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    Hey guys, I'm having a problem I hope you guys can help diagnose.

    The computer in question is System 1 in my sig. I have the EVO 850 as my Windows drive (Windows 7 + essential drivers only). I did a clean install a couple of weeks ago, and then turned it off and left it (bad time of the year to play games for a teacher). I went to turn it on yesterday to start installing my games and whatnot, and it wouldn't boot into Windows. It just sat on the startup loading bar animation.

    I'm wondering if this sounds like an issue with the SSD. It was set to AHCI from the beginning in the BIOS, so I don't think it's that. I need to make a memtest disk, but it doesn't *feel* like that.

    Any ideas, or does it feel like the SSD to you guys too?

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    It seems like a borked driver (or driver-like service or a virtual device driver) more than anything else... Honestly, if all you have on it is a clean OS, I'd reinstall, then add drivers one by one, rebooting between. If it stalls again, you'll have found your culprit. If it doesn't, and all goes well, then blame it on Bill Gates and IT gremlins
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silk_the_Absent1 View Post
    Any ideas, or does it feel like the SSD to you guys too?
    Are you able to boot in safe mode?

    This year I stumbled upon those things twice: both times there was a Windows Update failure/corruption (in the latter case the Microsoft DISM tool let me to recover, but it was Win 8.1 Pro).
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    So I had some time today to do a run of Memtest 86. Memory is fine, so I decided to try reinstalling Windows 7, to see if it was just a driver issue, and the install froze before it even got to drive selection. It still registers in the BIOS, but I think the drive is toast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silk_the_Absent1 View Post
    It still registers in the BIOS, but I think the drive is toast.
    Shit happens though not so often... or so I guess. Have you any spare drive (either SSD or HDD)? In case, may you use it to install a fresh Windows onto?
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    Start simple by trying to scan disk and then try repair windows using your Windows CD.
    If you have to reinstall windows you can do it without format, so you dont loose your old files.
    If you have to make format then install windows 10!

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    I made up an Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS disk to try to test a few things, and it's been sitting at the loading screen for about 20 minutes. Considering it's a livecd, I am having doubts over it being the drive now. Back to the drawing board, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silk_the_Absent1 View Post
    I made up an Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS disk to try to test a few things, and it's been sitting at the loading screen for about 20 minutes. Considering it's a livecd, I am having doubts over it being the drive now. Back to the drawing board, I suppose.

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    Linux does probe disks and read partition tables during startup (even if running from a live CD). What happens if you boot from the live CD with the suspect drive unplugged?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheapie View Post
    Linux does probe disks and read partition tables during startup (even if running from a live CD). What happens if you boot from the live CD with the suspect drive unplugged?
    I'll try it after work tomorrow. I'm a special education teacher, and it's the last week before Winter break, so we're all scrambling to finish the kids final exams and whatnot.

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    OK. It would also be helpful to remove the "quiet" and "splash" boot options (there should be a way to do that on a live CD, but I'm not that familiar with Ubuntu or how they have ISOLINUX set up - I'm more of a Debian person). Then, see what the last few lines of text before the freeze are.

    I can wait if necessary, of course.

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