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  1. #30


    Oregon
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Windows 8 Pro $39 upgrade won't install on UEFI, GPT 4TB


    I've got a new ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 mobo installed with an AMD FX 8 core processor to try to build a prototype server. I also have a 4TB HGST drive. I have not been able to install either the Windows 8 Pro $39 upgrade or a Windows 2012 Standard Server downloaded from TechNet to this hard drive. Both DVD installs create the 4 partitions mentioned above and start the installation process to partition 4 but then the installation fails down the road. I've retried multiple times to no avail, including replacing the HGST drive, thinking it was bad. I even tried creating the system with a 200 GB Partition 4, just in case the 4TB was the problem. No help.

    I am able to boot a Win 8 Pro SSD MBR drive that I created on another system, so I can boot this mobo and get Win 8 running.

    So is my problem that I don't have the necessary UEFI drivers in the ISO build of these DVDs to install on this system? That sounds like a possibility from the comments above, except that I can boot from the DVDs just fine and go through all the partitioning steps required, but it just doesn't complete the installation with either DVD. The Win 8 DVD is the same disk I used to install my Win 8 upgrade on my system and on the SSD.

    Any suggestions?

    HGST hasn't been able to help, nor has anybody else so far.

    Thanks!

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  2. #31


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    Quote Originally Posted by wand View Post
    I've got a new ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 mobo installed with an AMD FX 8 core processor to try to build a prototype server. I also have a 4TB HGST drive. I have not been able to install either the Windows 8 Pro $39 upgrade or a Windows 2012 Standard Server downloaded from TechNet to this hard drive. Both DVD installs create the 4 partitions mentioned above and start the installation process to partition 4 but then the installation fails down the road. I've retried multiple times to no avail, including replacing the HGST drive, thinking it was bad. I even tried creating the system with a 200 GB Partition 4, just in case the 4TB was the problem. No help.

    I am able to boot a Win 8 Pro SSD MBR drive that I created on another system, so I can boot this mobo and get Win 8 running.

    So is my problem that I don't have the necessary UEFI drivers in the ISO build of these DVDs to install on this system? That sounds like a possibility from the comments above, except that I can boot from the DVDs just fine and go through all the partitioning steps required, but it just doesn't complete the installation with either DVD. The Win 8 DVD is the same disk I used to install my Win 8 upgrade on my system and on the SSD.

    Any suggestions?

    HGST hasn't been able to help, nor has anybody else so far.

    Thanks!
    Download the Windows 8 Pro ISO from your TechNet account.
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  3. #32


    Oregon
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    Quote Originally Posted by wand View Post
    I've got a new ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 mobo installed with an AMD FX 8 core processor to try to build a prototype server. I also have a 4TB HGST drive. I have not been able to install either the Windows 8 Pro $39 upgrade or a Windows 2012 Standard Server downloaded from TechNet to this hard drive. Both DVD installs create the 4 partitions mentioned above and start the installation process to partition 4 but then the installation fails down the road. I've retried multiple times to no avail, including replacing the HGST drive, thinking it was bad. I even tried creating the system with a 200 GB Partition 4, just in case the 4TB was the problem. No help.

    I am able to boot a Win 8 Pro SSD MBR drive that I created on another system, so I can boot this mobo and get Win 8 running.

    So is my problem that I don't have the necessary UEFI drivers in the ISO build of these DVDs to install on this system? That sounds like a possibility from the comments above, except that I can boot from the DVDs just fine and go through all the partitioning steps required, but it just doesn't complete the installation with either DVD. The Win 8 DVD is the same disk I used to install my Win 8 upgrade on my system and on the SSD.

    Any suggestions?

    HGST hasn't been able to help, nor has anybody else so far.

    Thanks!
    Download the Windows 8 Pro ISO from your TechNet account.
    UPDATE

    I actually tried both downloads from TechNet for Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows Server 2012. Both failed multiple times. Never did get them to work with the 4TB Hitachi Drive.

