My system was working fine until I decided to resize my primary partition. To do this I had to reboot. During POST my BIOS hung right as it was detecting the different drives. I updated my BIOS to the most recent version hoping that would fix something but there was no change. I reset to fail-safe defaults and everything worked fine. I then narrowed the issue down to the IDE/AHCI mode of my SATA controller.
When I say that the BIOS hangs, I mean totally frozen. I have let it set for a couple hours and it accomplishes nothing. Another interesting thing is that when it freezes, I can't even get it to load Setup because it detects the drives prior to showing setup. What I have to do is unplug the offending HD and things will go smoothly.
My main concern is that I am seeing some the beginning signs of my HD failing. Is this the case? If not, what can I blame for the issue so that I can fix it and return to AHCI mode?
My configuration is as follows:
Gigabyte X58A-UD3 with latest BIOS (FF) Win 7x64 WD Black 500 Gig i7950 6Gig RAM