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Windows 7: BSOD regularly haven't noticed pattern

16 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
BSOD regularly haven't noticed pattern

Hi all,

I've been having BSOD's quite regularly (about once an hour) in the last few months. I have no idea what might be causing it, though I see in the minidumps it has something to do with the driver ntfs.sys, and thus be linked to my hard drives. I wouldn't know which one though, I have 2 hard drives (one very old) and an ssd on which the OS is running. Hope some of you can help me out.

Thanks upfront!

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17 Dec 2012   #2

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