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Unable to install Win8 x 64Pro Retail on 3TB GPT drive on ASUS UEFI

  1. #1


    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Unable to install Win8 x 64Pro Retail on 3TB GPT drive on ASUS UEFI


    According to the Tutorial, I SHOULD have been able to install Win8 Pro x64 retail onto a Seagate 3TB hard drive. The ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe mobo has UEFI BIOS on it and recognizes the drive as being 3TB in size.
    When I went to install onto the 3TB partition tho, Win8 barfed ans said that it could not install on a GPT partition. When trying to create a 3TB simple volume or MBR partition, the 2TB partition showed up again.
    Any ideas?

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Is the installer on a usb stick?
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  3. #3


    Redmond
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    And if so, is the partition you're booting FROM on the USB stick also formatted FAT? You can *only* boot to a DVD or FAT-formatted USB stick (locally - network is another story) to install in native UEFI mode. If you boot any other way, your install will be in BIOS mode, which would explain what you're seeing.
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  4. #4


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Oooh. Nice pickup. Yes, indeedy, that was on a USB stick. I choose the USB stick from the BIOS mode. Ah, now I see why I sometimes see the DVD ROM drive has EFI in front of it...
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  5. #5


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Indeed - you can only install UEFI if you use a supported method. DVD, FAT32 USB key, or a specific network boot (not the usual WDS or TFTP boot rom, either). DVD is the easiest, as getting a Windows image on a FAT32 key isn't easy (and doing USB key hot-potato in the USB port doesn't work on some machines).
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