win 7 or Win 8 install on UEFI system and have them format and partition the hard drive for you.
     
  4. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Nah, I will deal with having low space until I can purchase my new system.

    I do need a new system lol Sucks, but that's how it is.

    Thanks for the info guys.
     
  5. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Could my system read a 3TB external drive? USB?
     
  6. SlyviaOverholt

    SlyviaOverholt OSNN One Post Wonder

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    I guess USB can read data upto 3TB, that should not be a problem. The USB though version 3.0 is preferred in this case.
     
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