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Looping restart after start screen and SSD/HDD consistency checks
Can someone please help with this problem that I'm having, which now seems to have become worse.
My machine specs are:
MSI P67A-GD65 (b2)
64GB Kingston SSD
Windows 7 Home Premium
The original problem is that occasionally during boot up (about once a month) Windows would ask me to run a consistency check on the hard drives, and about half of those checks would then go on to fix a boatload of errors (varies from a few lines to many pages long). But it still worked most of the time, so I just lived with that.
However, just this week it seems to have developed a new problem in that it restarts just after the Windows start-up screen (the one with the coloured sparks that combine to form the Windows logo), and just loops doing this. It then tries to run some kind of "failed start-up" tool, but that never manages to fix anything.
The aforementioned ďfailed start-upĒ tool (sorry I forget the name) gives me the option to do a System Restore, but that has no effect either. The tool also gives me the option to launch the command prompt, so I've had a look at DISKPART, and it looks like drive C (the Kingston SSD) is now a partition of just 100MB, although it was my 64GB SSD and contains Windows. All of the OS that used to live on drive C has been suddenly moved to drive E. I've then tried to use DISKPART to shunt the fake drive C out of the way to drive M, and then reassign the drive E (the one that contains Windows) back to drive C, but that doesn't seem to work, and it just resets itself to incorrect C and E again.
My PC did a similar thing about six months ago and reassigning the drive letters using DISKPART seemed to fix the boot problem, but unfortunately not this time. And a couple of months before that it had another boot issue (can't quite remember what), so I had to reinstall windows from my OEM Windows 7 disks.
So can someone please give me some pointers as to what to do next? Itís a 1.5 year-old machine, but does it sound like some of the hardware has developed a fault?
The PC has been rather problematic from the start, with the shop battling stability problems with the new Sandybridge firmware when it was being built (I was an early adopter, unfortunately, and so still have an original B2 stepping motherboard). The shopís overclock failed too, stopping the PC booting up, so Iíve always run at stock processor speeds.
Iím considering changing the mobo to an identical MSI P67a-GD65, but this time with B3 stepping, and replacing the SSD and HDD, but re-using the processor and RAM, etc, as I have heard that I may be able to re-use my current Windows 7 OEM disks if I stick with a similar set-up?
Sorry for the long burble, any help would be much appreciated, thanks!
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