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Windows 7: Can I Use a 3 tb Internal Drive on This System?

21 May 2012   #1
Bronco Leonard

W7 Pro 32
 
 
Can I Use a 3 tb Internal Drive on This System?

I've got Windows 7 Pro 32 bit running on a Gigabyte EP45-US3P mboard. Is there any way I can use a 3tb internal drive in this system?


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21 May 2012   #2
PwnFrnzy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

A hard drive doesn't require any special programs in there, should be no problems with throwing a 3TB drive inside of your system. All you need to do is buy another SATA cable for the hard drive, those are cheap and plentiful.
Just be sure you have an empty hard drive bay to put the drive in and it's seated properly during/after installation.
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21 May 2012   #3
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PwnFrnzy View Post
A hard drive doesn't require any special programs in there, should be no problems with throwing a 3TB drive inside of your system. All you need to do is buy another SATA cable for the hard drive, those are cheap and plentiful.
Just be sure you have an empty hard drive bay to put the drive in and it's seated properly during/after installation.
Thats not always the case with large 3TB or more HDDs. and older motherboards

to OP you can try to read this
3TB drives and intel ICH10R compatibility - [H]ard|Forum

it has similar specs mb and 3TB HDD compatibility topic.
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21 May 2012   #4
ReviverSoft

Windows 7 HP / Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
A hard drive doesn't require any special programs in there, should be no problems with throwing a 3TB drive inside of your system.
Win 7 32bit does not support hard drives larger than 2.2TB.

Please give this a read: Everything You Need to Know About 3TB Hard Drives | PCWorld

(Lucky for you, Gigabyte offers a workaround)

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large 3TB or more HDDs. and older motherboards
Yep, there's also the problem of older mobos not supporting them on the hardware front.
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21 May 2012   #5
Bronco Leonard

W7 Pro 32
 
 

Thanks, everyone. The Gigabyte 3tb+ Unlock workaround doesn't seem to apply to this mboard and chipset. Am I missing something?

And by the way, this drive is for data storage only; I'm not trying to boot from it.
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21 May 2012   #6
Bronco Leonard

W7 Pro 32
 
 

OP, here. Good news, I got it to work. Vaidas3's link to [H]ard Forum showed a thread that contained a comment about using a Jmicron controlled port instead of the ICH10R. My mb has six ports controlled by the ICH10R controller and a pair through the Gigabyte SATA2 controller.

Just for grins, I plugged the 3tb HDD into one of the two Gigabyte SATA2 controller ports and the system recognized it perfectly. Even more surprising, after I initialized the HDD, I plugged it back into one of the original ICH10R ports and it still works fine. I didn't load any new drivers, reflash BIOS or anything like that.

Obviously, I'm in a bit over my head here. Can anyone explain why this is working now?
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