I purchased this computer in 04/2009 and woulld like to add a couple of 3TB drives to the system to replace an existing 1TB and 2TB drive. The boot drive is a 10,000 RPM Western Digital and the 1TB is drive D and 2TB is drive E.
The system has the mopst recent BIOS and WIN7 has been upadted to SP1.
I am looking for verification the the system will fully support the 3TB drives.
I believe this article will answer most of your questions: WD's Caviar Green 3TB HD. It appears that the computer should handle a 3 TB drive as secondary, but requires either a UFEI BIOS or a special card to be used as a boot drive with all 3 TB accessible.
EDIT: I don't believe this computer has the necessary UFEI, but I could be in error.
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Thanks thus confirms what Western Digital, Seagate and Hitachai are posting on their websites. The 3TB drievs will not be the boot drive.
They call it 3 Terabyte cuz its Terribly small.
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I've been getting Western Digital Drives over Seagate because I recently purchased 2TB Seagate Drives that go click click click click about every minute or so.
Never had this issue before. Seagate said they knew of the issue and a firmware patch would fix it.
HOWEVER firmware did not help in this case.
No Way I trust my data to a drive that wants to beat the heads to death.
Just wanted to get this on record to help other people. It took me several hours to get the WD 3 TB working. I have Windows 7. The computer is a couple years old. Most importantly, the SATA controller is Intel AHCI. The bios does not recognize the full size of this (3 TB) HD. Neither did Windows 7 (saw it as less than 800 GB). After a few different approaches, I installed the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The F6 method was not required. After a restart, Windows saw the full disk size. Note I am not using this HD for booting (I suspect that would require a bios change).
3TB Booting Requires 64 bit Bios and OS with GPT partitions.
... on a UEFI-enabled system.
UEFI processor mode can be either 32-bit (x86-32, ARM) or 64-bit (x86-64 and Itanium).
Its a Thumbs Down to MSDOS. MBR is 2TB PERIOD END.