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Windows 7: problems installing 2 new wd 3tb green drives

16 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
problems installing 2 new wd 3tb green drives

windows 7 home premium 64 bit os.

windows installed the drivers correctly

and the drive was in manage disk to initialize, so I did. The 1st one I selected as GTP because that's what was recommended for drive over 2 TB. The problem is it shows the disk with a 764,308MB and won't let me increase it. Everything I've read says 3TB drives should be recognized right off in 7 64 bit.

Since I had 2 I tried the 2nd one initializing as a MBR and I got the same results.

Not finding anything that points me to how to eliminate the problem

Did not format them because of the incorrect capacity issue.


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16 Feb 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

You seem to have a motherboard named after your email address.

I suggest you go to your motherboard maker's web site and investigate an updated BIOS that is known to support drives above 2 TB. I know that Gigabyte, for one, requires an updated BIOS to support those extra large drives.

If you decide to change the BIOS, be careful. If it goes bad, you may have to replace the motherboard.

Don't change the BIOS unless you can independently confirm that your existing BIOS is the cause of your problem. That info might be at the motherboard manufacturer's website.
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16 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I should add that I do not plan to use either of them as a boot drive, I'm aware of UEFI requirement - although I sure my mother board support that.
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16 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

You satill need to fill in all your sytem specs for help.
You can use either one of these programs to help with finding them out
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Thanks. Fabe
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28 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I have exactly the same problem. Drive is HDD 3T|HITACHI 0S03208.

Windows 7 Home Edition SP1 64-bit
Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW (A59 BIOS)
CPU: quad-core Intel i7-860 @ 3.8Ghz, hyperthreading on, RAM: 8GB DDR3
CPU cooler: Noctua NH-D14
System disk: 300GB Velociraptor, 10k rpm SATA
Data disk: 2 x 1.5TB Barracuda, 7200 rpm SATA, RAID 0
Video: EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX-275 896MB, driver:
Network: AT&T U-Verse (12 megabit down, 1.5 megabit up).
Browser: Chrome 9.0.597.94, IE 8.0.7600.16385 (32 & 64-bit), FireFox 3.6.13.
VLC 1.1.7, WMP 12.0.7600.16667
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