Solved WD 3TB internal SATA HDD recognized in BIOS but not Win7

March 4, 2012 at 09:15:21
Specs: Windows 7
I'll apologize in advance if this topic has been beaten to death... Searching was unsuccessful for my individual problem.

I purchased the WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA 6gb/s WD30EZRX. I know its not the best of the "big three" but I plan to use it only for mass storage. After physical installation Windows does not detect the hardware change at all. However, the drive is detected in my BIOS.

I understand that most motherboards max out at 2TB so they the 3TB drive is supposed to be automatically partitioned into one 2TB and one 800GB. I used Partition Wizard and for whatever reason it only found one unallocated drive of 746gb(aprox) and not the second 2TB... The program also never gave me the option to "format" just "wipe". I didn't do anything yet as I don't have experience with this.

I also heard there are PCI-E hardware cards that can be installed as a simple fix. I don't want to do this if I don't have to and I also heard that this was only necessary if you wanted to set up a 3TB as a boot disc. I am only planning to use this drive as plug and play storage drive. I assume that if BIOS can identify the drive there should be away to reconfigure my system to identify the full 3TB drive as a storage unit...

I'm trying this with the following:

Mainboard: Gigabyte H55M-UD2H
Hard drive (in question): WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA 6gb/s WD30EZRX
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CPU: Intel i5 quad core 760

If anyone could provide me a guide or some form of instruction in how to reconfigure my system to get this to work. I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks in advance.


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#1
March 4, 2012 at 12:43:19
I had a similar problem with my 2TB wd drive. I used the gparted live cd to format it.

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#2
March 4, 2012 at 13:20:27
So you used the GPARTED .iso and booted from the cd you burned it to?
Do you have a an outline as to how you actually use the GPARTED program to do this?

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#3
March 4, 2012 at 14:14:07
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Yes, boot from the live cd. You should then see the 3tb drive on the gui. To be honest I can't remember if I created a partition or what, but as you can't see the disk in windows, you have nothing to lose.
The GUI is pretty straight forward.

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#4
March 4, 2012 at 14:38:39
Clive, it worked perfectly although the total capacity is only 2.72TB which I am assuming is normal?

Thanks so much!


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#5
March 4, 2012 at 15:04:13
Glad it worked. I'm not sure of expected size, but I found this

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum...

Something about GPT??

My 2TB showed as 1.82TB

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