Sounds like a hardware or firmware issue
or more likely as others have said a system drive issue. have you looked in windows error log for critical ,non critical errors and warnings ?
that's the next step and can tell a lot. have you tried clean booting?
I don't know of any ssd diag software out in the wild (there may be some though) or maybe OCZ has something for you?
To tell you the truth first I would run a check disk fix only then look at wininit in windows event viewer application log file . ( SEE BELOW) for chkdsk results if it shows file repairs or bad sectors etc or says it repaired anything
errors were present. one of maybe 3 or more things file corruption in which case chkdsk /f /r might fix it (quite possibly) unless fix only said it fixed it ) or maybe mfr SSD diag software or clean install from fresh windows mediaif errors persist ,are still present or reoccour
. no matter what I would run a chkdsk fix and repair (long test and look at wininit in event viewer as above again (see below)
Note Startup repair does not make entries into administrative events or wininit application log file
in event viewer .
For diagnostic purposes a chkdsk test within windows or in safe mode
is more helpful as they both report check disk results to wininit application log file.
, Failing SSD or controller = update or re install firmware or (replace drive), sata errors = update/re install drivers or get new PCIe sata card or replace motherboard ). Nvidia sata controllers sometimes get flaky .Looks like either your system image and or boot drive/OS partitions *may be corrupted or you have a persistent hardware problem . also drivers can become corrupted.
OR maybe rootkit/boot drive virus or malware. = Microsoft antimalware, antivirus boot drive scan or malwarebytes or worse nuclear options = (combo fix) or clean install . Sometimes a clean install can fix a lot of thingsFirst thing to do run chkdsk to establish a baseline ,report any disk or file errors
and maybe narrow things down a bit.or fix things Here is how
, try within windows first
first run the quick one (fix only) then copy and paste results here then run the long one ,copy and paste result here ,then look at event viewer and post pertinent error messages here as outlined below. Do not
defrag ssd .If you can run chkdsk within widows that is easy
computer > right click drive you want to check >
properties > tools > check drive for errors >
scheduale chksk > OK then close\all apps and re start system
check disk will start after post and not load windows until competedfirst option
is actually same as chkdsk_/f only
quick check (fix only ) same that windows start up repair does'
should only take about 15 maybe 20 min and will leave entries in event log. It is normal for chkdsk progress to hang for quite a while and re start in one or more spots this is normal nothing to worry about. it will load windows when it is done and remap or repair any corrupted files it fixes and report that and bad sectors to wininit application log file .second option
(fix and repair) more thourogh takes a few hours long time if you have a big more than 1TB drive not too long on small drive.but still hours. figure 5 hours on a 750gb metal drive for example.
second option is same as chkdsk_/f_/r and attempts to repair bad sectors and recover lost data . It it is the same as above to run within widows just check the second fix and repair option instead.
when you run this and either watch it or go do something else for a while (preferred ) . if running chldsk from within windows it will load normally when chkdsk is done.
Both options or any program *can not fix physical defects or electrical problems on metal or SSD drives* they repair bad files and relocate them and attempt to recover lost data and re map bad areas for non use by windows . Smart drive utilities built into hard drives SSD and metal normally does this in the background and windows never sees this until the smart drive partition reaches a full ( it may fail point )determined by the drive mfr.that's when bad things can start to happen.
All drives have naturally occurring errors even brand new but too many and the smart drive blocks get full spills over into windows and you can get real errors . if you start seeing Disk errors in event viewer administrative event files or chkdsk reported errors in application wininit log files
your disk drive SSD or metal may be in danger of imminent failure more specifically :
To run ckdsk from safe mode at dos prompt :
"Just like regular hard drives, the drive controller keeps track of these bad blocks and re-maps them to 'extra' blocks that were saved for this purpose. Whenever the computer requests data from a bad block, the controller intercepts it and gives it the correct data from the re-mapped block.
