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Old December 29, 2012, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by MAK View Post
If the 3TB hard drive worked and you were able to copy to it, then I don't see how that could be an issue. Either a mobo and the OS does not like the 3TB drive and fails to see it (or sees it as a MAX 2TB drive), or it will work. And you did fine by formatting it as GPT.

Another instability could be from insufficient power; but your PSU looks OK. If it was causing issues, you'd have seen it starting the moment the new hard drive went in.

So I'd guess it is the RAM.

Here's a bunch of reviews from NewEgg, and in it quite a few people mentioned that the RAM became unusable in a few months.

Try removing one of the two sticks (if your motherboard allows that) to see if it will work and try each one individually. Swap the two RAM sticks (I guess you tried this already) and reseat them and see if they will post.
Hi Mak,
I've reseated the memory sticks (2) and checked all plugs and cables, no boot.
I swapped the memory sticks, no boot. I left 1 stick in the second occupied DIMM slot. That's when it booted. I downloaded MemTest 86 v.4.0 per advice from another forum and ran that on a single stick in DIMM 0 slot. That stick passed 6 passes but then MemTest got hung up on the 7th pass. Replaced that stick with the other stick in DIMM 0. That one showed well over 2, 000, 000 + errors before I shut the PC down. Just for giggles, I retested that same stick in the same DIMM slot and it passed the first pass and into the second pass, MemTest got hung up again. That;'s weird, no? You'd think if it had 2 million plus errors the first time I tested it, it wouldn't have gotten into a second pass, right? From what I've seen in Tomshardware and Anandtech forums, smarter guys than me use MemTest. Being a newbie, the inconsistent reports makes me wonder how good this software is for troubleshooting.

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Originally Posted by frontier204 View Post
Another hobbyist with an Intel motherboard here


Don't forget there's a difference between TiB and TB. The drive manufacturers use TB because they can make the space look higher for marketing, while most OS use TiB but still call it "TB". Converting 3TB to TiB:
3x10^12 / (1024*1024*1024*1024) = 2.728
So the 2.7 "TB" (should be TiB) value is correct. There's also a minimal amount of space (at least relative to your hard drive space) taken up by the GPT and whatever backend stuff your filesystem has.

For the boot problem, I second MAK's suggestion - you could've ESD zapped or knocked loose a RAM stick while you were installing the hard drive. I say first try re-seating your RAM (remove the stick from your computer, then re-install it). If that doesn't work, you'll likely have to start stripping your computer to its bare minimum to boot which is CPU, motherboard, one RAM stick, and PSU. Don't forget to remove all USB devices and peripherals - my pesky Intel motherboard has boot problems when there's a USB hard drive attached for instance.
Thanks frontier204. I've taken out the other HDD, leaving only the boot SSD, PSU, mobo and 1 stick of RAM. Running MemTest on the stick which failed miserably on it's first pass, froze on the second and now is in it's second pass on the 3rd test.

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Originally Posted by Perineum View Post
My standard routine... run mem test and if errors reseat RAM. About a 1/4 of the time with bad RAM a reseat fixes it.

In your case it won't even boot up, so you need to reseat and / or try one stick at a time until you get POST then work from there.

Thanks Perineum. MemTest results are inconsistent. I downloaded MemTest 86 v.4.0 per advice from another forum and ran that on a single stick in DIMM 0 slot. That stick passed 6 passes but then MemTest got hung up on the 7th pass. Replaced that stick with the other stick in DIMM 0. That one showed well over 2, 000, 000 + errors before I shut the PC down. Just for giggles, I retested that same stick in the same DIMM slot and it passed the first pass and into the second pass, MemTest got hung up again. That;'s weird, no? You'd think if it had 2 million plus errors the first time I tested it, it wouldn't have gotten into a second pass, right? From what I've seen in Tomshardware and Anandtech forums, smarter guys than me use MemTest. Being a newbie, the inconsistent reports makes me wonder how good this software is for troubleshooting. I know that G.Skill is a reliable manufacturer with a lifetime warranty. I'm thinking of just sending back the memory and let them find if the memory really has errors or not.

Last edited by lowfat; December 29, 2012 at 04:47 PM. Reason: Merged all three posts. In the future consider using the + multiquote button.
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