?? First dell desktop that will recognize 3 tb hard drive

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?? First dell desktop that will recognize 3 tb hard drive

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I have a dell demnsion 8400 and will not rec the 3 tb without the use of seagates software or an expansion card.  I dont want to do either of these and would like to fin the cheapest new esktop from dell that will be able to use 3 tb drive

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  • The 8400 should recognize 3tb drives, but only under Vista or Windows 7 and not for boot purposes.

  • 3TB drives Requires 64 bit CPU, BIOS, OS.  AND GUID Boot Code with the latest INTEL Rapid Storage Drivers or 3rd party Card that does EPT Booting.  32 bit generic boot code in the MBR cannot support 3TB.

    GPT allows for a maximum disk and partition size of 9.4 zettabytes.Most current operating systems support GPT, although some operating systems (including Mac OS X and Windows) only support booting from GPT partitions on systems with EFI hardware aka the "BIOS" to boot can be in an addon Controller.

    The MBR BIOS partition table restricts partition sizes to a maximum of 2.19 terabytes or almost exactly 2 TiB (2,199,023,255,040 bytes or 4,294,967,295 (232−1) sectors × 512 (29) bytes per sector).

    Western Digital Does this with a GX620 and a PCI-E Card with Boot Rom.