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    Default How to get larger than 2TB HD to work on GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0

    Hello! My first post here :)

    I suppose the title says it all! How to get larger than 2TB HD to work on GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0

    I have been looking around the web and found a few posts here and there but am still lost on what to do.

    Can anyone please help me?

    Thank you so much in advance :) !!!

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    Default Re: How to get larger than 2TB HD to work on GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0

    Welcome to the forum.

    I use 3TB hard drives with my EP45-UD3P system with no problems. I have an ssd as my boot drive and all I had to do was to properly format and setup my 3TB drives with GPT format instead of the older MBR format.

    The hard drive needs to be partitioned using GPT format when one or more partitions will use more than 2.2TB of total drive space. If you want to have a boot partition on your large hard drive, I think that you need run win 8.0/8.1 or win 10. With windows 7 or newer, you can use Disk Management to setup and format a large data hard drive using GPT format.

    Check out Windows 7 cannot install to partition of the gpt format - [Solved] - Windows 7 for useful information and links. A web search using: gpt hard drive format will provide helpful tutorials for setting up your large hard drive.

    Let us know if you have additional questions.
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    Default Re: How to get larger than 2TB HD to work on GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0

    Okay, I have seen lots of these newer bioses, some of this forum actually and some of the topics you have been involved in.

    What are those for?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: How to get larger than 2TB HD to work on GA-P35-DS4 Rev 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazzz2017 View Post
    Okay, I have seen lots of these newer bioses, some of this forum actually and some of the topics you have been involved in.

    What are those for?

    Thanks
    You're referring to modified bios versions where one or more of the option rom's in the bios have been replaced with newer O-rom versions. With the LGA775 motherboards the most popular mods involved changing the older raid rom in the bios to a newer version that provided better raid0 performance and/or TRIM support for a raid0 ssd setup.

    If you flash using the wrong bios version for your motherboard (e.g. ver 1.0 instead of ver 2.0) you can brick your motherboard and you probably won't be able to use the Gigabyte dual bios feature to restore your board.

    Using an ssd for your boot drive is the best performance enhancement for old and new systems.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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