For the last couple of weeks I’ve had intermittent problems with the disks in my desktop computer. It started off with a few disk related errors, and after a little while of that happening I reformated one of my disks to see if the problem would go away.
It’s gotten progressively worse. This morning it seemed that only the ‘lightest’ load of about 3-4 VMWare Workstation Virtual Machines would cause untold disk errors every 2-3 seconds. Errors like this:
Log Name: System Source: disk Date: 03/06/2013 15:10:43 Event ID: 153 Task Category: None Level: Warning Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: desktop-8 Description: The IO operation at logical block address 1706a06d for Disk 5 was retried. Event Xml: <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event"> <System> <Provider Name="disk" /> <EventID Qualifiers="32772">153</EventID> <Level>3</Level> <Task>0</Task> <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords> <TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-06-03T14:10:43.129055200Z" /> <EventRecordID>54019</EventRecordID> <Channel>System</Channel> <Computer>desktop-8</Computer> <Security /> </System> <EventData> <Data>\Device\Harddisk5\DR5</Data> <Data>1706a06d</Data> <Data>5</Data> <Binary>0F01040003002C0000000000990004800000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000042A</Binary> </EventData> </Event>
After a bit of hunting around I noticed that my drive controller was using a 2.something year old driver. Which is quite odd in itself because this is a Windows 8 workstation, and well, that Operating System hasn’t been out for that long.
After a bit more hunting around I downloaded new drivers (dated in September 2012) from: http://www.jmicron.com/Driver.htm. For the last 3 hours I’ve been problem free.