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P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 SATA Config Help

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November 30, 2012 3:49:49 PM

I recently got 2 new hard drives, bumping the total amount up to 4 for my computer. The only issue I'm having right now is that the BIOs shows the hard drives are there but Windows does not.

The 2 that work is an SSD 90gb & a 1TB hard drive, I recently got a new SSD with 240GB and a 3TB hard drive which don't load in Windows.

I'm honestly not sure what to do at this point... In the Advanced Settings on the BIOs in the SATA Configuration screen all the ports are set to enabled. Also looking at the Boot Priority it lists all 4 drives, the 90GB SSD is the Main Disk which has Windows on it.

Any advice at all at this point would help. A friend recommended updating my BIOs firmware, thoughts?
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November 30, 2012 3:53:37 PM

Hi, In Windows, right click My computer, choose Manage, then Disk management. Right click the 240GB one and initialize it. For the 3TB one, right click and convert it to GPT.
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a c 121 V Motherboard
November 30, 2012 3:55:08 PM

If they are brand new drives, they will need to be initialized in windows.

Right click on My Computer, then click Manage. Click on Disk Management on the left panel.

It should pop up a box asking to initialize disk. It is best in most cases to use the MBR option as opposed to GPT.

If it doesn't pop up a box, on the bottom half of the screen are all the drives that windows sees. Right click on the new drives, and choose format. It is probably best to use NTFS.
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November 30, 2012 4:15:52 PM

Haha I just realized I'm on the UK/Ireland forum when I'm in the US, oh well not a big deal.

Anyway, yes I've checked the windows disk management but it doesn't show the 2 new drives for some reason, even when rescanning.

It lists my 90gb and 1tb, my cd drive, and system reserved
a c 150 Ĉ ASUS
a c 554 V Motherboard
November 30, 2012 4:25:29 PM

They are seen in BIOS, but not in Disk Management, that's weird. Try inserting an Windows install DVD, boot from it and see if the HDDs are seen there. If yes, format the 240GB one and use Shift+F10 for diskpart and GPT format the 3TB one.
November 30, 2012 4:58:52 PM

Ok I will give that a shot, was at lunch. Will let you know how it goes.
November 30, 2012 5:23:05 PM

Ok... I'm at the drive selection screen where I pick a drive to install windows.

As follows:
Disk 0 Partition 1: Slave Drive 931.5GB - Primary (my 1TB)
Disk 1 Unallocated Space 2048.0GB - (Blank) (this appears to be the 3Tb but it's split)
Disk 1 Unallocated Space 746.5GB - (Blank) (the rest of the 3TB)
Disk 2 Unallocated Space 223.6GB - (Blank) (the 240GB SSD)
Disk 3 Partition 1: System Reserved 100.0MB - System
Disk 3 Partition 2 83.7GB - Primary (90GB SSD)

If I hit advanced drive settings it shows the options to: Delete, Format, New, Extend.
Everything except New is greyed out for the Unallocated drives.

I selected New for 2048GB and 223GB drives. That changed it to Disk 1 Partition 1 -Primary and Disk 2 Partition 1 - Primary. The options Delete and Format became available, I formatted them both.

Except the other 750GB of the 3TB when I try to select new for it I get an error: "Failed to create a new partition in the selected unused space. [Error: 0x80042468]"

Upon exiting the install and returning to Windows the 2 new drives show up but the 3TB is now limited to 2TB.
November 30, 2012 5:36:26 PM

I'm confused by step 5.

Step 1 - 4 I did but at step 4: "NOTE: This step does not create the GPT partition information."

Step 5: "At the prompt, type: create name="efi system partition" type=efisys Size=102 to create the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) partition.

NOTE: The name can be anything you want, but if the name has spaces in it, the name must have quotes around it. The type must equal either Efisys, Msres, or Msdata. If a size is not specified, the partition uses the remaining unpartitioned space. To install Windows XP, the Msdata partition must contain at least 2 gigabytes (GB) of free space."

Which I did but it doesn't do anything, I typed: create name="efi system partition" type=efisys Size=102

E: added 2 quotes. removed them.

EE: Right now I have the options to type: Partition (Create a partition), Volume (Create a volume), or Vdisk (Create a virtual disk file)
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November 30, 2012 5:43:59 PM

Nope. The disk is now MBR (you should have used Shift+F10 for diskpart before formatting it) and it will not see more than 2GB. Use disk management in Windows - delete the partition, right click the disk and convert it to GPT.
November 30, 2012 5:47:57 PM

Right clicking the disk in disk management gives me the options: Open, Explore, Mark Partition as Active, Change Drive Letter and Paths, Format, Extend Volume, Shrink Volume, Delete Volume, Properties, Help.

Checked all the options and I don't see the option to change to GPT.
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November 30, 2012 5:50:34 PM

Delete firstly the volume, then right click the disk tab, not the unallocated space one.
November 30, 2012 5:53:48 PM

I deleted the volume and now the drive no longer shows up on Disk Management.
November 30, 2012 5:57:28 PM

Wait scratch that, I see it, I converted to GPT but it still says unallocated and doesn't show up on the list of drives.

E: Wait, right clicking on the Unallocated gives me the option to do a "New Simple Volume" do I do that?

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November 30, 2012 5:59:42 PM

Yes, you can now create volumes and format them.
November 30, 2012 6:02:22 PM

Woo!!! Alright I now have the full 3TB (well 2.72TB but w/e).

Thank you for all the amazing help!
November 30, 2012 6:02:40 PM

Best answer selected by DKRises.