Category: Drive Issues

Reset Windows filesystem transaction support
article #846, updated 1466 days ago

Apparently, corruption in Windows filesystem transaction support will cause many different kinds of errors, ranging from IIS not starting to scheduled task creation failing to Windows updates failing. To fix this, one can do the following in an administrative command prompt:

fsutil resource setautoreset true c:\

In some circumstances it is reportedly helpful to repeat the above for E:\ and any other NTFS drive in production.

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Seagate Drive Warranty Checks
article #481, updated 2515 days ago

If you have a Seagate hard drive and want to find out whether it is under warranty, try this:

http://support.seagate.com/customer/en-US/warranty_validation.jsp?form=0

And if you have more than one, use the Multiple Drive Form:

http://support.seagate.com/customer/en-US/warranty_validation_multi.jsp

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Excellent S.M.A.R.T. hard drive diagnostics and warning tool: CrystalDiskInfo
article #472, updated 2533 days ago

CrystalDiskInfo:

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html

really hits the spot. It’s small and powerful, includes email notification, handles multiple kinds of RAID, many kinds of USB drives too.

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