Category: Drive Issues

Full wipe and recreate of the NTFS transaction record for a system drive
article #848, updated 2230 days ago

Here is a procedure which reportedly does a full wipe and recreate of the NTFS transaction record for a system drive. The commands below need to be run in an administrative CMD, then the machine rebooted. ‘setautoreset’ tells the system to do a smaller-scale reset at every boot, it is not known whether there is any reason to set it back to ‘false’ after the reboot is complete. The procedure appears to be able to eliminate some extremely stubborn Windows Update errors, as well as alleviating some situations where NTFS volumes become very slow in accessability. Setting setautoreset to true, all by itself with a reboot, has been seen to help quite a lot too.

fsutil resource setautoreset true %SystemDrive%\

attrib -r -s -h %SystemRoot%\System32\Config\TxR\*
del %SystemRoot%\System32\Config\TxR\*

attrib -r -s -h %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*
del %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*.tm*
del %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*.blf
del %SystemRoot%\System32\SMI\Store\Machine\*.regtrans-ms

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Reset Windows filesystem transaction support
article #846, updated 2233 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 3282 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 3300 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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