Since a few years this is one of my No. 1 rules for a stable system: Never ever use third-party storage drivers if you can avoid it (that means basically in every case but RAID configuration). It is just always causing problems. Almost all out-of-sudden BSODs which I had so far and which are not connected to a hardware problem were caused by storage drivers like Intels IASTOR. Each major OS update is a roulette game. Save yourself from all these headaches and just stick to Microsofts SATA and NVMe drivers. The performance loss is something you can see in the benchmarks. For practical use it is either negligible or just doesn't justify the amount of problems / instabilities they might cause.
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Beware of Asrock, at least when you have a Z370 board! Their latest UEFI updates for these boards which also include a newer Intel SATA rom completely kill the compatibility with hardware encrypted (SATA) drives. If you update for example a Z370 Pro4 to UEFI 3.30 and have ANY hardware encrypted (Bitlocker edrive) SATA drive connected, the board WILL NOT POST! It is enough to just have such a drive connected for the UEFI to fail. It is not related to the boot drive. You can't even access UEFI setup in that case. You will quickly see the Asrock logo followed by immediate black screen and it does not respond to any keystrokes anymore. Only workaround is to disconnect all Sata drives which have Bitlocker hardware encryption enabled. If I disable Bitlocker before updating the UEFI, it does post and boot without problem. If I enable Bitlocker again, black screen and no post. Tried it with different SSDs and Sata ports, does not change anything. I talked to Asrock support about this, and they told me that they were in fact able to reproduce this issue. They told me the only possibility for these boards after doing the UEFI update is to DISABLE Bitlocker edrive hardware encryption, otherwise the UEFI will not post and it is thus impossible to boot. See the original response from Asrock below. I was really surprised about such a statement. Initially I thought there might have been a misunderstanding, because I couldn't imagine they are really telling me something like "just don't use it anymore, it does not work", so I asked them again if they are serious about that. But they confirmed that statement and said they can't do anything about it. @Asrock support wrote: Hello, feedback from BIOS department: After checking and experimenting, we get below conclusion regarding hardwareencryption Bitlocker. If the system is under encrypted status, it cannot boot into Windows again when restart system. Only re-install OS or remove encrypted HDD and then able to boot properly. So, please decrypted hardware encryption before shut down or restart system. Then system is able to work normally. best regards, ASRock Support ASRock Europe B.V. Bijsterhuizen 1111 6546 AR Nijmegen The Netherlands www.asrock.com
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