19 months ago
What's support for 3TB (and higher) HDDs like on Ryzen?
BTW the PC in question has a B350 chipset.
Should be no problem. All Ryzen motherboards have UEFI. In order to boot from 3 Tb or larger drives:
1 - Must be booted in UEFI mode, rather than CSM (aka legacy BIOS mode)
2 - Must use a 64 bit OS
3 - OS must be installed in UEFI mode
For 3 Tb drives to be formatted and for all the space to be usable, they must be initialised with a GPT partition type, rather than an MBR partition type which is limited to 2 Tb. To use a 3 Tb drive as a data disk only, it doesn't matter if the OS is installed in CSM mode or UEFI mode.
To install Windows in UEFI mode, you must ensure the OS installation media (the DVD or USB stick) is booted in UEFI mode. The most certain way to do this is to disable CSM/legacy mode in the BIOS's boot menu.
I haven't put mine together yet, I'm building a Ryzen 5 1600x with X370 board, I'll have 2x 3TB on the unit so I'm not far off from what you're attempting. As far as I'm aware Windows 7 and up support 3TB drives these days. None of the reading I've seen on my ASUS board leads me to believe there is a support issue. On the contrary I'd feel like AMDs have more hard drive support especially with RAID support than the new Intels do out of the box.
If you find out there is an issue let me know, that would kinda suck...
Tell me how it turns out! I'd love to hear!
I was asking because I knew that my computer with a FX processor has to have some type of driver installed in windows for full 3TB+ support.
As far as I'm aware it's fine. Why wouldn't they be supported? AFAIK CPU can't tell the difference between a 160gb and a 10tb drive.
I back this up. I don't think the CPU has anything to do with storages. The driver of the storage installed on the OS does.
the CPU can't, but the chip set, and particularly the SATA controller may have some limitations. That said I think the modern chipsets will all support 3TB drives.
I had my 8 TB HDD with my LGA 775 motherboard working just fine under Windows 10. :)
While the OS is a possible limiting factor; however, the MOBO also plays a role, short version the MOBO will need to be using GPT rather than MBR to initialize the disk. If you want to boot from the large drive you need to have a UEFI compatible board.
Further reading on the topic https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2581408/windows-support-for-hard-disks-that-are-larger-than-2-tb
That's useful. :)