Data Corruption

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by hennessy1, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. hennessy1

    hennessy1 Golden Member

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    I have a customer that despite multiple reinstalls keeps getting corrupted windows files. Memory testing is on the to do list but they also have an add on controller and I was wondering if there was a test or program that could read and write data like memtest to check for corruption?

    Any help is much appreciated thank you.
     
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  3. Blain

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    * How old are the components?
    * Are the components of good quality?
    * Are they operating their PC behind a good quality UPS?
    * Were the reinstalls all done from the same physical media?
     
  4. hennessy1

    hennessy1 Golden Member

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    Maybe 2yrs max. This is a dell precision workstation that I have been trying to help the customer with. No ups in place. The media was all dells either the dell windows 7 cd or the dell system recovery partition. I did not use anything else because if it is hardware related dell will not be as willing to help if I wiped away their partition or not used their media.

    I did find this site yesterday just not sure how to get that utility.
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg607461(v=vs.85).aspx
     
  5. Ketchup

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    How often is the problem occurring, as in, how much time passes before the problem starts occurring, in which case a re-install seems to fix it?

    What is the memory setup on that board?

    Is the corruption only occurring on Windows files?
     
  6. hennessy1

    hennessy1 Golden Member

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    No standard amount of time passes sometimes a couple months to several months passes. It always has to do with windows updates in one way or another. I would have to check the memory configuration later today.
     
  7. Ketchup

    Ketchup Elite Member

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    My first thought is a bad area on the hard drive. I don't see RAM as causing an issue that happens so irregularly, since Windows 7 uses just about all of it, in one way or another.

    If it were me, I would boot off a disc with seatools and see if it finds anything.