Converting System to UEFI to support 4TB disk


  1. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 x64
       #1

    Converting System to UEFI to support 4TB disk


    Just converted my systems to Windows 10. Working well, so far.
    I would like to install 4TB disks on a couple of the systems and understand that I need to use UEFI.
    Looks like my ASUS P8Z68-U GEN 3 MB supports UEFI, but I don't understand how to enable it. The other system has ASUS B85M-E mother board.
    I've seen some one paragraph descriptions, but they don't really walk me through the process.

    1 - Can I upgrade my existing system without a complete Windows 10 reinstall? I have lots of apps installed so I'd like to avoid complete system rebuilds.

    2 - Due to legacy use of Mirrored drives, I'm using the Intel RAID stuff, although I no longer need it. Will that be a problem? SSD and other disks are JBOD. I'd like to get rid of that, but I think that does require a complete system reinstall since disabling the RAID wipes the disk.

    Can someone point me to video or other step by step process to convert a system to UEFI to support 4TB disks?
    Thanks much,
    wg
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  2. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #2

    I just discovered that the ASUS B85M-E mother board system is apparently booting Win 10 with UEFI and has RAID disabled. When I put the 4TB drive inside on a SATA bus it came up fine and I can see all 4TB. Guess I'll try the other system. When attaching the 4TB disk to the system with a USB adapter, It only saw 2TB. Maybe the USB adapter is the problem. Guess the next thing to do is try a 4TB disk in the P8Z68 system and see if it just works.

    We'll see.
    ww
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  3. Posts : 1,191
    Windows 11 Pro x64
       #3

    You don't need UEFI for the drives. You just need to format them as GPT instead of MBR. You can convert an MBR disk to a GPT (for instance with partition wizard). I don't know how easy this would be for you with a boot disk though - you would need to do it outside of windows.

    You aren't booting with EFI. You have to have your boot disk formatted GPT, and you have ato have n EFI system partition on it that is used to boot - you do it by creating formatting the disk GPT, then install windows in EFI mode on it. You won't be able to boot full EFI unless you reinstall windows.
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  4. Posts : 234
    Windows 10 Pro (x64)
       #4

    You only need UEFI for GPT drives that you want to boot up from. IF all they are going to be used for is storage you do not need UEFI.
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  5. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #5

    Geneo said:
    You don't need UEFI for the drives. You just need to format them as GPT instead of MBR. You can convert an MBR disk to a GPT (for instance with partition wizard). I don't know how easy this would be for you with a boot disk though - you would need to do it outside of windows.
    Just to clarify. You initialize as GPT partition type instead of MBR. However, You format both to be NTFS.
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  6. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    It's possible to upgrade to UEFI, but it's a real pain. It involves repartitioning drives, and moving them around, and generally just a huge pain. I did it once, and I wouldn't do it again, it would have been easier to just reformat and re-install.

    UEFI has a lot of advantages, including lightning fast boot times in most UEFI bioses.
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  7. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 x64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Yep. I see that. My problem was attaching the 4TB drive with a USB adapter and seeing only 2TB. When I attached it internally it worked fine. One on each of the two MBs in question. Thanks. I guess having modern UEFI "capable" bios is enough. Got a 4TB going now on both systems.
    Thanks all.
    ww
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