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Windows 7: Should I change my SSD?

06 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
Should I change my SSD?

This is my first post. Before I begin:
1. I have searched and searched multiple places for an answer.
2. I haven't posted system info yet, but you are welcome to as much/little as you wish.
3. Thanks for your patience!

My OS is on a 64GB Kingson SSD, in a PC which I put together myself (Asus MB, AMD CPU and Radeon GPU with 5GB RAM). I have installed a genuine Windows 7 32bit OS and the system has run perfectly for a couple of months.

Unexpededly the system ran CHKDSK on startup (after no changes/installations or updates) and HUGE amounts of text streamed up the screen too fast to read. Orphaned files everywhere. This lasted 2-3 mins.

After CHKDSK finished windows wouldn't boot. It ran system repair but that failed to help.

I ran a CMD prompt from the installation DVD and ran System file check, but that failed to run.

Advanced options: system restore, last known boot etc wouldn't work. System restore wouldn't even start.

I asssumed that my file system had been badly corrupted so reinstalled. All my files were on a different HD.

The system ran fine for 2 months then the same thing happened again.

Again I reinstalled.

2 months later, same thing. Spontaneous CHKDSK of death.

I reinstalled 64bit Win7 this time. Another weekend gone updating...

Tried already:
HD check says the drive is fine.
The Memory test thing says the memory is fine.
I got a new GPU anyway as I needed one.
The PSU is new and 450W.

I'm getting tired of doing reinstalls.

Kingston FAQ/support says if HDchecks ok then unlikely the drive.

As I said, any further info on request gladly supplied.

I have no minidump by the way, but I did find a 200+MB 'MEMORY.DMP' file in 'Windows.old' folder.

Thanks in advance.

Mike Horsfield.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

The one thing I can think of is the drive cable itself.
Make sure it's one rated for sata II or III depending on which the drive is.
I'm assuming you've already checked to ensure there are no firmware updates for that drive model.
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06 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home 64 bit


Yes. I've ensured all the drivers & firmware throughout are up to date, including those for the SSD.

I'm pretty sure the cable is the one which came in the box with the SSD.
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06 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'd replace the cable just to be sure.
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06 Dec 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I had the exact same problem with one of the early OCZ Vertex a few years ago. I sent it back to Newegg and the replacement Vertex works fine until today. I never knew what the cause of the problem was.
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06 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I had the exact same problem with one of the early OCZ Vertex a few years ago. I sent it back to Newegg and the replacement Vertex works fine until today. I never knew what the cause of the problem was.
Very similar issue in the past.
My Vertex (the Vertex 1) had a few ChkDisk issues just as the OP described.
Had 1, then a week later again. I was assured the drive was fine.

Few days later everything crashed, and the drive no longer posted.
RMAd, and the new was fine. In fact, its still working today in another PC.

I do not want to cause a panic, but .. it very well may be a sign of something bad to come. Especially since multiple re-installs are not helping.

But I do agree, check the cable. Sometimes, it is the smallest things. had a issue with a Intel drive a while back that was all because of a SATA cable, nothing more.
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