The BSOD-ed laptop.

So I bought a spanking high-end Asus laptop this year. 16GB RAM, i7 processor, the works. It was supposed to facilitate self-learning for virtualisation, but I slacked off and it ended up as a host on which I ran a Windows 7 general purpose VM.

Sidetrack: it’s honestly an elegant solution, because it avoids me having to install the same shit on my laptop every single time. The downside? Periodical reinstalls of VMware Workstation.

A few days ago
Windows rebooted the VM after the usual updates, and promptly hung the damn laptop thereafter. Slightly inconvenient thing to wake up to in the morning I must say. I attributed it to being a wonky laptop of shifty manufacture, since it wasn’t the first time this had happened. So it was the usual power-off power-on procedure, which unusually led to a BSOD.

W. T. F.

Trivia: now, BSOD. That’s the dreaded Blue Screen of Death for you folks, something every Windows user hates because it means your computer is having experiencing some serious shit.

After a few tries to capture the error message — using my mobile phone’s video capture nonetheless, primitive I know — the answer was clear: I had an UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. This meant my hard drive was seriously fcuked, and I had to run diagnostics and find out how bad the damage was.

Reality
Short answer: I had to run chkdsk (or something similar) to fix the file system. Being empty-handed at home, I had to wait the day out impotently while Stan lugged his DVD collection home.

Unfortunately: the installation DVD did not work (bah), and
Very fortunately: Stan’s all-purpose utility CD (Hiren’s BootCD) had ViVard, which managed to mark the bad sectors and move the data over to working sectors on the hard drive.

It took a few hours of grinding and eyeballing, but the problem was finally licked. I moved all my data off the VM as soon as I could, and it’s off to the damn service center for the laptop soon. Damn Asus.

I’m suspecting the intensive HDD R/W operations from the VM contributed to the hard drive’s early demise though, so it might be fair to say that half of it is my fault.

Ah well, time to switch to an SSD?

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