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Windows 7: Windows 7 RC1 x64 crashes during large file operations

30 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows 7 RC1 x64 crashes during large file operations

Hi all, thanks in advance for reading! I've been experiencing these issues since I began my foray into Windows 7 over a week ago. Before I describe the issues, here's my system's stats:

Asus P5N-D
2x2gb Corsair xms2 DDR2 800 @ stock
C2D E8400 @ stock
nvidia geforce 8800 gts
1 x WD Raptor 37gb sata
1 x WD Caviar 250gb sata
2 x Samsung Spinpoint F1 750gb sata

During large file operations (moving, copying/pasting etc) between HDD's of items (single files or groups of files and folders, and from the Caviar to either Samsung) exceeding several gb's worth, the system would hard lock - no mouse/keyboard, all visual progress halted, no visual HDD activity. If left alone, the system would very intermittently flash a black display and return to the frozen desktop display, eventually winking out to a total lack of display output altogether.

Upon soft reboot, the destination HDD has been dropped from BIOS, boot menu, etc. Boot hangs at midpoint during the splash.

Hard power-cycling yields the HDD reappearing and Windows starts without issues.

What I've done so far:
-Disconnected destination HDD and tried the other spinpoint, same result.
-Diag'd all HDD's with manufacturers' tools, all pass.
-Flashed BIOS to most recent update, no change.
-Swapped out the WD Raptor for a freshly unboxed WD 640gb Caviar Black. Clean installed Windows 7 x64 after format etc and did NOTHING (this means installed no drivers, no programs, nada) but attempt the file operations after first startup post-install. Same issues. (Sidenote - after power-cycling, Windows 7 booted without Aero and threw up 'access denied' sorts of errors when trying to access anything within the start menu, desktop context menus, etc. Will attempt a second fresh install after sleeping a while.)

I should also mention that these crashes do not generate entries in the event viewer system log - only 'unexpected shutdown' entries from me power-cycling the damn thing.

I know other users have had similar issues with HDD drops, and some have had luck bumping BIOS voltages a bit but I see no reason that should be necessary given what I've got under the hood.

A few final notes: I have considered the possibility of bunk SATA controller drivers, but for one I've read of others having similar issues, and updating said drivers to no avail, and for two I was running winXP x64 (100% updated) perfectly on the very same hardware mere hours prior. As for RAM instability, memtest86 on my xp x64 system ran flawless & system was prime95 stable for hours on end. I haven't attempted stress testing yet as I don't believe this is a hardware issue. Thoughts?

Sorry for the long post, but good explanations of details always help!

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30 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I forgot to mention the md5 hash checks out on the iso image from MSDN, I made sure of this after getting a bum image the first time around.
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