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02-29-2012 11:38 PM - edited 02-29-2012 11:48 PM
I have an HP Pavilion Elite Desktop with an MSI MS-7613 (Indio) motherboard and Windows 7. I have a 3TB Seagate hard drive which I would like to use as a replacement for my existing 1TB hard drive. I know that Windows 7 can support it as a data (slave) drive - I have successfully installed it as such. However, I would like to replace the boot drive (i.e. the 1TB Seagate that shipped with my PC) and install a 3TB boot drive. The issue clearly is that the PC does not have a UEFI BIOS. I have been searching the web for a BIOS update, but I have not found anything. I tried MSI's website, but they will not offer because I did not purchase the motherboard as a retail item from MSI (it came installed on my e9250t. I was successful in getting the drive to boot using Seagate's DiscWizard program, but only if I partition the hard drive and mount anything over the 2.2TB capacity of the current BIOS as a virtual drive. Not the ideal solution. Can someone out there help? Does anyone have a UEFI BIOS update for this motherboard? Perhaps someone at HP can respond with an update?? I am tempted to never buy an HP machine again given this limitation. It is crippling when you are faced with a business that needs as much local hard drive storage space as I do. Any help would be appreciated!
03-01-2012 08:42 AM - edited 03-01-2012 03:15 PM
There are three pieces of technology that are need to natively support a 3TB hard drive.
- Windows 7 64 bit (also VISTA 64 bit)
- UEFI bios
- GPT formatted hard drive.
This article will provide background information.
Don't expect HP to release UEFI bios for your PC. A differnet motherboard would solve the problem.
This article from Hitachi will also provide you with background information on how to exceed the 2.2TB limitation. I have never tried this approach for RAID using two hard drives over 2.2 TB as a boot configuration.
Another thought is to try a PCI-E sata card. Some can get around the 2.2TB limit and some will work as boot devices. The reviews are mixed.