Well, it's finally happened. Got my first Dell that had ALL blue USB 3 SS ports front and back - and 2 USB C ports in the front. I need to image it with my USB drive and I can't boot to the drive in UEFI. I COULD boot to it in CSM (MBR) mode and install it as legacy, however I've had 3 of these units (prior models with legacy USB ports) that just freeze at boot time when booting them as legacy. I reimage to EFI and they boot fine.
So, how does someone boot to a USB 3 WD Passport drive on a machine that only has USB SS ports? My, Passport drive has the EFI system files on it and boots fine to EFI on other systems that have older USB ports on them.
EDIT: Well, I figured it out. I'm using a Dell IMageassist drive to do the imaging and what I failed to realize is that you don't need to boot into EFI mode for it to install Windows as EFI. It HAS the EFI files and I booted to EFI with it on prior models that had USB legacy connectors. That was the first hurdle. The next was the fact that Windows 7 does not come with USB 3 drivers from the default instillation, and since all I had was USB 3 ports the USB mouse and keyboard would not work. Luckily this model still has a PS/2 connection on it. After I dug up a PS/2 KB 7 mouse I connected and installed the drivers that were needed for the USB 3 and NIC. After that it was a cinch.