I have this problem that I can't google the answer to (first time in 6 years I can't overcome an issue with my PC) and hoped someone might know how to help.
I have Asrock 970 Extreme3 main board, windows 10,
many drives: 120GB SSD for windows (SATA), 1TB (SATA), 3TB (SATA), 3TB (SATA) and two external via USB.
The 3GB drives are both divided to 2GB and 1GB partitions.
(I know what you might ask so let me assure you - CPU is decent brand and sufficiently strong)
A bit of intro (you can skipp it I guess):
It worked for a long while but some issues started to appear over time - my PC was sometimes not starting and giving 4 short beeps - after some reading, experiments and test I took out one of two 8GB RAM and it seemed to have helped.
Recently (maybe month ago) though I had one of the windows updates (I think 1709) keeping failing over and over again and finally I decided to reinstal windows - I know 1709 was much earlier but I was ignoring the issue for as long as I had any hope it will end up installing and only recently decided to fix it by any means necesarry.
THE PROBLEM (don't skip this one!) :
My system became unstable again and failed to load giving me 4 short beeps. Eventually the system started but I knew it will happen again so I tried to google some fixes I could try. I came across some suggestions to check my BIOS version and it appeared there was a newer version supposingly making system more stable.
I installed it via USB from BIOS level. My previous BIOS version was P1.60 and now I upgraded to P1.80.
I was pretty terryfied when my PC froze on a Asrock welcome screen - I could not even enter the BIOS. Pressing delete would give one beep (nothing happened afterwards but at least there was a hint keybord works).
I tried then following tips I found and reseting BIOS - first with the pins, later with battery removal - but it didn't solve anything.
I then decided (on my own at this point) to try unpluging all drives but the SSD and voilla - windows started. I also regained acces to BIOS.
After some attempts to set it straight I came to the current situation:
My PC will only start if neither of the 3TB Seagate drives are connected. It does not mind my DVD or my 1TB drive.
If I connect either one of the 3TB drives the system will freeze BEFORE I get to go into BIOS. (so I can't even check if the BIOS sees these drives and if it want's to boot from them or not)
I tried finding online someone with similar problem but didn't find anything worthy.
And of course it all worked fine before the BIOS update just yesterday.
Any hints? (Does going back to P1.60 BIOS version makes any sense?)
Chosen BIOS settings are:
Boot option #1: SSD
Boot option #2: Disabled
Boot option #3: Disabled
Hard drive BBS Priorities: Boot option #1: SSD
Boot option #2: Disabled
CD/DVD ROM Drive BBS Priorities: Boot option #1: DVD
Fast Boot: Disabled
Boot from Onboard LAN: Disabled
Boot Failure Guard: Enabled
North bridge Conf: [...]
Storage configuration: SATA Controller: Ennabled
SATA Mode: AHCI Mode
AMD AHCI BIOS ROM: Disabled
SATA IDE Combined Mode: Enabled (I tried disabled too)
Aggresive Link Power Management: Enabled (I tried disabled too)
Thank you for any help or advice
Edited by hamluis, 13 June 2018 - 06:34 AM.
Moved from Crashes/BSODs to Disk Mgmt - Hamluis.