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07-31-2019 02:41 PM
I am considering buying a HP SR5415LA but how can I tell if it is UEFI capable before I actually have it? Why is this not listed in the specs of computers?
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07-31-2019 02:48 PM
HP retired support for that model series because it is more than 10 years old.
It has an ancient chipset that is definitely not UEFI capable.
I think that chipset came out in 2005 and was used on many different HP consumer desktop PC's as far as into 2010.
Here are the motherboard specs.
Here is the link to the parts list for that dinosaur...
07-31-2019 04:08 PM
Thank you very much for your quick reply. Another question: If I were interested in another older computer, and if I could find its specs, would the specs tell me if it is UEFI or not? Lets say that it does support UEFI - would that be stated in the specs?
07-31-2019 06:12 PM
You're very welcome.
I am not familiar with the HP consumer desktop line of PC's.
My background is in the HP business desktop PC line.
The first HP business desktop PC that had a UEFI BIOS was the 8200 Elite model series.
I have the HP 8200 Elite CMT. You can also get that in the MT, SFF and USDT form factors.
I like the CMT/MT the best. More options for expandability.
I guess it depends on your budget what you want to do.
I'm thinking to go two generations newer, and get the HP Elitedesk 800 G1 MT which has the Haswell (Intel 4th Gen) processors and it has USB 3 ports in front and back.
The models with Windows have a W8 or 8.1 Pro product key in the BIOS.
My HP 8200 Elite doesn't have any USB 3 ports. I am running W10 Pro 64 bit on mine.
I disabled UEFI boot in mine. I just find it easier to use the legacy boot since I will never have a drive larger than 2 TB.
But as we discussed a few weeks ago, you must have a UEFI BIOS to use a HDD larger than 2 TB as a boot drive.
So, check on eBay and see what an 8200 Elite (2nd gen Intel core), 8300 Elite (3rd gen core), and that model has USB 3 ports in the back, or an 800 G1 MT (4th gen Intel core) are selling for on eBay.
All 3 models have at least two of the Sata ports as SATA III (6.0 GB/S.
08-01-2019 08:23 AM
Hi Paul, thanks again for your help. You seem to be an encylopedia of HP info and probably of computers in general.
I checked out the specs (bookoos of specs) on the HP Elitedesk 800 G1 MT that you recommended -- quite impressive and very affordable as a used computer. I filtered through the specs but did not see a mention of UEFI BIOS (seems like an important detail to omit).
But something else that you wrote, "I disabled UEFI boot in mine. I just find it easier to use the legacy boot since I will never have a drive larger than 2 TB.
But as we discussed a few weeks ago, you must have a UEFI BIOS to use a HDD larger than 2 TB as a boot drive."
But what if I don't intend to use my 4TB as a boot drive? I just want to store data on it. Could I just set it up with GPT and get its full capacity in any old non-UEFI computer? I am living in Mexico on a Mexican budget, and trying to find a $100 USD computer that can use the memory and CPU that I already have.
Sorry to be taking up your time with my ignorant questions. Thank you for educating me.
08-01-2019 01:55 PM - edited 08-01-2019 01:57 PM
On either of the 3 models I referenced, they all have UEFI BIOS's and if you want to use the 4 TB drive as a data drive, you should be able to do that.
I never experimented with UEFI, so I can't give you any details.
Theoretically, if you can format the 4 TB drive GPT in a PC with a non-UEFI BIOS, it should work, but I thought you mentioned you couldn't format the drive that way in your PC. So, it may not be possible.
All I know is the BIOS's in the PC's I mentioned are all UEFI and you can look at the maintenance and service guides on the support pages and there will be an F10 setup chapter with all of the BIOS settings.
For example the 800 G1 manual, chapter 8 references EFI boot settings.
If you do a UEFI keyword search of the entire document, you will find several instances referenced.
You can also review the quickspecs document and see on page 5, that specifically mentions this model has a UEFI BIOS.
HP developed and engineered UEFI BIOS supporting security, manageability and software image stability