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Jun 032013

file9101242317165For 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 didn’t.

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
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">
 <Provider Name="disk" />
 <EventID Qualifiers="32772">153</EventID>
 <TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-06-03T14:10:43.129055200Z" />
 <Security />

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.

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