    I then changed to a < 2TB GPT drive and everything installs just great.

    So my question is:????
    What does it take to get Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 to boot from a >2.2TB drive with a UEFI bios? Has anybody done it yet. There is an absolute dearth of information about UEFI bios, large drives, and booting, anywhere that I can find including Microsoft's website, MSDN, and Technet. Can anybody from here or maybe from Microsoft answer this question. It makes no sense that Windows 2012 can't boot from a >2.2 TB drive, unless they have some requirement that I don't know about to boot only to a smaller drive and then use the larger drive for data only.

    As I said, it makes no sense to me???

    Thanks,

    Wand

    PS Brink, you seem to have a lot of experience with GPT drives. Any suggestions?
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  4. #33


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Wand,

    I don't have a drive over 2TB to try doing a UEFI installation with, but the guy in the article below did so with a 3TB HDD and 64-bit Windows 7. It pretty much installed the same way here except the W7 has 3 partitions instead of 4 with Windows 8.

    3TB Western Digital Drive on a UEFI day night - Connected Digital World
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  5. #34


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Wand,

    I don't have a drive over 2TB to try doing a UEFI installation with, but the guy in the article below did so with a 3TB HDD and 64-bit Windows 7. It pretty much installed the same way here except the W7 has 3 partitions instead of 4 with Windows 8.

    3TB Western Digital Drive on a UEFI day night - Connected Digital World
    Shawn

    Would test, but no HDD over 2tb.


    Wand,

    Did the 4tb HDD show in screenshot 2?

    Did the installer make the first 4 partitions in screenshot 3?
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  6. #35


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 x64 & Windows 7 Pro x64


    thank you arkhi
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  7. #36


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    Hi!

    I've been trying to create an UEFI-supporting image of my Windows X64 upgrade ISO, but with no luck... On my laptop I still have the ESD folder, but when I run the application it says: "Filename.iso not found Exiting". (I forgot the exact filename it shows...)

    So, how will I go about creating an UEFI-supporting ISO now? As far as I can see that's the only option I have?

    Come to think of it: do ALL the downloaded upgrade ISO's lack UEFI support? I was following this tutorial to prevent disappointment when I receive my new hardware tuesday. Maybe I won't even need to do all this. Is there a way to test if the ISO supports UEFI on a non-UEFI system?
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  8. #37


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by m1midan0s View Post
    Hi!

    I've been trying to create an UEFI-supporting image of my Windows X64 upgrade ISO, but with no luck... On my laptop I still have the ESD folder, but when I run the application it says: "Filename.iso not found Exiting". (I forgot the exact filename it shows...)

    So, how will I go about creating an UEFI-supporting ISO now? As far as I can see that's the only option I have?

    Come to think of it: do ALL the downloaded upgrade ISO's lack UEFI support? I was following this tutorial to prevent disappointment when I receive my new hardware tuesday. Maybe I won't even need to do all this. Is there a way to test if the ISO supports UEFI on a non-UEFI system?
    Welcome to EightForums.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


    If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
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  9. #38


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 x64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    Welcome to EightForums.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


    If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
    I think you misunderstood me. Last year I upgraded my HTPC to Windows 8 using the upgrade assistent. I downloaded the ISO and followed the procedure. Now I have installed a new (UEFI supporting) motherboard + new ram and CPU. But the DVD I burned doesn't support UEFI (all I get is AHCI choices and one UEFI: built-in EFI supported ROM - or something).

    From the tutorial I understand you must have the ESD folder intact.

    I recently reinstalled windows 7 and windows 8 on my laptop and I don't have the ESD folder. Neither do I have it on my HTPC.

    I want to reinstall Windows 8 now on my HTPC in UEFI-mode, but isn't there anyway to make the ISO support UEFI?
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  10. #39


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello m1midan0s, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to create a bootable Windows 8 installation USB for UEFI.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows


    Once created, you could use the tutorial on the first page of this thread to install with UEFI.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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