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Can boot from other drives cause corrupted drives?

  1. #1


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Can boot from other drives cause corrupted drives?


    Poor Leo, He has lost two complete drives now due to corruption after booting from one drive, restarting, then using the BIOS to boot from another drive (both win8). He keeps getting "ERRORS, attempting to repair" on all of his drives. After chugging along for awhile, they usually boot but with enough corruption that the drive is pretty messed up. He just lost the main SSD boot drive that he spent so much time in building.
    Now I kept telling him that I never had that issue and then, BAM, I got an "Attempting to repair" after accidentally trying to boot from another drive only for a few seconds from the UEFI BIOS BOOT OVERRIDE (clicked on the wrong drive- was shooting for ROM) .

    Now a big question mark is the WAY that I was booting. I was using the new UEFI BIOS BOOT OVERRIDE, just click on the drive or ROM and it boots from it. I THINK that is what Leo has been doing rather than change the boot drive in the BIOS to the hard drive he wants to boot from.

    Is this normal? I will be Googling for a while on this one!

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  2. #2


    West Auckland
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    The short answer is NO

    But then again it all depends because there's so many variables that one could write a novel sized book listing all the possible causes for drive corruption.

    Gather evidence, and start from the obvious and work your way down the list.

    "Booting from another drive" being the cause would probably be cause number 545985 followed by #545986 "Booting from a CD".

    If you're gonna throw that SSD away, can you throw it my way cos I'm sure it'll be working fine when I get it :-)
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Poor Leo, He has lost two complete drives now due to corruption after booting from one drive, restarting, then using the BIOS to boot from another drive (both Windows 8). He keeps getting "ERRORS, attempting to repair" on all of his drives.
    This caused by fast boot.

    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
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