Solved Have 3TB drive, but BIOS only recognizes it as 800GB

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October 10, 2014 at 08:14:18
Specs: Windows 7, 3 GB
I have a new Western Digital 3 TB internal HD that I've been trying to get to work with my Windows 7 (32 bit) as a storage drive. When I boot up or when I enter the BIOS, I see that it's only recognized as 800 GB. If I try to start Windows, it will either only get as far as the Windows logo or I get a STOP error shortly after logging on. If I put the drive in something like an enclosure which connects to USB, it'll work. Then, I'm able to log onto Windows and see it in Disk Management where I formatted it as GPT instead of MBR. My BIOS is American Megatrends 5.21 (12/17/2008). Is there an update for this BIOS that will recognize the full 3 TB or is there something else that I need to do to get it to be recognized? I have an old HP d4996t Pavilion.

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October 10, 2014 at 14:22:15
KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED and UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP. You have bad drivers. Try updating your chipset and SATA drivers.

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October 10, 2014 at 08:27:22
To boot off any drive greater than 2TB, you need to use GPT. To boot off a GPT disk, your need a UEFI computer. UEFI only became a requirement starting with WIn8.

In short, your PC is too old. You could reinitialize your disk as MBR and reinstall Windows, but that would limit you to 2TB.

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October 10, 2014 at 08:40:33
I'm not trying to boot off of it. The 3 TB drive is my storage drive. My C drive is only 500 GB.

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October 10, 2014 at 08:53:15
What's the stop error?

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October 10, 2014 at 13:29:51
I have received both 0X0000008E AND 0X0000007F.

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KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED and UNEXPECTED_KERNEL_MODE_TRAP. You have bad drivers. Try updating your chipset and SATA drivers.

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