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GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD

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GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« on: September 01, 2010, 10:32:34 am »
Hi everyone,

I'm having major issues with the above. I have been running my motherboard fine for the last 5 months but I decided to buy two Western Digital HDD 2TB for media storage. As soon as I connected them I have been plagued by problems with the Bios hanging, and Win7 sometimes see the drives and then it doesn't.

I've tried all SATA ports even in IDE & AHCI Mode, has anyone else had this problem with there MB?
Intel i7 920 D0, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0, 6 x 2GB Corsair 1600 C8, Antec P182 Case, EVGA 8800 Ultra H20, EVGA 8800 GTX H20, Enermax Infinity 720W, EK X58A-UD7 WB, Swiftech Extreme WB, Win7 x64 Pro, 2x Samsungs 22" LCD's, 1x WD 74GB Raptor, 1x WD 250GB, 2x WD 500GB, 1x WD 1TB, 1x WD 2TB, 1x DVD

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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 10:36:39 am »
Hi,
I don't think it is the Mobo that is the problem but the Western Digital Hard drives. I have 2 640 GB SATA3 Caviar Black and they have caused me all kinds of problems!  >:(
Remember, when all else fails a cup of tea and a good swear will often help! It won't solve the problem but it will make you feel better.

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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 10:37:09 am »
The Western Digital Greens are not good for using as boot drives, this is well documented. They tend to lack the performance characteristics for today's modern systems. The only suggestion I can make other than replace the one you use for booting is to go into the BIOS and enable a hard drive boot delay and see if that will help. They just don't initialise fast enough.
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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2010, 11:02:08 am »
Thanks peeps, I forgot to say that the only other drive left plugged in is my WD74GB Raptor which has the Win7 64bit OS on. I tired removing all the drives but the Raptor and 1 of the 2TB Green Drives. And still no joy.  :'(

I have got off the phone to WD UK and they have been helpful trying to asses the problem, as they have seen how many of there drives I own they have now escallated it up to the senior engineer.
Intel i7 920 D0, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0, 6 x 2GB Corsair 1600 C8, Antec P182 Case, EVGA 8800 Ultra H20, EVGA 8800 GTX H20, Enermax Infinity 720W, EK X58A-UD7 WB, Swiftech Extreme WB, Win7 x64 Pro, 2x Samsungs 22" LCD's, 1x WD 74GB Raptor, 1x WD 250GB, 2x WD 500GB, 1x WD 1TB, 1x WD 2TB, 1x DVD

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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 11:16:33 am »
When you have reached a suitable outcome please post it here so it might be of use to members in the future.
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2010, 02:28:31 pm »
I've got one of these drives, and a 15EARS 1.5TB drive. The problems here are definitely spin-up delay, set a delay of about 3 to 4 seconds, I had this with older drives years ago. I use mine as archive drives, and WD say they're Advanced Format drives so they need to be calibrated, I had big problems cloning one to the other under XP, as XP required the calibration, but Win 7 managed fine. Once I cloned it under Win 7, I could use it under XP, but transfer rates seem slower.

Look on the label, it has a warning, and mentions the Paragon software you need to use. So you don't need to rip your drive out, I've copied it here:

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Advanced Format Drive. To achieve full performance:

*Windows XP, multi partition and cloning software users - use WD Align software available on www.wd.com/advformat.

*Windows XP, single partition - Set jumpers 7-8 prior to installation or use WD Align software.

*All other OS configurations - Drive is ready for use as is

They take a while spinning up, it's to prevent damage to the motor driver (smooth) chip. If it spins up too fast, the chip gets high resistance, causing it to get hot, decreasing its lifespan. A motor needs high current to get to optimum RPM under the load of the platters and air resistance between the arms & heads, then it tails off.

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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2010, 05:06:28 pm »
I'll give that delay a try tonight, I'll have to query Scan as the drives was shipped to me next day in just bubble wrap.

Cheers everyone, I'll keep you posted
Intel i7 920 D0, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0, 6 x 2GB Corsair 1600 C8, Antec P182 Case, EVGA 8800 Ultra H20, EVGA 8800 GTX H20, Enermax Infinity 720W, EK X58A-UD7 WB, Swiftech Extreme WB, Win7 x64 Pro, 2x Samsungs 22" LCD's, 1x WD 74GB Raptor, 1x WD 250GB, 2x WD 500GB, 1x WD 1TB, 1x WD 2TB, 1x DVD

Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2010, 01:12:49 am »
As a note, I tested my 15EARS and 20EARS side by side in a quiet room. The 20EARS takes a lot longer to start up than the 15EARS. I'm buying one as a boot drive in the next couple weeks for use with my EP45-UD3R system, so I'll let you know if I have the same issue.

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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2010, 12:22:47 pm »
Well I tried everything so the drives are going back to Scan tomorrow. I dod on the off chance brought another from Scan, It arrived on Friday.

And would you believe it it worked, so I can only suggest that the other two was fault.

On the other note I now have update my Bios to F7.
Intel i7 920 D0, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0, 6 x 2GB Corsair 1600 C8, Antec P182 Case, EVGA 8800 Ultra H20, EVGA 8800 GTX H20, Enermax Infinity 720W, EK X58A-UD7 WB, Swiftech Extreme WB, Win7 x64 Pro, 2x Samsungs 22" LCD's, 1x WD 74GB Raptor, 1x WD 250GB, 2x WD 500GB, 1x WD 1TB, 1x WD 2TB, 1x DVD

Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2010, 08:13:30 pm »
Hi Court,
I have exactly the same Mobo and hdd in RAID 0. It works fine without any problem. I'm using SSD Vertex 2 as a system.

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Re: GA-X58A-UD7 Rev 1.0 With WD20EARS HDD
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2010, 08:18:37 pm »
Well I tried everything so the drives are going back to Scan tomorrow. I dod on the off chance brought another from Scan, It arrived on Friday.

And would you believe it it worked, so I can only suggest that the other two was fault.

On the other note I now have update my Bios to F7.

After all that what is a BIOS update ;D Glad you got it sorted though.
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

 

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