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Windows 7: Intermittent BSOD 0xF4 at login

26 Aug 2016   #31
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

At least 1 drive seems to be having problems seeing its transfer rate being abnormally low.
I would suggest to remove this drive while troubleshooting.


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26 Aug 2016   #32
arkane78

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Which drive? The only one I can see have an unusually low transfer rate is HDD 1 (the 3rd benchmark screenshot). If so, I can't remove that drive. It houses the bulk of my data - removing it is not an option I can take, even whilst troubleshooting. I'll run another benchmark on it, it might be a one-off reading for it.

If the BSODs are caused by Hard Drives (be that SSD or HDD), what can I actually do to 'solve' it?
I cannot run without the 1st HDD though.

Could it be a bad driver?
Could it be a bad SATA cable?

I conceed that SSD 2 and HDD 2 have health warnings against them, but I'm not about to simply replace them and see if that fixes it.

EDIT: Have done new benchmark and it seems better than it was - more in-line with HDD 2.
I have also modified my registry to try and fix the 'reset to device \Device\RaidPort0 was issued' issue I have. I used this site: Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued. Event id: 129 storahci - General Hardware - Laptop - Dell Community - the last post on that page by Stratosgr. I didn't think it could do any harm and it might solve all my issues.

Although I will say, that since scanning the disks with CHKDSK /R, I haven't had another BSOD - but that doesn't necessarily mean I won't have one later and it hasn't solved all my issues which may all be related.


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27 Aug 2016   #33
arkane78

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

Have disconnected and reconnected all drives internally to check for loose connections.
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31 Aug 2016   #34
arkane78

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

It seems that running CHKDSK and checking connections has resolved the BSOD.
I say that, based on the last BSOD was on 24th August and the last time it hung on shutdown was 27th August.
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31 Aug 2016   #35
axe0

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Good to hear

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If the BSODs are caused by Hard Drives (be that SSD or HDD), what can I actually do to 'solve' it?
To answer this, it depends on if the problem is within the file system or the physical hard drive.
If it is the file system, a reinstallation of Windows will do the job as it resets certain things.
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31 Aug 2016   #36
arkane78

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64
 
 

I think it's probably physical damage, rather than file system or structural.
Due to various issues in my last 2 properties, power-cuts were a little too frequent so it's not surprising it might have caused some damage.

Whilst I'm not overly thrilled about any damage, the important thing is, the BSODs seem to have abated, the system shuts down cleanly and everything seems to work. Data loss due to BSODs was minimal, except for a BSOD on Saturday (27th), which managed to completely corrupt one of my VM systems. Unfortunately it never 'complained' about the issue until I had to reboot it - post-backups.

I've spent the last day rebuilding the OS from scratch. Actual data loss though was minimal and have multiple redundant backups for that as it's very important data.
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