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Windows 7: SSD Problem - Keep losing storage space & failing.

29 Apr 2014   #1
Rhark

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
SSD Problem - Keep losing storage space & failing.

So recently my SSD for my OS has been failing. I mean, it's always had problems on boot where it would sometimes say that theres a disk read error but I just left it as it is.

Now I'm having a serious problem: The C: drive now states that there is hardly any space (can range from 0kb to 20gb). I accessed my Virtual Memory options to see if it was my pagefile.sys that was taking up the space but it says it is not even enabled and that there is no pagefile.sys on my C: drive.

This is strange because I have a 21gb file that I can locate in my Windows folder. What is also strange is the fact that in the Virtual Memory options it states that there is 23gb free in my C: drive yet on "Computer" it states that the C: drive (currently) has 2gb free, but as I said above this changes all the time without me downloading or putting anything onto that drive.

About an hour ago the C: drive went to 0kb and I only noticed because my system told me that I had low space, I tried to chat on Skype to someone and Skype gave me a message saying that it could not work because of an I/O error or something.

I am absolutely baffled at what is happening, I would really appreciate any/all help that can be given.

My assumption is that the SSD isn't installed into my computer properly or something like that, but I am not entirely sure as I'm not the best with regards to hardware knowledge.

Thanks for reading, hope you can help!


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29 Apr 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Have you reseated both ends of both cables attached to the SSD?

Have you attached the SSD to any other port on the motherboard to see if the problem persists?

Do you have another cable you can use for the motherboard connection in case the current one is defective?

Have you attempted to run the SSD manufacturer's (Sandisk's) tools on the drive?

Do you show any yellow exclamation points in Windows Device Manager?

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management is always helpful.

Have you waded through this:

http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/de...-by-the-system
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29 Apr 2014   #3
Rhark

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

1. I have not even attempted to do anything with the hardware side of the SSD as I am not 100% on what I am doing (I did not build my PC - someone else does it for me).

2. Same here.

3. I may have another cable at home but I'm living at University at the moment and will not be able to check, or retrieve it for at least a month.

4. I wasn't aware there was an SSD toolkit - I have just downloaded it.

5. There are no yellow exclamation points.

6. http://i.imgur.com/lPZJMcC.jpg - Disk Management screenshot
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29 Apr 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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There's a few oddball things in that picture, but I'm not sure they are directly connected to your current problem.

So, run the Sandisk tools from the toolbox and report any problems it finds.

The odd things in that screenshot are:

1: Dynamic disk 0. Dynamic disks are generally to be avoided at all costs and I'm not sure why the builder did this.

2: Two partitions with the same drive letter (F), both labeled as page file

3: A partition called "nothing", apparently containing almost nothing. What is its purpose?

4: Your boot drive (the SSD) shown as disk 1, when disk 0 is the standard.

Again, not sure any of those 4 things relate to your current issue.

To the best of your knowledge, do you have a page file and on what partition is it found?
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29 Apr 2014   #5
Rhark

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

1. I have no idea what it even means.

2. I have no idea why there are two partitions with the same letter (nor what page file even means)

3. I literally just renamed it earlier and I don't know what it's for, it was put there when I installed the OS onto my SSD. It has nothing inside of it (that is visible anyway).

4. I haven't a clue what you mean (or what that means).

I have a pagefile on my C: drive (SSD). It showed up on TreeSize as ~21GB. - About two weeks ago it was only around 13GB (if I recall correctly).
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29 Apr 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Your first mistake was installing Windows on the SSD while the other drive was still connected. That's why you have the "nothing" partition.

Continue with the toolbox and run any scans or reports it can provide.

Tell us the results.

How long ago did you install Windows to the SSD and would it ruin your day to start over with a clean install if you had to?

I'd guess your PC will not boot if you disconnect the other drive, leaving just the SSD connected.
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29 Apr 2014   #7
Rhark

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This is what I downloaded: http://i.imgur.com/iOlrpIz.png - http://i.imgur.com/Nh8ReHE.jpg

Not entirely sure if that's the correct tool.

It would ruin my day as I have a lot of programs for my University course on here, but if it's the best option then I guess it'll have to be done.

I installed Windows to the SSD more or less 10 months ago.

Also, I'm sure the other HDD was disconnected whilst the OS was being installed, it was last time the OS was installed on the SSD, because I had to reinstall Windows at some point a few months ago.
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29 Apr 2014   #8
ignatzatsonic

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If you downloaded that tool from Sandisk, it looks like the right thing to me.

Post a screenshot of what is shown on the "SMART attributes" tab and run any tests or analysis that is available.

In a post above you say about the "nothing" partition: "it was put there when I installed the OS onto my SSD."

If that is true, then it was obviously connected at the time. If a drive is disconnected, nothing can be put on it. That's why that is the recommended method.

It being put there at the time would explain why you have a "dynamic" disk also. The "nothing" partition was the 4th partition on that drive and Windows doesn't like to install more than 3 partitions on a non-dynamic disk. So it forced that drive into "dynamic" status.

I think you can probably undo some of these issues by disconnecting the non-SSD and running a repair install, BUT DON'T do that now.

Show us what that toolbox says. If you have an SSD problem, there is no point in trying to re-install to it.
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29 Apr 2014   #9
Rhark

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

http://i.imgur.com/tayYd77.jpg - Here is the pagefile as shown in TreeSize - it is rather large, but as I said the Virtual Memory options say that it isn't even enabled. (imgur: the simple image sharer)
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29 Apr 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

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Repeat: continue with the toolbox. Don't get sidetracked.
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