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Windows 7: Does my mobo support uEFI?


08 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 
Does my mobo support uEFI?

Hello SF members,

I see today uEFI is very popular, a lot of people use it...
I have ASUS P8H61-M LX2 (it have modern BIOS utility, etc. ).

So, does my mobo support uEFI?

And what is pros and cons of uEFI? I found that I need GPT formated HDD and GPT isn't recommend for HDD who have less than 2.2TB.

If my mobo support it, does I need anything other?

Trinty

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08 Jan 2013   #2

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

uefi are the modern kinds of BIOS. They are better than older generation BIOS and their more obvious feature is that they have fancy graphics, they don't look like old DOS stuff. Most other things are "better" but from a customer point of view, there isn't a lot to talk about. It supports newer standards like GPT, and other modern stuff that wasn't possible with older generations of BIOS.

As for what you are saying about GPT, afaik UEFI can boot from GPT drives, but work fine with normal (MBT) drives as well. Who said that you need to use only GPT?

According to the product specs here, your BIOS is uefi already.

In any case, you can do nothing about it, as it's the manufacturer that decides what BIOS each board will have.
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08 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I this the board?

I supports uEFI.

From my point of view, the main advantage to a uEFI board is that it can boot from a GPT hard drive. As my boot drive is a 120GB SSD, there's no need for it to be GPT (required for drives larger than approx. 2GB).

I've used MBR and uEFI with my Asus P9X79 Pro based system. I see no obvious difference in stability or performance.
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09 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
uefi are the modern kinds of BIOS. They are better than older generation BIOS and their more obvious feature is that they have fancy graphics, they don't look like old DOS stuff. Most other things are "better" but from a customer point of view, there isn't a lot to talk about. It supports newer standards like GPT, and other modern stuff that wasn't possible with older generations of BIOS.

As for what you are saying about GPT, afaik UEFI can boot from GPT drives, but work fine with normal (MBT) drives as well. Who said that you need to use only GPT?

According to the product specs here, your BIOS is uefi already.

In any case, you can do nothing about it, as it's the manufacturer that decides what BIOS each board will have.
Then if uEFI can work with MBR, why I dont see my hard drive as uEFI drive ? One time, when I attached my USB and wanted to boot from, I saw UEFI : USB Device (I will check again)... But Hard Drive is normal, there isnt uEFI flag... Why ?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I this the board?

I supports uEFI.

From my point of view, the main advantage to a uEFI board is that it can boot from a GPT hard drive. As my boot drive is a 120GB SSD, there's no need for it to be GPT (required for drives larger than approx. 2GB).

I've used MBR and uEFI with my Asus P9X79 Pro based system. I see no obvious difference in stability or performance.

Do I need special type of HDD for uEFI like SSD or can use "classic" HDD ?

Trinty
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09 Jan 2013   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

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UEFI : USB Device (I will check again)... But Hard Drive is normal, there isnt uEFI flag... Why ?
What is written in the bios's user interface depends from the board manufacturer (so your bios interface is different from the one I have on my new Gigabyte motherboard for example). The code doing the actual job must follow rules, standards, uEFI is the name of the rules the code in your BIOS complies with.

uEFI bios can boot from all known kinds of disks, CDs, DVDs, HDDs/SSDs using either MBR or GPT, internal or connected through USB. As long as it can do that, it's doing what it was supposed to do regardless of what is written in the user interface.
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