Dear reader at the Ubuntu forums,
Recently I received my new 3TB hard drives (two of them). I intend to use one as a storage drive for windows (in addition to my SSD on which windows is installed) and the other one as a dedicated drive for Ubuntu. However, I have not been able to boot to the 3TB drive yet, even though Ubuntu (13.04) seems to install to it just fine. Both drives are recognized just fine under my UEFI BIOS. The motherboard I am using is the Asus Sabertooth Z77.
The first thing I did when receiving the drives was hook them up to my computer and boot into windows. I used the windows partioning software to convert the drives to GPT, which apparently is needed to be able to gain access to all of the 3TB of space. I then used a simple flash drive to install Ubuntu on the hard drive.
During the installation process I choose 'something else' as the installation option, and take a look at the drive I want to install to (/dev/sdc). I add a swap partition (gets called /dev/sdc1) with 8GB (plenty of space, but there's plenty of space now anyway), and add the rest of the data to an Ext4 partition with mount point '/' (gets called /dev/sdc2). I choose /dev/sdc for the boot loader installation device (not sdc1 or sdc2 but the drive itself, read somewhere I was supposed to). I complete the installation and reboot. However, the disk is not recognized as bootable and there doesn't seem to be a way (maybe there is but I'm not aware) to boot to it in the UEFI BIOS.
I repeated the same process with the addition of a tiny 'Reserved BIOS boot area' partition as well as a 1GB partition with mount point /boot (so 4 partitions in total). Also repeated with disk set to MBR (in windows partitioning software, I thought 'I'll just deal with 2TB if needed'), but no success.
Basically, the thing is, I want to boot Ubuntu on a 3TB hard drive using a UEFI bios, but so far I've had little success (installing seems to go fine, booting doesn't).
I really hope there is someone here who is able to help me out (need to get working on my university project is linux again).