Eventually you'll run out of extra blocks and will start getting real errors, at which time you'll need to replace the drive - SMART will keep you on top of this so you can take care of it before you start losing data." http://serverfault.com/questions/10326/do-ssds-support-smart
enter safe mode > Advanced options > c promt (you nat change to what ever drive letter is system drive)
at this time.
at prompt enter "chkdsk_/f_/r/" then press enter. You can also use chkdsk_/f (fix only quick check )
there are other switches but they should only be used by expert users .
when runing fix and repair you can sit and watch it for a few hours or go do something else.(preferred)
When it is done windows will offer to start normally or safe mode or start up repair choose start windows normally/To check windows event viewer for errors
control panel >event viewer OR type "event viewer " into search .
You can look at summary of administrative events look for critical errors Disk errors (not good) kernel events
application errors ,controller errors or hardware related issues
copy and paste those here and or or search on line
Having done that 'go to LOG summary window
scroll to to wininnit select that > and read chkdsk close pop up and look for
bad files processesed, files repaired ,syst vol corruption repaired, bad Kb in sectors
Copy and paste here .Copy and paste instructions within windows event viewer good for copy and paste rto forums
copy and paste does not work normally in event viewer ,
Just click detail button > Xml view button them copy and paste into notepad then copy and paste that here.
or anywhere you want someone to see it
You can do that with other error messages and also search on line .
Windows administrative event error log file (win event viewer) should show disk errors,hdd /ssd controller errors ,sata/raid controller errors kernel events (bad shutdowns and other errors ) and lots of other stuff. .Error messages normally happen ALL the time in windows most are innocuous and require no action.
kinda like listening to your mother in law prattle.OTOH critical ,system, controller errors ,disk errors (not good usually) or most other HDWE related errors , *some kernel events or incessantly repeating or possibly symptom related
errors however will usually require action.
ofc DO NOT attempt to run defrag on solid state drive they don't take to kindly to that no need anyway. only
on metal drives.
OTOH chkdsk /f /r *may find and fix some corrupted files and it also can make log entries in event log for us to see , Startup repair basically runs chkdsk and re installs
OS *system files it does not re install windows however but rather takes the place of a repair install on older windows in that respect it is quite handy, AFAIK
it does not retain a permanent log or enter results in event logs. I'm assuming windows OS is on your solid state drive otherwise what would be the point in having one?
HTPC should work fine with metal drive's mine does, you can only scroll or click a mouse in your media browser so fast if you think about it
and if you have storage on metal you gain little IMO if anything other than fast boot up. Ram is your friend here .
SSD are useful for gamers maybe for cad/ cam heavy encoding or something other than HTPC no point IMO unless you want compact dimensions ? they * can be fickle *sometimes IMO. How many solid state metal drive HDD controllers fail ? plenty So you know SSD drive controllers can fail as well .
System info would be helpful such as vendor if ready made , OS version any installed service packs . CPU, ram, video, sound motherboard and bios ver.. are chipset drivers up to date?Any system diag software ? Any question marks or unknown devices in device manager ? have you run an antivirus and malware scans (malwarebytes? )
do you use for "other than" HTPC functions?
If and how long did system work correctly B4 Errors any recently installed software? Bleeping computer forums
has a few geniuses around . Toms hardware forums
isn't bad either.their forum search works well chances are you may find same /similar problems on that forum sometimes with satisfactory resolutions Win 7 help forums are very good in that respect also .
ofc there are some here that certainly may have considerable knowledge in these matters also if they see your question and feel they may be of help. In fact I think some considerably more knowledgeable than I are already here.
You do not need to buy win 7 media again you can download .iso file free as well as burning/converter tool to allow for installation to say perhaps an ~8 Gb bootable USB thumb drive (recomemded ) or burn to DVD for a clean re install you will need your product key to activate it on line with MS this need not be done right away you have a few weeks to do that. if your computer is ready made P- key will be on a sticker on the side of case it is a ~25 digit number there is away to find it from within windows within safe mode In think ?. I just can't remember . Windows user licence is tied to your motherboard. but often a call to ms can help you there if replacing a faulty motherboard.
ofc if you have virgin win DVD (OEM media or retail box ) that will work also
Possible sources of file corruption:
Unclean shutdown (common)
Malicious or benign software that misbehaves.
Randomly flipped bits from non-ECC protected poor memory.
To the other members, If I have posted any errors or left out some omissions then my all means jump in input is most welcome .
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