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Asus P6T Deluxe V2 and 3TB HDD

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June 21, 2014 8:17:31 PM

I recently bought a 3TB Caviar Black HDD to add to my system for secondary storage (note this is NOT a boot drive as I know the MBR boot limitations in non-EUFI systems). When I boot, the BIOS posts this message "SATA 3 Hard Disk Error. press F1 to Resume". When I go into the BIOS configuration the drive is detected but it reports 0MB as its size. My system:

Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 (BIOS v1202 the last released)
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64
RAM: 6GB
Boot HDD: WD Raptor 1TB
Storage HDD: WD Caviar Black 3TB standard (no Raid)

After doing some reading am fairly sure that Windows can recognize the large drive as long as it setup with GPT. The problem here is that the BIOS will not even recognize it to begin with. I have been doing some research but am seriously confused as to the issue. The Asus FAQ seems to imply that large drives are supported and if the OS can handle it then no issue http://support.asus.com/FAQ/Detail.aspx?SLanguage=en&no.... Some have noted that maybe the BIOS setting under "Storage Configuration>Configure SATA As" changed from IDE to AHCI. Then another user said he had to rig a custom BIOS to support a 3TB HDD by replacing IMR.

So am just left confused as to what to try to get this HDD to get detected properly. Any suggestions from the community?

~AGP

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June 21, 2014 8:25:40 PM

might have something to do with the chipset on the board. some old boards won't recognize big drives, yours is even newer at 3tb.

edit: just for fun.......... try putting a jumper on the pins that will make it run 1.5......... so the sata port on the board might see it.
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June 21, 2014 8:29:14 PM

Yeah but the FAQ seems to imply that this has been at least looked at by Asus and it supplies info to get Windows to recognize the full capacity without stating anything about the motherboard compatibility. That to me says that Asus saw no issues with the motherboard, only the OS.

I'm not sure what the jumpers will do. The mobo sees the HDD. It reports the model number of the drive. It just says there is an error and reports a 0MB drive. My mobo has two jumpers, one to clear the CMOS and one to change the CPU voltage.
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June 21, 2014 8:33:26 PM

when those boards first came out they were not ready to be released. just rushed to the market like pc games these days. the processor was there and they wanted the boards out...............

do you have the newest BIOS?
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June 21, 2014 8:35:58 PM

yes.

Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 (BIOS v1202 the last released)
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64
RAM: 6GB
Boot HDD: WD Raptor 1TB
Storage HDD: WD Caviar Black 3TB standard (no Raid)
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June 21, 2014 8:41:16 PM

start/right click computer/manage.......... can you find the drive?.............. you say W8.1..... so I'm guessing here. I never used that.
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June 21, 2014 8:46:15 PM

ok lets go back to the original post. the BIOS will not see the drive correctly. No OS will recognize the drive unless the BIOS sees it correctly. But yes I have already tried that and it does not show in Disk Management. Sorry for sounding like a frustrated ahole but have been working on this for half a day.
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June 21, 2014 9:02:41 PM

try the jumper. if it's a sata III drive it may be giving you the problem.
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June 21, 2014 9:11:02 PM

what jumper? As i stated already my mobo only has two jumpers. one for clearing CMOS and another for CPU voltage. Are you talking about a HDD jumper?
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June 21, 2014 9:19:07 PM

the pins on the back of the HD....... should be instructions on the label or on WD site to jump drive to give appearance of sata 1.5.
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June 21, 2014 9:36:07 PM

The Caviar Black is 6GB/s. there is a jumper to set it to 3GB/s. I just don't get what the bandwidth setting has to do with this but maybe I'm just not that informed.
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June 22, 2014 10:01:18 AM

the idea is that the old motherboards will NOT recognize the newer bigger drives. (sata6-3-1.5)........... no 1.5 setting?.......... at 3 does it recognize the drive and do you see it from the desktop?
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June 27, 2014 7:59:28 PM

Well I'll be damned. On a hunch I got a replacement drive and as soon as it came I stuck it in my machine, booted it, post went without a hitch, and the the BIOS recognized it no problem. Booted into Windows, initialized the drive as GPT and formatted the bad boy. All is working great. In the end all it was, was a bad drive.
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June 27, 2014 8:27:47 PM

glad it's going. bad HD isn't something I probably would have ever thought of.
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