Formatting HDD Help

I installed a Seagate 3TB SATA drive on my (fairly new) new MSI Z77 system w/ Windows7 64bit OS.  I purchased the drive from AMAZON and new.
The Bios recognizes the Drive and correctly identifies it by type and model.
I thought windows would recognize it and be usable on boot up.

Do I need to format the drive, and if so.  How do I format it? Do I need a utility? (I would like to format all 3TB in one partition as id is a backup for pictures and photos)
Thanks
Danny
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DavidPresidentCommented:
If you do not have a UEFI BIOS, then you are screwed, you won't be able to boot the computer to this HDD.  Formatting has nothing to do with the problem.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
The specs confirm the system supports UEFI, so look at all the settings and make sure that this feature is enabled. Probably somewhere in manual is setting to support HDD > 2TB or something similar and release notes.

But no matter what, that is the issue, just change motherboard settings.  There may also be a firmware BIOS update required too, or even special driver disk required for installation.  In any event, the issue is the motherboard settings/drivers and not the HDD.
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dannyhopAuthor Commented:
worked great, thanks
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