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These drives any good? I noticed they're pretty cheap compared to the rest. I'm looking to buy two 3TB drives... One for all my stuff (1TB so far) and the other to backup.
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I have two Hitachi drives on two different systems right now, and they're pretty solid.
No problems so far...going on to four years.
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wow 3 Tb
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The problem with 3TB is that it most likely cant be recognized by your BIOS - Drives larger than 2TB require a UEFI motherboard to be bootable and/or recognizable. How about 3 2TB Drives instead?
    
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Hmm I was wondering about that but figured for sure it was old news by now... I guess not.

I thought I might aswell just get the 3TB instead of getting a 2TB and then messing with it again in the future.

So my board can't use 3TB drives?
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I think the issue with volumes over 2.19TB (or TiB) is that they cannot be booted from. Using them for storage shouldn't be a problem. I think what you do is partition them using GPT, and then let the OS detect them.

Technically the OS should be able to do its own detections, so unless the drive controller has been disabled in the BIOS, the OS should be able to interrogate the drive controller and enumerate the drives.
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Quote:
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I think the issue with volumes over 2.19TB (or TiB) is that they cannot be booted from. Using them for storage shouldn't be a problem. I think what you do is partition them using GPT, and then let the OS detect them.

Technically the OS should be able to do its own detections, so unless the drive controller has been disabled in the BIOS, the OS should be able to interrogate the drive controller and enumerate the drives.
I think they should be fine, as parityboy says, for storage, if you use another HD for the OS....

they aren't recognized by the BIOS, not windows...
post #8 of 12
3TB drives only need UEFI if you are going to boot an OS from it. As a storage drive, you just need to initialize it as GPT and not MBR. MBR can not address more than 2TB of disk space where as GPT can.
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What I cringe at is the nearly 300Gb knocked off the bat for formatting If I were you, I'd get a few 2Tb drives, but if your determined, Deskstars aren't bad drives, as long as your not trying to boot from them. Should make amazing storage drives, I'd get another just in case it dies though, but that's the OCD talking.
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3TB drives only need UEFI if you are going to boot an OS from it. As a storage drive, you just need to initialize it as GPT and not MBR. MBR can not address more than 2TB of disk space where as GPT can.
Sorry, can you explain this a little more?

So I actually CAN use 3TB drives for storage?
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