Bye Bye BIOS, Hello UEFI 3TB Hard Drive Support
Thanks to a new development called Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), motherboards will finally leave the 1980′s. What’s the difference?
Well, UEFI is built on C and allows built in support for a mouse. This change from the old also means that motherboard makers will be able to support hard drive sizes in excess of 2 TB, which is a very real limitation on existing BIOS based systems.
Motherboard maker MSI plans to launch the first UEFI standard motherboards when it releases its “Sandy Bridge” models later this year. Universal adoption however might take some time since the UEFI code is larger than many motherboard RAM caches.
Most existing BIOS firmware can’t handle the new UEFI format with a simple flash upgrade. New motherboards will require larger BIOS RAM to accommodate the advance and many manufacturers are not rushing to the plate to make this happen.
The flexibility of using C instead of Assembly code for computer interface control will likely win out but it may take three to five years. Those of you who want to run single 3TB hard drives for your.. erm.. movie collection should hop on board ASAP.