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Windows 7: Disk boot failure after BSODs

06 Sep 2010   #21

Windows 7 x64

I tried to do a scan for error again, but this time with the Windows 7 chkdsk on my other computer. I got this message:

"CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system."

Here's the log:
Chkdsk was executed in read/write mode.  

Checking file system on G:

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
  252928 file records processed.                                          File verification completed.
  665 large file records processed.                                      0 bad file records processed.                                        2 EA records processed.                                              44 reparse records processed.                                       CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
  312140 index entries processed.                                         Index verification completed.

CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
  252928 file SDs/SIDs processed.                                         Cleaning up 242 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 242 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 242 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
  29607 data files processed.                                            CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
  36329000 USN bytes processed.                                             Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitmap.
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

 488282111 KB total disk space.
 418767000 KB in 220194 files.
    110624 KB in 29608 indexes.
    369931 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
  69034556 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
 122070527 total allocation units on disk.
  17258639 allocation units available on disk.

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06 Sep 2010   #22

Windows 7 x64

I tried the MBR method today, and it's stuck at the "select disk 0" part. When I input it, I get:

"The disk you specified is not valid.

There is no disk selected."

The "List Disk" command gets:

"There are no fixed disks to show."

I also ran a Memtest on each stick one at a time, and there were no errors.

I'm bummed at this mystery, but thanks for all the help so far, especially TVeblen.
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07 Sep 2010   #23

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

The good news is that, thanks to the very thorough diagnostic work you've done so far, the problem resides in the hard disk drive and not in the other components in the computer (the problem follows the drive).

The bad news is that the hard drive is probably dying.

Based upon the very tiny amount of knowledge I have on how a hard drive is built - mostly from taking one apart before throwing it out - There are two main parts: the spinning platters & heads, and a small control board (circuit board). I'm guessing that something on the controller board has burnt out. That might explain why the HDD can't be recognized but can still transmit data.

It would be a good idea to backup any important data from that drive as quickly as possible. No one can tell how long it will be before it might blink out for good.
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08 Sep 2010   #24

Windows 7 x64

I finished backing up all the files I needed today. I also used Recuva on my BSOD hard drive because I had a thought that perhaps I set CCleaner to clean the minidumps before. It looks like I did since I have now recovered one dmp file and one MEMORY.dmp file in healthy condition.

But looking at the date and that there is only one dmp, it seems that only a minidump was produced after the nvlddmkm.sys BSOD and not for BSOD that occurred in safe mode.

I'll attach the dmp file here, but the MEMORY.dmp is 400MB. Would it be necessary to upload it elsewhere to view too?

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08 Sep 2010   #25

Windows 7 Professional x64

The dump is blaming your graphics card, very specifically.

Now, you may try a virus test. I recommend Malwarebytes.

I recommend backing up all the data on that hard drive, and then performing a clean all on it. See here: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

Then try reinstalling Windows.

...Summary of the Dump:

Built by: 7600.16617.amd64fre.win7_gdr.100618-1621
Debug session time: Tue Aug 24 05:19:45.258 2010 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 9:54:40.396
BugCheck 116, {fffffa8006a254e0, fffff880101c5f9c, 0, 2}
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for nvlddmkm.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for nvlddmkm.sys
Probably caused by : nvlddmkm.sys ( nvlddmkm+112f9c )
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08 Sep 2010   #26
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Good work Jonathan, always nice to watch you work

A Guy
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09 Sep 2010   #27


well give me 10years and i might get as good also

oooops make that 20 years by then the children will be out of the house,,,,, i hope
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