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Default Windows 7 Killing Hard Drives? - 05-23-2009, 03:52 PM

I have seen several posts about very unpleasant results lately with Windows 7. Please Vote.


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Default 05-23-2009, 03:57 PM

It may just be coincidence that SSD's may be failing while running Win7...

But who knows you may be onto something!


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:10 PM

I installed all the leaked builds and RC 1 with stellar results each time. I was trying to install 7127 when I got a SMART Drive failure message and HDD size in the BIOS of 0.

Also, another member here said he had a new HD on his desktop fail. That, combined with recent posts, makes me wonder.


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:15 PM

I was installing 7100 on my Mini9, and something happened during the partitioning that really screwed it up. Dell Diagnostics flagged it as an error on Sector 0 and I had to replace it under Dell's warranty. My XP and Ubuntu were running just fine up to that point, no SMART errors reported. But the drive was hosed, gpart and diskpart couldn't do anything with it. I think there might be something more than a coincidence.


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:17 PM

As a test when it came out I installed 7127 on an older HD that I popped into the old DELL M1330 I have here.

Installed flawlessly, but I've only used it like twice since for only a couple of minutes.

Sadly it's a risk you take if you don't download directly from MS, and even then, it's not commercial release software yet, so there could very well be problems with it.


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:17 PM

Bink.nu | Cybercriminals Launch Tainted Windows 7 RC - Bink.nu

Really need to be careful of the leaked builds of Win7.

To be on the safe side, I would recommend only playing with the older 7100 build that you can download from Microsoft!


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:17 PM

I agree there is something going on. Please vote.


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:21 PM

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Really need to be careful of the leaked builds of Win7.

To be on the safe side, I would recommend only playing with the older 7100 build that you can download from Microsoft!
Normally I would agree. But I obtained builds that had been inspected and HASH was correct. I was thinking that 7 was stressing the mini until I read it had just stopped booting and affected a desktop HD.


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:40 PM

I wonder whether the Poll should specify which Mini or ask to list which computer had HDD problems.
One thing about the Dell Diagnostics partition and the way it reseals itself after the first boot, if one boots to that partition the first time it is ever booted it can prevent the OS from ever booting (without some changes). Remnants of that process could be at the root of what is being seen here.

For me, I've had no problems with several builds of W7 on Mini 9 (Runcore), three Mini 10's (using Samsung, Hitatchi, Seagate, OCZ Vertez SSD), two XPS M1330's (using Samsung, Seagate, WD, OCZ Vertex SSD), and two XPS 420's (using Hitatchi, Seagate, WD, OCZ Vertex SSD). Even an old Dell 8100 for kicks. I think in all cases but one, I installed W7 on a wiped-clean HDD with no Diags. partition. That one case was a dual-boot with the original XP.


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Default 05-23-2009, 04:58 PM

Tom, I wanted an overall response. I don't think it matters which Mini it is since I had a chat with someone who lost their new HD on a desktop. And anyone who lost their drive either has a sig or elaborates.

I had no problems either with all the previous builds until it broke. I even made vLite adjustments and reloaded two other builds. Also, in my case the Dell Diagnostic was long gone.


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