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Ultimate Geek

# 255839 2-Sep-2019 20:03
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My laptop is running Windows 10, upgraded from Windows 7.  It has two drives, a SATA SSD and mSATA SSD.  I boot it off the mSATA disk (the original, slightly better quality Samsung SSD the laptop came with).  It boots via MBR, not UEFI.  It used to dual boot with Linux on the mSATA drive. A while ago, I used TrueImage to move the Windows install from the SATA to the mSATA disk, and then gave myself a large storage partition (NTFS) on the SATA drive.


This does mean I'm booting off the second drive.


Fairly often - maybe half the time I shut it down, when I boot up again I get a big blue screen,




Your PC/Device needs to be repaired


The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.


File: \WINDOWS\system32\winload.exe


Error code: 0xc000000e




If I boot off my recovery USB stick, go to command prompt, run bootrec /rebuildbcd, shut down ... then it boots OK.  Until the next time.  This is getting a bit silly, I have to carry my recovery disk with the laptop...


Any ideas what could be causing this and what I could do?  Is the two drive thing confusing Windows?  Has moving the install via TrueImage stuffed something up?  Is there anything I can do other than reinstall and hope for the best?

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Uber Geek

  # 2309891 3-Sep-2019 11:38
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What I would do. This assumes there are no faults on the msata

Backup data
Use diskpart clean to wipe the msata , and wipe the SSD
Remove the SSD, leaving only the msata
Clean Win10 install on the msata. Reinstall SSD, copy back data


Things are too screwed up: often easier to just start again with a clean install.
could be leftovers from dual booting, its a NB so possibly the multiple non standard OEM partitions causing issues, could be something on the SSD that win10 detects & looks like the main windows partition


Actually , I would just remove the msata if it kept causing issues in Win10 . Just may not be worth the hassels its causing.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 2309927 3-Sep-2019 13:34
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Maybe try turning off 'Fast Startup' in Windows 10?




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  # 2309935 3-Sep-2019 14:00
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Fast startup will just keep running chkdsk after each reboot if you shutdown and boot into linux without reboot. It shouldn’t be crapping out system files.

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  # 2310256 3-Sep-2019 19:58
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I'm not dual booting anymore - the only OS on the system is Windows 10.  I can try turning off fast startup anyway....

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  # 2324395 25-Sep-2019 10:21
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Fast startup made no difference, and I ended up taking a long weekend in Christchurch, without my recovery USB stick, and the darn laptop decided to stop working again.


I've reinstalled onto the first internal drive (2.5" SSD), and hope this will be the end of the problem.  Now I have to reinstall all my apps...

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