Leave it to UsingWindowsHomeServer, BYOB and the Home Server Show Podcasts to be the first to bring you an article for installing Windows 7 in UEFI on a 3TB Western Digital drive. I dropped the $200 for a 3TB drive at Best Buy and spent this Friday night doing a simple UEFI installation of Windows 7. Read on to find out more about this easy installation.
Western Digital 3TB My Book Essential
It is a 3TB drive. That is about it. The specs are here.
- 3TB Western Digital Drive
- Motherboard that supports UEFI
- 4 Beers (Optional as always)
- External DVD Drive (USB powered)
Now that we have the equipment…lets set this pig on fire.
3TB My Book Essential – Best Buy Version
Its an external drive. That’s about it. Nothing really to review here. It looks like every other My Book I have ever seen. But like Prom night, there is more underneath…
It sure costs more than the other drives out there. In addition, I had to drive to THREE Best Buy locations to find the damn thing. It was more expensive than my Prom too. Well in 1988 anyway…
Installation is just a power cable and USB. I already have a USB 3.0 card in my test PC so connecting is easy. If you are going to get this model then make sure you get a USB 3.0 card for your PC as the USB 2.0 speeds will drive you nuts!
Mental Note: It does NOT come with a USB 3.0 card!
My Book USB 3.0 Performance
The USB 3.0 performance was very good. The disk was just as fast as being connected via SATA cable. It should be since the spec exceeds earlier SATA.