05-01-2013 01:13 PM
Well, bad news to report:
I tried to set my HDD controller/SATA configuration in my BIOS to AHCI to see if it would then recognize the full drive, not just the first terabyte. Unfortunately my BIOS has no such option. I have a screen almost identical to the one pictured below, except the fields in the red rectangle DON'T EXIST in my BIOS (to my original post, this is why I wonder if there's any hope of HP making a BIOS update available for this machine).
On a whim, I still tried to see if MiniTool Partition Wizard would let me access the whole drive, but no luck. I installed it just fine, used it to remove partitions on the drive in question, reset the drive to MBR, create a partition and format it, then switch to GPT - but the result was the same, it only ever sees ~750GB.
Anything you can think of I might be overlooking? Other ideas? Or should I admit defeat and learn my lesson to better check compatibility before buying something new?
05-01-2013 01:30 PM
Well, you gave it your best shot.
Still surprised the PC's BIOS wouldn't at least recognize 2 TB.
I definitely wouldn't get my hopes up on a BIOS update.
While your PC came out in 2009 I believe, the chipset in there is from around 2004 or 05.
It is old architecture, and even a BIOS update won't allow for AHCI.
Box up the drive, and save it for when you get another PC.
05-01-2013 01:33 PM
Yea, I agree with Paul on this one.
Without a new motherboard it's unlikely a bios update will make your system recognize the drive's full capacity.
It can't hurt to try updating the bios but I wouldn't put much on the hope.
So update your bios, try again and report back. Good luck, chief