Can't boot windows, PC keeps corrupting drives


  1. Posts : 3
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       #1

    Can't boot windows, PC keeps corrupting drives


    Hello,

    I have an old gaming rig and it has not been used for the past 2 years because I built another more powerful. I wanted to sell this old rig but when I tried to install Win 10 using a boot DVD after installing everything the PC freezes during the first windows configuration in preparing devices (or something like that, I have windows in Portuguese). I have possibly restored, formatted and installed Win 10 about 5 times and it freezes always at the same place.

    After restarting the windows freeze on the very first loading screen with the windows logo and enters in a endless loop of attempting repairs. I checked the SRT Logfile and no errors were found, at first I thought it was the SSD but when tried another SSD with windows 10 already installed(it's the SSD I have in my newer rig and use it every day) windows booted but after a minute or so it freeze on desktop, no BSOD or any kind of errors, restarted the PC and now this SSD was also corrupted and giving the same problem, luckily I managed to recover this SSD when I installed it again in the newer PC.

    I changed the SATA cable and tried to plug the cable in other sockets but no luck, removed the RAM, flashed the BIOS but no luck again (I have yet to update the BIOS), I have installed a new GTX 1060GB and was using it during the Windows installation so I doubt it was that, could it be the PSU? or the cable that powers the SSD? I have always figured how too repair other PCs and I have already built a lot of them but this time I am completely defeated. Unless it's an hardware problem I am out of options.

    The specs are:

    i7 3770k overclocked in the past but at stock right now(default BIOS)
    Coolermaster V8 GTS CPU cooler
    Asus Sabertooth Z77
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB
    GTX 1060 6B
    Coolermaster 1000w PSU
    2TB HDD
    120GB SDD

    I would like to thank you in advance and sorry for the very long post.

    Have a good day
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,870
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Updating the BIOS could be key, but if it's an old machine you might have driver problems, of course.
    Have you ever had Win 10 on it?

    Note that each build of Win 10 may deliver some different drivers, so even upgrading Win 10 can sometimes cause a few people difficulties.

    If you have Win 7 around, and you used that before, it would be worth trying that on it just to see.

    As it's an incomplete install, there may or may not be log files available- I couldn't say.
    A list of some log files:
    C:\Windows\Panther
    C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources\Panther
    The panther logs are often hidden. Configure file explorer so that you can find the hidden files.
    Locate these logs and post share links in the forum:
    setuperr.log
    setupact.log
    setupapi.dev.log
    Setupmem.dmp
    BlueBox.log

    $Windows.~bt\Sources\Rollback\setupmem.dmp
    $Windows.~bt\Sources\Rollback*.evtx
    $Windows.~bt\Sources\Rollback\setupapi\setupapi.dev.log
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  3. Posts : 3
    Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hello dalchina, thank you for your reply,

    Yes I had Windows 10 already installed in this computer but in an HDD which is also corrupted and with the same symptoms.

    It was also a fresh install with absolutely zero use, I installed it maybe a year ago because I wanted to use it as reserve PC but never used it actually, but it was working fine the last time I turned it on.

    I remember now that when it worked it was connected to a TV and I was using the onboard HDMI, a couple months ago I bought the GTX 1060 installed it but never tested the PC after installing the GPU. It's a new GTX 1060 so I never thought it could be card but maybe it is.

    I will update the BIOS, and then install Windows 7 and possibly use the onboard HDMI, how I never thought that last night I don't know maybe I was tired after trying to fix the PC for 5 straight hours.

    Thanks again and have a good day
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,870
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    If your PC is damaging drives, that would suggest you have a hardware problem. True, drives fail, but sounds suspicious.
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  5. Posts : 3
    Win 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Quick update,

    The culprit was the cable connecting the PSU and the GPU now how that corrupts the drives i have no Idea but as soon as i connected the new cable Windows launcher immediatly without any attempts of repair.

    A good day to you all
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,870
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #6

    Great news! Thanks for letting us know.
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