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Need Help Adding Second Internal Hard Divre [HP Pavilion Elite e9290f]

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November 5, 2012 6:41:18 PM

Quick question here. I am a music producer and can always use a ton of extra space as some of my projects are 17 to 20GB in size. My HP e9290f ships with a stock 1TB Seagate (I believe) internal hard drive. I plan to add this HGST DeckStar 4TB Hard Drive (7200 RPM): http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/835056-REG/Hitach...

I am not sure, however, if this drive is compatible with my computer. I have referred to the Upgrading & Servicing manual but in it it tells me only how to replace the current internal hard drive. Adding this amount of hard drive space externally is not an option since all my ports are used up by external HD's! Can anyone shed any light on what tools I will need exactly to hook up this additional 4TB HD? I would greatly appreciate your answers as time is of the essence.

My computer specifications: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...

NOTE: While I am sure there are way better drives out there than the one I'm looking to purchase, this is the only one that has the storage I am looking for within my budget.
a c 311 G Storage
November 5, 2012 7:23:11 PM

Actually, I like the large Deskstar drives and use them in RAID arrays. I have dozens of the 3Tb model.

I cannot find anything definitive on whether the last HP bios (5.29) supports >2.2Tb drives; although one tech support note said that they did not ( http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/I-have-a-... ), it was incorrect in that a UEFI bios is only needed to boot from large drives and did not really answer the question as to a storage drive.

Even assuming that your bios will not support it directly you can use an add on PCIe card like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that will support the drive and Windows 7 32 bit is sufficient for using it as a data drive (x64 needed as well as UEFI bios to use it as a boot drive), although when you initialize and format the drive use GPT rather than MBR or you will not get the full drive as one partition. WD shipped similar PCIe cards with their 3Tb drives for the first year or so and they worked fine -- I installed them in at least a dozen systems.
November 5, 2012 7:27:00 PM

RealBeast said:
Actually, I like the large Deskstar drives and use them in RAID arrays. I have dozens of the 3Tb model.

I cannot find anything definitive on whether the last HP bios (5.29) supports >2.2Tb drives; although one tech support note said that they did not ( http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware/I-have-a-... ), it was incorrect in that a UEFI bios is only needed to boot from large drives and did not really answer the question as to a storage drive.

Even assuming that your bios will not support it directly you can use an add on PCIe card like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that will support the drive and Windows 7 32 bit is sufficient for using it as a data drive (x64 needed as well as UEFI bios to use it as a boot drive), although when you initialize and format the drive use GPT rather than MBR or you will not get the full drive as one partition. WD shipped similar PCIe cards with their 3Tb drives for the first year or so and they worked fine -- I installed them in at least a dozen systems.



RealBeast, thanks so much for your answer. I'm looking at the Rosewill RC-211 and see that it ports SATA II; the drive I am looking to purchase is SATA III. Does this change anything?
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a c 311 G Storage
November 5, 2012 7:43:15 PM

No -- HDDs do not saturate the SATA 2 interface so it makes no difference and they are compatible.
November 6, 2012 12:29:34 PM

What motherboard do you have?

Just update it with the most recent drivers before anything. The storage or SATA drivers HAVE to be updated. Example.. Nvidia nForce newest update is 11.1.0.43. It sounds like you just want it as a data storage drive, so change it to GPT and partition anyway you want, format and you sould be good. I wouldn't worry about the PCIe card. UEFI bios is not required. If you are running windows 7 32 bit you can try the updated drivers, but if that doesn't work, you will need windows 7 64 bit. My understanding is they require 64bit, but since I only had 64 bit installed, I never tested it with 32 bit.

SATA 2 or 3 doesn't matter, it will just run at the slower speed.
a c 311 G Storage
November 6, 2012 1:47:46 PM

Thumper3322 said:
I wouldn't worry about the PCIe card. UEFI bios is not required.
As I said, he may or may not need a card, if his bios has INT 13H Extensions, and thus 64 bit LBA bios addressing he doesn't need the card; if not he does. His OEM provides no information on this and has only one old bios update, so he will have to try it to know.

Thumper3322 said:
If you are running windows 7 32 bit you can try the updated drivers, but if that doesn't work, you will need windows 7 64 bit. My understanding is they require 64bit, but since I only had 64 bit installed, I never tested it with 32 bit.
No, as Jack's link below shows, you can use large drives on Win 7 32 bit as storage drives, the only need for UEFI and 64 bit is if you want it for a *boot* drive.

Thumper3322 said:
SATA 2 or 3 doesn't matter, it will just run at the slower speed.
HDDs do not saturate SATA 2, so they will not run any faster on SATA 3 ports. That difference only impacts some SSD performance at present.
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