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Roll back the SATA drivers as per my previous post, this will allow Magician to 'see' your drive.

The problem with changing your drive order using the cables as it stands is that the only working Windows install is accessed by the boot sequence 'bouncing' from one drive to another - not good long term, way too complex.

If the SSD isn't being recognised by Samsung Magician, try rolling back the drivers for the SATA ports to the default MS AHCI versions; these will allow Magician to see the drive, the firmware to be updated and Trim to work. The downside is that the drive(s) may not be quite as fast.


Computer Help / Re: AdwCleaner 7.1 & 7.1.1 new version
« on: May 02, 2018, 03:40:31 AM »
That much has been obvious all along, finding the cause was impossible due to the lack of supplied data and system/software details.


Computer Help / Re: AdwCleaner 7.1 & 7.1.1 new version
« on: May 02, 2018, 02:34:56 AM »
You have the data needed to discover the problem, we don't, you haven't supplied it. I could suggest a workaround but that's not the same as a fix.

If you wish to continue playing games you should create your own site, I don't think this is the correct place for them.

Do widzenia.

I wasn't suggesting that the Windows installation was faulty, just that the initial steps currently needed to boot to Windows open you up to a breakdown in the future, perhaps with your next OS upgrade, a BIOS glitch or hardware malfunction.

My disk layout ensures that I can remove all but Drive 0, the C: containing Windows, and still have a fully functioning System. You cannot do that, your layout needs at least 2 of those installed drives to boot up.

The reason your WEI scores are unchanged since adding your SSD is that WEI tests only the drive where Windows is installed, namely the K:

Computer Help / Re: AdwCleaner 7.1 & 7.1.1 new version
« on: May 01, 2018, 10:54:50 AM »
Are you using a clean, legit version of W7, your C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msvcrt.dll details (file size + Private/Special build) look odd? Check your version with VirusTotal please, give us the VT URL.

My C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msvcrt.dll details:

That looks a complete mess, cf. my C: status flags with your current Windows drive K:

Whilst your system can be repaired, it requires an expert to provide the rather complicated list of steps (and checks) to restore your PC to something suitable to be upgraded to W10. That's me out, I've been sticking with the KISS principles for disk management for the last 15 years.

I'd go the clean install route with W7, only the SSD installed, check that TRIM is active after updating Windows (WU might install an 'upgraded' driver that 'blocks' Trim - W10 did it to me after the AU Update - rolling back the drivers to the default W7/10 version will reactivate Trim), upgrade to W10 and then re-attach your HDDs and get it setup to your liking. Don't forget to create clones/backups before any major upgrade or change.

W7 can be installed on a single partition; as my C: shows, W10 requires, I think, 3x partitions; you'll need to make allowances for that according to the current recommendations during the W7 install, which would then likely make use of 2x partitions with unallocated space left for the W10 upgrade 'hidden data' partition.

Can you show us a screenshot of Disk Management so we can see the full Status details, please?

What's the Windows Experience Index (WEI) score for your drive now? Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools.

Run a benchmark on your SSD with = Pro and attach the screenshot, please.

Trim being enabled by the OS doesn't necessarily mean that the Trim calls are reaching the drive(s), a 'bad' Controller driver can block the calls (even drivers from the hardware maker or Windows Update have been known to do this). If you can update the firmware on the drive(s) successfully, Hard Disk Sentinel or Trimcheck report  that Trim is active or that it's working, then Trim is almost certainly enabled and active.

Computer Help / Re: Intermittent BSODs
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:47:18 PM »
At least it's consistent... ;)

A 0x124 with the first parameter of 0x0 is a Machine Check Exception, basically the hardware, usually the CPU, is self-reporting an error after a check. This is usually a hardware fault or a hardware incompatibility, sometimes a corrupt driver causing a blockage in the lines of communication.

A good place to begin your research and testing is here:

If you use the BIOS to disable any components, ports, etc. that are not applicable to your usage/hardware fitted before you begin troubleshooting, it should cut down on the number of drivers/filters that are loaded and might shorten the process a little.

I'd also advise checking for and installing the latest drivers for your hardware, try to ensure that all non-Windows DVD drivers (so 3rd party) are dated later than mid-2011 (SP1 release), more recent if you can find them. Uninstall any utility software that runs close to the hardware: defraggers, antivirus, 3rd party firewall etc. and rely on common sense and the stock Windows security during testing if you must use it online.

Computer Help / Re: Email hacking improvements needed;
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:13:20 PM »
The 'PayPal' entry looks like a spoofing attempt, sender IP is NL/Belize/Latvia (mail server location/registration/owner, I think), the IP is on at least 5 email spam blocklists, latest report I saw (I didn't dig) was 1 "Spam" entry [02:32:50 27 Sep 2017 GMT+00].

The other IP is a frequent spammer/spamvertiser/virus dropper, probably out of CN.

Wasted here, better to report them to a site that creates email blocklists and get a good email filter/blocklist yourself; if you're already digging these out of your spam folder, leave them there and delete them regularly.

Computer Help / Re: Email hacking improvements needed;
« on: November 09, 2017, 03:53:33 AM »
It might be that you were added as a BCC, or that it was forwarded to you, check the details in the full headers.

Computer Help / Re: Slow PC Special Time
« on: October 28, 2017, 04:21:59 PM »
I'd suggest that it's highly unlikely to be a memory issue, other hardware issues, esp. disk errors, would be far higher up my list. Memory issues are much more likely to cause BSODs, either during the Boot process or, most likely, at some 'random' point afterwards - the Boot BSOD is likely to be of a consistent type, a BSOD whilst running would be a much more random series of different types.

Study these pages and the flowcharts and try to be specific about where exactly your hang is:

Give us full details of your hardware and the average Up Time given on the task Manager Performance tab when you open it via a right-click on the Taskbar as soon as you can after the initial Boot - 'good' times for the Windows startup using this method would be ~40 seconds for a HDD and ~10 seconds for an SSD. The initial BIOS boot times will vary enormously, depending on the motherboard, BIOS, hardware installed and disabled motherboard features.

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