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Windows 7: IRST suddenly recovering with no windows 7 boot.

30 Aug 2012   #1
smiths22

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IRST suddenly recovering with no windows 7 boot.

Help regarding SSD please.

I bought a Corsair force 3 SSD 60GB last March and i'm using it as a cache with IRST on my Asus p8z68 v-pro /gen 3 mobo (bios updated), well something has happened 3 times since.

First I performed a clean windows 7 32 bits install, and installed the latest intel IRST drivers 10.8 (and now 11.2), then installed a game called SWTOR played for a few weeks everything was fine. then uninstalled the game (20gb size) and after a couple of times using the pc, suddenly voilá, i can't shut down windows 7, had to press the power button off, then on, then a screen appears telling me intel caching is rebuilding itself and finally 0 access to windows 7. Seems IMO like the raid 0 is not working anymore. Im so mad i've never had issues with my pc and my HDD drive so im suspecting 100% about the corsair ssd drive.

Im on the verge of replacing it by the samsung ssd 60GB.However what do you think? i know it is hard to tell but do you think my problem will be solved? i mean i had my suspicions about the corsairs ssd drives even before buying it cause some people complained about the sandforce firmware not being reliable however intel uses the same sandforce drive (modified a little), i know samsung uses itself. What do you think? Should i blame maybe diskeeper 2011?? or the IRST drives? the mobos bios? or the corsair SSD itself?

I have had this issue 3 times since last March all after doing a full clean windows 7 installations, sometimes i updgraded the mobo bios other the ssd firmware currently everything is updated even the ISRT drivers however this issue still happened today again for the third time.

Help please!

Corsair of course is saying their SSDs are not the one to blame.


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30 Aug 2012   #2
Kaktussoft

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Why do you think diskeeper could be the problem... don't use it for a while and test. SSD's shouldn't be defragged anyway!

Upgrade the IRST driver to "Standard AHCI1.0 Serial ATA Controller", reboot and test.

Are files still on SSD after the problem appears?
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30 Aug 2012   #3
smiths22

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Why do you think diskeeper could be the problem... don't use it for a while and test. SSD's shouldn't be defragged anyway!

Upgrade the IRST driver to "Standard AHCI1.0 Serial ATA Controller", reboot and test.

Are files still on SSD after the problem appears?
Well cause im using the intel ISRT and the ssd as a cache for my main 1tb hdd which needs defrag. I dont know how diskeeper 2011 manages that.

In order to use the ssd as cache, raid 0 must be used.

I dont know if files are still on ssd, what i did a few minutes ago was not using the ssd as cache and then i could enter to windows, then i accelerated the hdd again and now it is working as always however i want to know what it is failing. I dont want to loose data on the near future.
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30 Aug 2012   #4
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smiths22 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Why do you think diskeeper could be the problem... don't use it for a while and test. SSD's shouldn't be defragged anyway!

Upgrade the IRST driver to "Standard AHCI1.0 Serial ATA Controller", reboot and test.

Are files still on SSD after the problem appears?
Well cause im using the intel ISRT and the ssd as a cache for my main 1tb hdd which needs defrag. I dont know how diskeeper 2011 manages that.

In order to use the ssd as cache, raid 0 must be used.

I dont know if files are still on ssd, what i did a few minutes ago was not using the ssd as cache and then i could enter to windows, then i accelerated the hdd again and now it is working as always however i want to know what it is failing. I dont want to loose data on the near future.
raid 0 is striping!! If you place hdd and ssd in stripeset they should both be working without errors! Otherwise stripeset is corrupt. Hardware raid 0 I assume (?)

Post screenshot of disk management please.

How do you use it as cache... don't understand
RAID Level 0
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30 Aug 2012   #5
smiths22

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smiths22 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Why do you think diskeeper could be the problem... don't use it for a while and test. SSD's shouldn't be defragged anyway!

Upgrade the IRST driver to "Standard AHCI1.0 Serial ATA Controller", reboot and test.

Are files still on SSD after the problem appears?
Well cause im using the intel ISRT and the ssd as a cache for my main 1tb hdd which needs defrag. I dont know how diskeeper 2011 manages that.

In order to use the ssd as cache, raid 0 must be used.

I dont know if files are still on ssd, what i did a few minutes ago was not using the ssd as cache and then i could enter to windows, then i accelerated the hdd again and now it is working as always however i want to know what it is failing. I dont want to loose data on the near future.
raid 0 is striping!! If you place hdd and ssd in stripeset they should both be working without errors! Otherwise stripeset is corrupt. Hardware raid 0 I assume (?)

Post screenshot of disk management please.

How do you use it as cache... don't understand
RAID Level 0
Intel® Smart Response Technology

SSD Speed with HDD Capacity
Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available capacity) as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness the combination of SSD-like performance and response with hard drive capacity, that's 4X faster than a HDD-only system.

* Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family




I think there is a corruption on the ssd side when i delete big files....think im gonna start for changing the ssd.

Thinks the SSD Corsaire Force 3 series are unreliable.
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30 Aug 2012   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smiths22 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smiths22 View Post

Well cause im using the intel ISRT and the ssd as a cache for my main 1tb hdd which needs defrag. I dont know how diskeeper 2011 manages that.

In order to use the ssd as cache, raid 0 must be used.

I dont know if files are still on ssd, what i did a few minutes ago was not using the ssd as cache and then i could enter to windows, then i accelerated the hdd again and now it is working as always however i want to know what it is failing. I dont want to loose data on the near future.
raid 0 is striping!! If you place hdd and ssd in stripeset they should both be working without errors! Otherwise stripeset is corrupt. Hardware raid 0 I assume (?)

Post screenshot of disk management please.

How do you use it as cache... don't understand
RAID Level 0
Intel® Smart Response Technology

SSD Speed with HDD Capacity
Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available capacity) as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness the combination of SSD-like performance and response with hard drive capacity, that's 4X faster than a HDD-only system.

* Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family




I think there is a corruption on the ssd side when i delete big files....think im gonna start for changing the ssd.

Thinks the SSD Corsaire Force 3 series are unreliable.
It's NOT raid-0
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30 Aug 2012   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Great technology How to Set Up Intel Smart Response SSD Caching Technology | PCWorld
But i don't understand why they call it RAID-0!
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30 Aug 2012   #8
smiths22

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smiths22 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post

raid 0 is striping!! If you place hdd and ssd in stripeset they should both be working without errors! Otherwise stripeset is corrupt. Hardware raid 0 I assume (?)

Post screenshot of disk management please.

How do you use it as cache... don't understand
RAID Level 0
Intel® Smart Response Technology

SSD Speed with HDD Capacity
Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available capacity) as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness the combination of SSD-like performance and response with hard drive capacity, that's 4X faster than a HDD-only system.

* Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family




I think there is a corruption on the ssd side when i delete big files....think im gonna start for changing the ssd.

Thinks the SSD Corsaire Force 3 series are unreliable.
It's NOT raid-0
they call it that way:



But my problem still remains.
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