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Windows 7: Files are Corrupting, Inhibiting Boot

28 Feb 2011   #1
mjiggidy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Files are Corrupting, Inhibiting Boot

My Specs
- Brand New Custom Build
- Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail (the problem)
- Debian 6 64-bit (runs perfectly)
- Intel Core i7 870 2.93GHz
- Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 Mobo
- Gskill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
- Palit / Nvidia GeForce GTX460SE
- 2 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue HDs
- Corsair 850w PSU

The Problem (Short)
Windows 7 installs and boots for the first time with no problem. During use it will intermittently (once or twice per hour?) pause for up to a minute (mouse still moves, but the rest of the screen is frozen) then resume as normal. It will reboot for the first couple of times with no problem. But after that, it will either not boot at all, or it will but bring me in to a "temporary profile" and tell me things like the Recycle Bin on drive C is corrupt.

Running Startup Repair doesn't fix anything, but the logs say it found a corrupt file system. I have uninstalled and reinstalled a few times and the scenario is always the same. Wat do?


More Details
I am running a dual-boot system between Debian 6 and Windows 7. I have two identical 1TB hard drives, and the idea was to put Debian on one and Windows 7 on the other. Debian installed and still runs with absolutely no problem.

Initially I unplugged the debian hard drive to install Windows 7 on the other before complicating things with a dual boot. Windows 7 behaved the way I described in The Problem. I wiped it, installed it again, and the same thing happened. I thought maybe it was a faulty hard drive, so I took it out, made a new partition on the same hard drive as Debian, and installed Windows again, since I knew that hard drive was performing properly.

Running Windows 7 on the same drive as Debian displayed the exact same behavior. First boot is fine, I even played some Portal at max settings and it ran very smoothly. Files became corrupt after a couple of boots, while Debian is still absolutely fine. So I don't think it's a faulty hard drive?

Please let me know how I can give you any more information you would like. This is a brand new system, I paid a lot for Windows, and it really has me depressed! Thanks!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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28 Feb 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjiggidy View Post
My Specs
- Brand New Custom Build
- Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail (the problem)
- Debian 6 64-bit (runs perfectly)
- Intel Core i7 870 2.93GHz
- Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 Mobo
- Gskill Ripjaws 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
- Palit / Nvidia GeForce GTX460SE
- 2 x 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue HDs
- Corsair 850w PSU

The Problem (Short)
Windows 7 installs and boots for the first time with no problem. During use it will intermittently (once or twice per hour?) pause for up to a minute (mouse still moves, but the rest of the screen is frozen) then resume as normal. It will reboot for the first couple of times with no problem. But after that, it will either not boot at all, or it will but bring me in to a "temporary profile" and tell me things like the Recycle Bin on drive C is corrupt.

Running Startup Repair doesn't fix anything, but the logs say it found a corrupt file system. I have uninstalled and reinstalled a few times and the scenario is always the same. Wat do?


More Details
I am running a dual-boot system between Debian 6 and Windows 7. I have two identical 1TB hard drives, and the idea was to put Debian on one and Windows 7 on the other. Debian installed and still runs with absolutely no problem.

Initially I unplugged the debian hard drive to install Windows 7 on the other before complicating things with a dual boot. Windows 7 behaved the way I described in The Problem. I wiped it, installed it again, and the same thing happened. I thought maybe it was a faulty hard drive, so I took it out, made a new partition on the same hard drive as Debian, and installed Windows again, since I knew that hard drive was performing properly.

Running Windows 7 on the same drive as Debian displayed the exact same behavior. First boot is fine, I even played some Portal at max settings and it ran very smoothly. Files became corrupt after a couple of boots, while Debian is still absolutely fine. So I don't think it's a faulty hard drive?

Please let me know how I can give you any more information you would like. This is a brand new system, I paid a lot for Windows, and it really has me depressed! Thanks!


Page file size and location?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2011   #3
mjiggidy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Page file size and location?
Forgive me, is that pagefile.sys? It's in the root of the drive (C:\pagefile.sys) and it's 8GB, matching my RAM.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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28 Feb 2011   #4
mjiggidy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry to bump my own thread, but I've been playing around and this might be useful:

I can mount my Windows 7 partition from within Linux and look at the files. Everything looks to me to be intact, at least from the few things I looked at. All my shortcuts are in my user's Desktop folder, and I opened them in a text editor and they look right. I can look at all the stuff in my Windows folder and System32, etc.

I don't know if that's significant or not--I've never really dealt with file corruption like this--but it seems like I shouldn't be able to do that stuff if it was really so bad that Windows won't even boot?
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