Originally Posted by Dark_Slayer
I don't know where this thread is going, but if anyone could shed more light on the UEFI setups I'd be thrilled
I don't reboot very often, maybe 1-2 / month
I have all the same hardware as I did with W7, but my boot times are slower in W8 Pro
Asrock z77 Pro4-m
Asrock makes an instant boot utility, but I'd call it a farce. All it does is reboots after every shutdown then enters S3, so if you didn't know that you'd think your cold booting when you resume from S3. It would seem really fast, but it's not showing you what happens between power off and power on. If you lost power and had to cold-boot you'd see the real boot time is much longer
Unfortunately all my searching for "W8 supported UEFI" along with Asrock or w/o leads nowhere. I'm not sure which manufacturer UEFIs W8 talks nicely to ? ? ?
They should remove the Universal part of the name though, because they don't appear universal to me
Okay, I found out what was going on with my setup. Old bios
After upgrading to the latest, I now have the following Boot options (Normal, Fast, Ultra-Fast)
Fast and Ultra Fast will only look for GPT boot disks
My W8 installation asked if I'd like to use GPT formatting, but it returned an error so I went ahead with the legacy mbr
The reason it returned an error, is because I booted from a legacy "mode." In your bios, when installing W8, you have to select a UEFI device (CD or USB) instead of the legacy CD-ROM or USB devices. This is why they show up twice (UEFI: USB-SanDisk-bla bla) and (USB: USB-SanDisk-bla bla) unless you have "Legacy boot options" disabled. I've heard legacy bios options should stay enabled, but if you want to install W8 to GPT you need to select the UEFI options. This is silly to me, since it's the same USB stick and it's formatted the same way but it won't install W8 to gpt partitions unless you booted the installer from a "UEFI" bios boot option.
The way I use the server, I do want to achieve "Ultra Fast" boot times (since they are right in front of me
) so I'll likely be re-installing W8. I was going to swap SSDs and CPU coolers anyway, so I'll just re-install rather than clone my existing installation. I don't believe cloning the installation to a GPT formatted SSD would work, and there are conversion steps out there that use GPartMagic but they look a little too messy for my taste