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    Default Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H MB with a WD HC310 HDD freezes during POST in AHCI mode

    Hi. :)

    I have a Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard and I purchased a WD HC310 (0B35948 HUS726T4TALN6L4) HDD.


    After I created a 4 TB NTFS volume, the PC cannot pass the POST (just freezes).


    If I detach the new HDD, start the PC and then hotplug the new HDD, it's working fine. But it's not really convenient to uplug/replug the HDD each time the PC starts.


    If I choose "IDE" mode of the SATA controller, PC starts OK, but the performance is worse.


    How do I use the new HDD with 4TB NTFS volume in AHCI mode?


    P.S. Found similar issue, not solved: SATA HDD freezes BIOS POST - Works fine Hot Swap after | Tom's Hardware Forum

    UPDATE1: neither MBR or GPT without any created volumes work, still freezes on POST. Only uninitialized disk can pass the POST.

    UPDATE2: PC can pass the POST in RAID mode. Doesn't seem like a solution.
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    Default Re: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?

    Update: neither MBR or GTP without any created volumes work, still freezes on POST. Only uninitialized disk can pass the POST.
    Last edited by Tacis; 2 Weeks Ago at 04:20 AM.

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    Default Re: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?

    UPDATE: neither MBR or GTP without any created volumes work, still freezes on POST. Only uninitialized disk can pass the POST.

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    Default Re: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?

    Try raid mode.

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    Default Re: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chike View Post
    Try raid mode.
    RAID mode works. But how do I boot in AHCI mode?

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    Default Re: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?

    Tested same HDD with GA-B250M-D3H - POST passed successfully in AHCI mode.

    How do I make the POST pass in AHCI mode with this HDD with GA-Z97X-UD3H?

    I really want to avoid unnecessary upgrade (I have 3 of GA-Z97X-UD3H).

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    Default Re: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?

    Anybody? Please?

    This is what I have from official techsupport: How to boot Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H motherboard with a 4 TB NTFS volume on WD HC310 HDD?-screencapture-esupport-gigabyte-2020-03-23-23_16_55-png

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