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Reza, Backup, Backup & Backup!

October 5th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Here is a nice Pre-Weekend surprise:

After an [Unwanted!] Windows update which restarted my computer the night before , I turned on one of my Windows 2008 machines and Windows froze at the start up progress bar. Basically , it shows the progress bar which is a good sign (Control has been handed over to the OS) , but immediately after that the screen goes black and Desktop never appears. I noticed that one of my hard disks goes grinding for 3 seconds , silent for 2 seconds and so on and so forth- I mean the same annoying sound pattern kept happening forever! Sounds like something is corrupted in my File System.

With my Google hat on, I found out that I am not alone in this , but most of the reported issues were related to the corrupted drivers. For what it’s worth , I never installed any new driver! Attempted “last known good configuration” , but no luck. Both safe mode options available in Windows 2008 also froze at crcdisk.sys command. I am like , WTF! I was just hoping that it was not the system drive that kept failing on me.

Finally opend up the case and took out the two non-system drives and rebooted. It booted up!… tried each drive with a new reboot , until I found the faulty drive. I took out that corrupted drive and put it into an SATA enclusure and hooked it up to the same box. Starange enough the OS reconginized it , but I couldn’t access the drive. Formatted it and put it back into the case and everything got back to the normal life before the crisis!

<Confession>Man, things like what happend to me on Friday scares the shit out of me. When do I want to learn the Backup lesson?!</Confession>

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  1. October 7th, 2008 at 11:44 | #1

    When the same happened to me I dropped in the bootable Vista DVD and rolled back to the previous system restore point, as opposed to the “last-known-good” on the startup choice page. It’s happened twice now and that’s been the fix both times. I really wish there was a proper fix for this one, I haven’t been able to allow Windows Update since.


  2. Reza Alirezaei
    October 7th, 2008 at 14:28 | #2

    Speaking of Vista , I still get a good laugh of what happened to Thomas when we were all at EI. It was so funny…… his face was hilarious that day and the way you were laughing was even funnier LOL

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