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BSOD after plugging in hard drive

  1. #1

    Posts : 13
    7 or 8 Can't decide

    BSOD after plugging in hard drive


    I have Windows 8 installed on my SSD and I thought I'd plug in my HDD as well. I started up the PC, the HDD was found and there were no problems.
    But it only took about 5 minutes and I got a BSOD. I don't know if this had to something to do with the HDD or if it might be due to something else.

    Earlier I also recieved an error message when shutting the pc off, I don't know exactly what it said. Something about Memory...
    Perhaps you'll find somehing in the logs as I have no idea what to look for.

    It's strange that I've had two problem like this after only hours with Windows 8, while I cannot remember ever having a BSOD in Windows 7.

    I would really appreciate any help! Thank you in advance!

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  2. #2

    Posts : 13
    7 or 8 Can't decide

    Hi again.
    Just wondering if there is something I can do to find what caused the BSOD? What can I do with the .dmp file? Can I find the error code somewhere?
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  3. #3

    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Your minidump is pointing to the file: aswnet.sys which belongs to the Avast Anti-virus product: Driver Reference Table

    Please un-install/remove Avast for testing purposes as it is known to cause BSODs on some systems. In the meantime use the built-in Windows 8 Defender as your anti-virus.

    I'm not familiar with SSDs but this is what usasma has to say on the subject:

    There's not a whole bunch available to test SSD's. The "easiest" test is to remove the SSD, install a platter-based hard drive, install Windows and test for stability that way.

    Here's some suggestions:
    - Update the SSD's firmware to the latest available version (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
    - Update the motherboard controllers drivers to the latest available version from the controller manufacturer (NOT the mobo manufacturer unless you can't find any on the controller manufacturer's website)
    - Slow the memory (RAM) down to the next slower speed (I've only seen one person who claimed that this worked for them).
    - Use any manufacturer's utilities that you may have. If you don't have any, then try this free one (I haven't used it myself):
    Crystal Dew World
    - Update chipset and storage controller drivers to the latest available from the manufacturer of the device (not the manufacturer of the motherboard). Be sure to update ALL controllers on the motherboard!
    ....NOTE: Recently (Nov 2011) we had BSOD issues with the Marvell 91xx controller and an SSD. You may have to switch controllers also.
    - Replace the SSD with a platter based hard drive and see if that stops the BSOD's. If it does, then it's likely that there's a problem with the SSD OR an incompatibility with your system.
    It's my opinion that SSD's aren't reliable enough (with current hardware) to be used on a system that needs to work reliably. Until I see reliability I will not recommend, nor will I use, SSD's for critical applications.
    06 Dec 2011 - This post tends to confirm issues with certain SSD chipsets and certain controllers -
    [SOLVED] cant find the cause of BSOD F4 - Tech Support Forum
    29 May 2012 - The frequency of BSOD's with SSD's seems to have been decreasing over the last several months. It may be approaching time to re-evaluate my stand on their suitability for use in production systems.
    10 Nov 2012 - I'm seeing an upswing in SSD errors - but most appear due to older storage controller drivers. Istrongly suggest NOT using storage controller drivers that don't date from 2012 (if none are available, don't connect an SSD to that controller)
    05 Jan 2013 - very interesting post about difficulties with the Marvell controllers even when not connected to the SSD drives:

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  4. #4

    Posts : 13
    7 or 8 Can't decide

    Thank you very much, I appreciate it! I will try to uninstall Avast and see if that helps.
    I think my SSD is updated to the latest firmware but I will check that as well. Thank you again!
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