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Windows 7: Problem Replacing 750GB Boot Drive with 3TB Drive on older Desktop?

30 Jun 2015   #1
MikeA01730

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Problem Replacing 750GB Boot Drive with 3TB Drive on older Desktop?

Hi,

I have an HP Pavilion p6240f desktop purchased in 2010 that came with a 750GB C: drive. I'd like to replace the drive with a new 3TB drive using a cloning program to copy the old drive contents to the new drive. I've read that to access and boot from drives larger than 2TB "your system must be UEFI-capable".

I've looked around on HP sites and other places to determine if my desktop is UEFI-capable but have been unsuccessful. Can anyone tell me if my desktop will work properly with a 3TB drive?

Thanks,
Mike


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30 Jun 2015   #2
gregrocker

 

You can plug in the drive alone, attempt in Disk Mgmt to initialize it MBR creating a partition smaller than 2tb. If it will allow this then you'll be able to clone or image over the old install to that partition.

You might even be able to create other partitions once you initialize it with a partition smaller than 2tb for Windows.
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30 Jun 2015   #3
MikeA01730

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

gregrocker,

Thanks for the suggestion. However after more research I discovered a way to determine if UEFI is supported on this PC, and isn't. So I think I'll just get a 2 TB replacement drive, which should be fine.

Thanks,
Mike
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30 Jun 2015   #4
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Either that or partition the 3TB into several smaller ones, 2TB or less as Greg mentioned.
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