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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
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.

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