As Much as I apprecieate the Intel community and all the people that took the time to read my post, I eventually figured it out for myself. Being the kind and generous person I am, I will share my learned wisdom with you.
The problem wasn't with the motherboard, the memory or even the drive itself. It was the OS. Windows XP Home. This 32 bit OS has served me well for many years and will continue to do so until I can put together a desktop capable of running Win 7 in 64 bit configuration of course. Gotten off track, The OS I currently use has a "built-in" limit of internal storage of 2TB. I found a excellent work-a-round for this to allow you to use these high capacity drives when you find them. The program is called Paragon GPT Disc Management. $20 USD is well invested to allow full unrestricted use of this 3TB drive in my system. I only used it on the drive in question and never on the "system" drive into which it is installed. Kinda weird but it takes care of everything from partion to format. The drive can now be seen as its full intended size sitting right next to the system drive. Do your searches, This was the BEST answer to this problem AND was the cheapest. I did consider a full reboot of Win-7 but considering the cost and the fact that my MB is quite old, Not even sure if intel has Win-7 drivers for it to function as it does now.
So there you have it in a nutshell. I'll keep the account and brows the site a while after finish setting up a wireless color laser printer for myself and the folks. Have a great day, A beautiful night and sleep peacefully.
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