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Old 29. Aug 2013, 04:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Be careful when Windows 8 thinks that you have a disk error

This might be of use to some who might come across the issue that I had the other day.

I had just created a restore point prior to carrying out a complete partition backup of my system.

Thank god that I did because a little later on in the day I noticed the Microsoft Action Center system tray icon telling me that an error had been detected with my hard drive and I needed to reboot in order for tests and corrections to be run.

After waiting an age for the diagnostics to run, Windows refused to boot at all, so I duly entered the recovery mode that allows a system restore.

I was informed that there were no system restore points available.

After booting from a Hirens CD and inspecting the contents of my drive, there was indeed a restore point available.

I ran a variety of tests on my SSD, including one from the manufacturer, which yielded no issues whatsoever.

I restored my image backup (Paragon B&R Free), which went perfectly.

The system booted and everything runs perfectly, except that the Action Centre still thinks that I have a problem and wants to reboot so that it can screw up my machine yet again.

I have turned off notifications for disk errors in the future and based upon my experience, would recommend others do so as well and use a third party utility to check your disk if required.
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Old 29. Aug 2013, 08:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This incident cannot be generalized for all systems. It can be a local issue with your system only.

Since Windows is indicating something, there might be a problem. Would be better to run check disk on the drive.
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Old 29. Aug 2013, 10:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I restored my image backup (Paragon B&R Free), which went perfectly.

The system booted and everything runs perfectly, except that the Action Centre still thinks that I have a problem and wants to reboot so that it can screw up my machine yet again.
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If you restored the image then that should have cleared the error condition from the Action Center. So what is the exact message that the Action Center is reporting?
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I have seen several occasions in the past where MS have said there is a fault on my disk and I need to let it check it. Every time it has completely corrupted the disk and I have had to restore from last nights back up. Further investigation shows NO Errors, viruses, Trojans whatever.
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I have seen several occasions in the past where MS have said there is a fault on my disk and I need to let it check it. Every time it has completely corrupted the disk and I have had to restore from last nights back up. Further investigation shows NO Errors, viruses, Trojans whatever.
This is a support forum yet all you are doing is complaining with a vague description of what happened. I'd like to know why you get these problems again and again.

For your warning to be useful you should be a lot more specific: system description and configuration, literal error messages, etc.

Disk data is corrupted for many reasons. It would be an extremely unusual problem for it to be a Windows fault when there are several more probable sources of such problems. I have seen thousands of disk problems blamed on Windows. Only two were Windows faults and they tend to be documented elsewhere given the number of Windows users.
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Firstly, I did say "in the past". The cause could not be ascertained because the system was wiped out.
Secondly, I am warning people not complaining.
Thirdly, it has happened on different machines.


Oh, by the way I was a Microsoft MVP at the time and have been using computers since 1967 so I would hope I do know a little about causes and effects.
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