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    Default Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    Guys,

    I have had this machine running continuously for 18 months under Centos 5.6 - no downtime during that period (it runs on a UPS) During that time it has transferred over 120,000 TB of data - again never a problem.

    It had 8 Seagate Constellation drives in a 4 x RAID1 (usiing Linux Software RAID) config with LVM on top. I boot off a Seagate 160GB IDE hard drive attached to the onboard IDE controller - it is set as the master and is the only device on the IDE bus

    It has come time to expand the disks as free space was getting low. So i ordered 4 x WD 3TB RED drives - due to the way LVM works once the physical disks are installed the data can be moved across to these drives with the only downtime being the time to physically turn off the box and install the drives.

    I connected these drives in USB housings to the MOBO and added them to the LVM partition and expanded the LVM onto them last week.

    I then went to connect them to the Intel Motherboard ports and replace 4 of the Constellation drives. This is when i found out my old BIOS (original release with the Motherboard F1) would not support the drives - i then messed around last night and finally got the BIOS updated to FH.

    Since then the system has had a hardware hang twice - total lockup and no hints of what is going on - blank monitor and only a power off will resolve it.

    The only physical change has been the BIOS update and addition of the 4 3TB drives.

    The system has a dual port Intel Gigabit PCI-E NIC and a Radeon 5000 graphics card.

    After the first lockup i ran memtest on the 4GB of RAM for 4 hours and no failures.

    Any ideas where to look on here ? I can not find any firmware updates for the Red drives as they are so new.

    After doing the BIOS update i reset to safe defaults and then reconfigured the SATA controllers for AHCI

    I have disabled the onboard HIDEF Sound, USB3, IEEE1394 and Onboard NIC in the BIOS

    Craig
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    Default Re: Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    Which Bios update did you apply? FG1 or FH?

    also instead of loading Safe Defaults, try Loading Optimized Settings. If after loading Optimized settings you still have an issue and you loaded the FH Bios, I'd try going back 1 revision and installing the FG1 Bios, then loading Optimized defaults before proceeding... Sometimes with the HW installed the latest Bios isn't the best choice.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 4x PNY 120GB Raid 0
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinster View Post
    Which Bios update did you apply? FG1 or FH?

    also instead of loading Safe Defaults, try Loading Optimized Settings. If after loading Optimized settings you still have an issue and you loaded the FH Bios, I'd try going back 1 revision and installing the FG1 Bios, then loading Optimized defaults before proceeding... Sometimes with the HW installed the latest Bios isn't the best choice.

    Vin
    hey Vin,

    I started with the FH BIOS which appears to be a good 6 months old and kept getting the hanging

    yesterday i rolled back to the FG BIOS, and went through and turned off everything i did not want in the BIOS.

    It has been running for the last 28 hours now without an issue - i have been pounding it to see if it could get any problems to arise and nothing so far

    Will report back after it has run for a week or so

    Craig

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    Default Re: Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    yep has not missed a beat now - running 24x7 for the last Week or so - moved 8TB of Media back onto it and going strong

    Craig

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    Default Re: Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    Quote Originally Posted by craigcurtin View Post
    yep has not missed a beat now - running 24x7 for the last Week or so - moved 8TB of Media back onto it and going strong

    Craig
    thats good to hear... I've run in to (2) Gigabyte AMD boards that ran really bad with the latest Bios. I don't know why, exact same settings on an older Bios and they ran perfectly. I'd expect it if it was a beta bios, but they weren't.

    Now what kind of media do you have that occupies 8TB of data? I thought my 1.5TB was large.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 4x PNY 120GB Raid 0
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    All my movies, TV shows and Music - adds up pretty quick

    Craig

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    Default Re: Mobo hanging with WD 3TB RED drives - GA-X58A-UD3R V2 - i960

    gotcha, I realized that.. my Server originally only had 750GB of storage space for Family movies/photo's... I was only using ~200GB... then I digitized my Music and then started on my movies and quickly ran out, I just recently upgraded to 2TB to start and it's 75% filled and I just haven't had the drive to get back at it again to continue digitizing the rest of my movies...

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 4x PNY 120GB Raid 0
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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