Hi everyone, before I go reinstall windows, which I did a fresh install 6months ago, let me describe the issue, maybe it sounds familiar to anyone.
First, I did a lot of GPU swaps (had an old GTXX 750, then switched to a 1070 and later 1070 TI, when storage and boot issues started), almost every time using DDU utility in safe mode to clean the system after each GPU swap, but without reinstalling windows 10.
Intel DH61WW mATX, updated BIOS a year ago, Intel enabled UEFI support, I keep legacy boot enabled too, otherwise the win10 partition doesn’t show
2x4gb DDR3 Ram (I think Micron, nothing fancy)
EVGA SC 1070 TI - new, NVidia 397.x drivers
550 watts BeQuiet! 2 yrs old, no 80+ rating
No overclocking of GPU or CPU was done.
60 GB AData SSD with Win 10 64 bit Pro kept up to date - 2yrs old cheap SSD - NTFS
60 GB Kingston v300 - Mac OS Sierra - 6yrs old cheap SSD - Clover + mac osx Journaled partition
1TB HDD WD Blue - NTFS
All on Sata
Upon boot, after the Intel logo, it would always give me the “A problem with the hard drive has been detected.” error, Boot selection menu, was showing me all drives as it should, and sometimes after selecting the Win partition, it got stuck on the Win10 logo loading.
All this mysteriously started after I swapped to the new GPU 1070 TI. First days it would boot fine, then after a few days of gaming, particularly after setting the device to sleep, overnight, once a download was done, I would find it rebooted itself into OSX which is the default. Proof that it restarted instead of shutting down (I think this is another issue with sleeping). So I take it the Win10 SSD is the culprit. After this it would always go into the “A problem with the hard drive has been detected.” issue.
So I took apart the PC, reseated & swapped the SATA cables (only for the SSDs), did a BIOS defaults load, and now it boots just fine. The new issue is that after a few boots, when trying to unarchive, probably a corrupt 40gb ISO,(MD5 checked ok) Windows explorer & 7zip would just freeze on the same file.
After rebooting, the folder containing the ISO on the HDD, appeared to be empty,
Rebooted again & now the HDD stopped showing in Windows.
Sorry for the long post.