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Old 05-28-2014, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Occasional freezing during 'Starting Windows'

Afternoon all, thought i'd query this here as google doesn't seem to be throwing much up that's useful. - before I begin, specs are in sig.

every 2-3 days when I come home from work and switch my rig on, it will hang on 'Starting Windows', just before the little Windows logo flag swirls onto the screen. After 30-40 seconds of hanging I get a boot failure error. Rebooting and selecting Start Windows Normally... and she boots just fine. Every. time.

Anyone have any ideas why this happens at all? My boot drive is a more-or-less brand new HyperX 3K SSD, which is plugged into a SATA3 port on my motherboard using a clip-secured cable.

Yesterday, pre-emptively (as she was due to perform this weird failure anytime soon now, and voila it happened today...) I went through and updated every single driver I have installed for any device on this machine (Using DriverMax). Every driver is now on the latest version, including the storage controller on my mobo. But still it happened again just now... rebooted and it booted fine the second time.

It's not really a problem, it's just frustrating! Can anyone suggest what I might be able to check? All my BIOS settings seem to be correct to the best of my knowledge.

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Hard drive issues?

Could you be more specific about the error?

I'd make sure everything is backed up.
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Yes backup everything and get the manufacturers hard drive diagnostics tools and run that to see what that says..
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:47 PM   #4
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I agree check that SSD out and see if you are having any problems with it. There are SSD's and then there are SSD's, meaning some are much better than others and some are prone to breaking down or having errors. I still recommend backing up everything no matter what kind of drive you are using.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:07 PM   #5
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This is what Kingston's SMART status tool is giving me:

SMART READ DATA
Revision: 10
Attributes List
1: (SSD Raw Read Error Rate) Normalized Rate: 95 Sectors Read: 3554820 Read Errors: 0
5: (SSD Retired Block Count) Spare blocks remaining 100% Retired Block 0
9: (SSD Power-On Hours) Value 100 Total 411 hrs 6 mins
12: (SSD Power Cycle Count) Power Cycle Life Remaining 100% Number of power cycles 49
171: (SSD Program Fail Count) Program Error Count 0
172: (SSD Erase Fail Count) Erase Error Count 0
174: (SSD Unexpected power loss count) Unexpected power loss Count 7
177: (Wear Range Delta) Wear Range Delta 0%
181: (Program Fail Count) Program Error Count 0
182: (Erase Fail Count) Erase Error Count 0
187: (SSD Reported Uncorrectable Errors) Normalized Value 100 lifetime URAISE Errors 0
189: (Unrecognized Attribute) Value: 24 Raw Data: 18 00 29 00 14 00 00
194: (SSD Temperature Monitoring) Normalized temp 24 Current 24 High 41 Low 20
195: (SSD ECC On-the-fly Count) Normalized Value 120 Sectors Read 3554820 UECC Count 0
196: (SSD Reallocation Event Count) Normalized Value 100 Reallocation Event Count 0
201: (SSD Uncorrectable Soft Read Error Rate)Normalized Value 120 Sectors Read 3554820 Uncorrectable Soft Error Count 0
204: (SSD Soft ECC Correction Rate (RAISE) Normalized Value 120 Sectors Read 3554820 Soft ECC Correction Count 0
230: (SSD Life Curve Status) Normalized Value 100
231: (SSD Life Left) Life Remaining 100%
233: (SSD Internal Reserved) 463
234: (SSD Internal Reserved) 230
241: (SSD Lifetime writes from host) lifetime writes 230
242: (SSD Lifetime reads from host) lifetime reads 258

Firmware is up to date, according to the same tool. Really not sure what the problem is tbh!
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