Sunday, September 16, 2012

Windows 8 Hard Drive Problem

I have taken a break from my Windows 8 posts because I am having a problem with my Windows 8 environment.

I have a Dell Studio 540 that has worked for a couple years without any problems. To try out Windows 8 I purchased a new Seagate Barracuda 500 GB SATA drive, switched the SATA cable from my old drive to the new one and installed the Windows 8 x64 RTM from MSDN. Initially it worked ok but after about a week of off and on use I started getting corrupt files on the drive and it eventually got to the point where none of the restore tools in Windows 8 could fix the problem. At this point I ran the Seagate diagnostics on the drive but it didn’t find any problems.

I re-formatted the drive and re-installed Windows 8, and again after a couple days I got corrupt files. I also checked the event log this time and noticed NTFS errors in the log. As a final test I re-formatted the drive but installed Windows 7 this time. I have been running Win 7 on the drive for over a week now with no problems, so it appears to be an issue with Windows 8.

If anyone has seen any issues like this with Windows 8 please let me know. I’ll also post here if I find a resolution to the problem.

9 comments:

Emily Watson said...
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Robert Todd said...

hmm not exactly same but having real issues getting win 8 to boot on my system, reports both hard drives have errors and seemed to have corrupted a couple of files. all worked fine for first hour then went from bad to worse, now only works in safe mode. system ran windows 7 just fine before yesterdays attempted new install of windows 8. first issue I've had with any windows 8 installs and I've done a few :-)

Alexandar Zvezdev said...

What was the file system type? NTFS?

Alexandar Zvezdev said...

or the newest one?

Kenth said...

One of my sons built a new computer a couple of weeks ago. He bought most stuff ned but moved his 1Tb harddrive from his now 1 1/2 year old Dell. Within 3-5 restarts after installing windows 8, he started to get disk errors that got worse by the minute. I helped him to run first chkdsk with all its bells and whistles. Restarting and rerunning a couple of times (took over a day) only generated more errors. We ended up buying a new disk and now, several weeks after no problems. I rebuilt his old computer, put in an ssd disk as boot disk and installed windows 8. I then moved my 2 1Tb disks. Now 3 days after the move, a warning sign pops up every now and then telling me that one of the disks will fail at any moment so I should backup the data. I used a third party software called IOLO to check the disks and one had a lot of erros and warnings. I have now spent about 2 hours copying stuff over to an exxternal usb disk and when I checked the disks again, the disk with a bunch of erros were 100% ok and now my 3 day old ssd disk has warnings and errors ...

Using NTFS, SSD formatted on win 8 install, both other disks formmated a couple of years ago with windows 7 (NTFS)

Kenth

Dan Boris said...

I did a third re-format and re-install a couple weeks ago and the machine has been running fine since then without any errors. I have one theory as to what the problem might have been. I only just noticed that when I shut down Windows 8 the screen goes blank well before the computer actually turns off. I have my computer on a power strip so I think I might have been turning off the power at the power strip before the computer had actually shut down.

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