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Windows 7: On reboot, all files revert to previous versions

25 Feb 2014   #1
Garmy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
On reboot, all files revert to previous versions

Hi all,

There have been a couple threads on this topic on the forums but they have no solutions.

Whenever I reboot, all of my file changes are reverted. Files I deleted are back, files I added are gone, files I modified are reverted to their previous state, programs I installed are gone, programs I uninstalled are back, special reboot tools like checkdisk and mdsched don't take effect on reboot. File changes I make to my slave HDD are not reverted on reboot.

This just started happening the other day.

I ran MalwareBytes, which found some minor issues related to a toolbar, but of course rebooting brings it back. I ran "sfc /scannow." No errors found.

I used a Win7 recovery disk, which found no problems.


Here is my Disk Management screenshot: http://www.develteam.com/userdata/Ga...management.png


One interesting thing, however, that might be part of the issue. When I boot up and open chrome, it opens to my last visited pages, which are for a program called HD Tune, implying to me that the problem started after installing and running this program. All I did with it was a scan, which did find bad bits. Here's a screenshot of that: http://www.develteam.com/userdata/Ga..._hdtunepro.png

Not sure if HD Tune Pro did something to cause this, but I felt it was worth mentioning.


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25 Feb 2014   #2
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

It sounds almost like you are running this:
ToolWiz Time Freeze ToolWiz Software

I would look and see if it is on your system.

Barring that I would open the Services applet
(Winkey-r and type services.msc)
then scroll down to Shadow copy service.
Stop it if running, then set to disabled.

Make an obvious change to something and reboot.
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25 Feb 2014   #3
Garmy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thank you for your response. I checked my system for Time Freeze and Deep Freeze, neither of which are installed.

Checked my services for Shadow Copy Service, and it's not even listed.

EDIT: I found "Volume Shadow Copy." I assume this is what you meant? If so, it is not running and is set to 'Manual'
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26 Feb 2014   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Try setting it to Disabled and perform the test if you would.
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26 Feb 2014   #5
Garmy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have, and no luck. Also found "Microsoft Shadow Service" which was running, but disabling it didn't do anything either.

I did find out some stuff from sleuthing around all day yesterday.

The problem is not within Windows. I boot to a boot disk, renamed a file, rebooted from the same boot disk, and the file was reverted. I didn't enter my Win7 install at all during this process.

Chkdsk pops an error when it gets about half done with step 2, checking Indexes. It says "An unknown error has occurred."

So I ran HDD Regenerate to find and repair sectors, and it surely did find and repair most of them.. I run the software again, and it confirms that the bad sectors were repaired. However, when I reboot, and rerun the scan, the bad sectors it found previously were back!

So finally, tried running two virus scan tools, Avast and housecall.trendmicro.com. Avast crashes immediately after I open it, and Housecall crashes as soon as I hit Scan.

At this point, I'm not sure if the hard drive is just screwy, or if I have some advanced thinking virus.
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27 Feb 2014   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

What did you make the boot disk from?

It sure sounds like a very crafty virus. Almost like something infected the HD controller. How to test for that I wouldn't know. Perhaps someone may chime in if they've ever encountered something similar. But where you mentioned the browser insisting on going to HDTune I wonder if it's possible some low level action triggered accidentally some side effect. It sure sounds like the HD doesn't want to cooperate.

Edit:

If it were possible to clone the contents to another HD and boot from it may be the only way to tell outside of hiring a technician I'm thinking.
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27 Feb 2014   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Boot from win7 install dvd->repair computer->command prompt

Now create a small file on C disk. Boot again from same DVD and enter command prompt again. File you created is still there?
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27 Feb 2014   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I'm thinking this is an SSD thing. This page has a user with Linux but it sounds similar:
Time warp - SSD drive not saving after cold boot/restart - The Corsair User Forums
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27 Feb 2014   #9
Garmy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

When I look at my browser history or my administrator event logs, everything stops at the same time, which is about half an hour after I downloaded HD Tune. I ran the error scan right after downloading it, so it seems like the problem started immediately following the scan. Since it was four days ago that I did this, I don't remember if the computer crashed or shut down at all at that time.


The boot disk that I used was FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD. Kactussoft, I used the boot disk to boot into MiniXP as well as the Windows 7 install repair, and tried the process you requested already on both. The file changes I made were reverted when I booted back up with the boot disk into both environments.


I checked out the thread you linked, MilesAhead, and the problem is exactly the same I'm having. I tried looking for the thread that YellowBeard said to look at but I don't see anything about a sleep/hibernate issue.


The thing that baffles me is that the computer runs absolutely 100% fine otherwise. I'm booted into my Win7 install right now. My browser is working fine. I do indie game dev stuff, and my 3D Studio Max works flawlessly while I have Photoshop and Unity running, both also working flawlessly. I can edit my models, my code, images. I can save them, close them, reopen them, and the changes stay. If I copy my work to my slave drive (a 500GB non-SSD), and reboot, my saved changes remain on that drive. I can use my computer for hours with no problem, no errors, nothing. Everything is running perfectly. Just, when I reboot, my drive time warps.

Honestly, I can't even wrap my ahead around how this is even possible. If I edit a photo and scribble over it and save it, those pixels I drew over should be gone from existence. It reminds me of that movie Groundhog Day, where he breaks a pencil in half and wakes up to find it repaired. This issue destroys everything I understand about data! MY WHOLE WORLD IS ROCKED.
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27 Feb 2014   #10
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Garmy View Post
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If I edit a photo and scribble over it and save it, those pixels I drew over should be gone from existence.
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Do that while recording everything with Process Monitor.
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