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Windows 7: BSOD After Fresh Reformat. Possibly Hardware?

18 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
BSOD After Fresh Reformat. Possibly Hardware?


After many years of experiencing a BSOD, I decided to ask the forum so it'll be a lot faster and easier with the help of many experts. So let's get the story situated.

I have/had a Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.
CPU: Intel i5 2500K clocked at 4.0ghz (stock voltage)
Cooler: Corsair H50 Cooler
Graphics: Zotac GTX 560 TI OC AMP edition
RAM: Kingston HyperX 2x 4GB Ram 1600MHZ DDR3 1600
Hard Drive: Intel 320 160GB Solid State 1.8"
Motherboard: Biostar TP67B+
Power Supply: Antec Power Supply 400W High Current
Sound card: HT Omega Claro Plus

After running the computer for about a year, with all updated drivers and such, BSODs starts to occur. At first, I assume it was a virus (had avast before); so I decided to fully reformat the hard drive with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate again. I remember reading the BSOD screen, and sometimes they had different error codes. Strangely, sometimes my hard drive would not be detected until I had to restart many times until a successful detection for the SSD would occur.

So I reformatted, however; in the process of installing my first driver (Nvidia for GTX 560), I got a BSOD. Giving up hope, I decided to come here and report the problem. After that I just installed several drivers but not all.

Thought: I believe it's my hard drive that's failing, but I wouldn't mind a second opinion. I did transfer some of my old files after a fresh reformat; however, none of them were .exe files (except genuine drivers such as nvidia's)

Included are the dump and report. Thanks for the help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Try doing a power cycle of the SSD. The following steps should be carried out and take ~1 hour to complete.
  1. Power off the system.
  2. Remove all power supplies (ac adapter then battery for laptop, ac adapter for desktop)
  3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and drain all components of power.
  4. Reconnect all power supplies (battery then ac adapter for laptop, ac adapter for desktop)
  5. Turn on the system and enter the BIOS (see your manual for the steps to enter the BIOS)
  6. Let the computer remain in the BIOS for 20 minutes.
  7. Follow steps 1-3 and physically remove the SSD from the system by disconnecting the cables for a desktop or disconnecting the drive from the junction for a laptop.
  8. Leave the drive disconnected for 30 seconds to let all power drain from it.
  9. Replace the drive connection(s) and then do steps 4-8 again.
  10. Repeat steps 1-4.
  11. Start your computer normally and run Windows.

The above steps were a result of: Why did my SSD "disappear" from my system? - Crucial Community

While that may not be your drive, a power cycle should be the same on all SSD drives. See how the system responds after the SSD power cycle.
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