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Did Windows 8 Brick my Laptop?

  1. #11


    Posts : 9
    windows 7


    something same happened for me too...the screen goes off and It did'nt came back yet..i can not see anything

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Jdpurvis View Post
    More follow up. When I connected the drive to another computer via USB - not recognized. When I connected it via esata, it blocked the other machine from booting. I can't even clear the drive and go back to WIN 7. Looks like Win8 bricked the drive. Thanks, Microsoft!

    Will let you know if I think of anything else.

    Joe
    It sounds like the drive failed hardware wise. Usually even if a drive has no OS or a corrupted OS it will still show up in the BIOS and the PC will POST. You'll get a No Operating System Found prompt. Your PC(s) won't even post with that drive connected so that makes me think the electronics have failed. The PC is likely stopping at the point where it tries to ID and initialize the drive. I'd be surprised if the Windows 8 install did it, but stranger things have happened.
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  3. #13


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    I would be very surprised if the win 8 didn't do it. The SSD was functioning perfectly before, and through all the multiple reboots of the Win install until the last one. I saw all the messages about preparing files, all the way through "setting up your software.

    Joe
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It would be the first instance of that happening that I've heard of. I'm not saying it didn't happen, but I think its highly unlikely. I think its more of a coincidence. I've had problems installing another OS after installing Windows 7 or 8, but wiping the drive and deleting all the partitions fixed it. Mind you, this has been with IDE drives not SSD drives.
    If you connect it though USB in an enclose what does Disk Management show? If it doesn't have a drive letter it will not show up on the Computer screen. If you can actually see it listed in Disk Management you may be able to repartition it and cover it.
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  5. #15


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    The original disk in the machine had a second, small recovery partition in addition to the Win7 boot partition. I retained that when I moved to the SSD. When I backed it up, I did a whole disk backup, rather than only the Win partition. I am at work now, away from the drive. When I connected it via USB it did not show at all in Disk management.

    I put the drive back in the laptop this AM, and was able to (after a long wait) get into the bios setup. No matter how I change the settings, it does not see the drive.

    I am convinced the problem came from Win8. I think it originates from the changed way it deals with the bios-
    Particularly with UEFI. I think this MBR behaves differently - it was striking that when I connected it to an eSATA port on my desktop machine, it not only prevented the machine from
    Booting, but it locked access to the bios setup program.

    I have seen a lot of dead and dying hard disks in my day, but never one that prevented access to Bios setup.

    Joe
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Either way you look at it, from the sounds of it, that drive is toast. If its still under warranty I would Return it as defective. If it was just the BIOS messed up on your PC I would not expect the drive to lock up the other PC. The long delay is the BIOS trying to ID and initialize the drive. You could have a look on the hard drive manufacturers web site for some diagnostics utilities, although if the BIOS can't detect the drive they will not work. There may also be a utility to return the drive to factory state, or wipe the drive (write all zero's to it). It can't hurt to try.
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  7. #17


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    I have left a message on the Crucial forum. Will post again when I hear from them.

    Joe
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  8. #18


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    Culprit could have been recent firmware update for the drive. Apparently some drives have "disappeared". They suggested some ways to try to get it back - I tried, and drive did come back. Win 8 installation finished. It hung on the next reboot. After multiple tries, and a "failed"'repair mode, I managed to get into safe mode. I had disabled my antivirus (not uninstalled it). I uninstalled it, and Win 8 booted. For the time being, it seems stable.

    While I am suspicious about the crash during installation, it does seem that the drive may have been the cause.

    Thanks to all for your suggestions.

    Jo
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Hopefully it stays stable for you. Good detective work on your part to.
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