Particulars: Windows 11, Asus Dark Hero MB, Corsair Dominator Memory, SN850x boot drive 4TB, Multiple other drives including a 2TB WD SN850, Samsung 980 Pro 2 TB, 2x Samsung 850 SSDs, WD Hard Drive. NVME controller is Microsoft. Everything is up-to-date including firmware for all drives. So have 3 m.2 drives (2x WD, 1x Samsung)
My issue started with long shutdown/restart times. After some troubleshooting, reboots would sometimes not load into windows without powering off & restarting, or would load into windows but go to black screen although could move cursor. When I successfully got into windows, decided to check for issues with boot drive. Running SFC, had no issues. Went to use WD Dashboard (latest version) and running short diagnostic test, it would say operation failed. Then initiated a chkdsk. The check disk completed but ultimately I got a BSOD. Windows couldn’t repair prompt. After reading lots of posts, I thought this issue could be fixed my replacing the Microsoft Express Controller with the 64bit Micron NVMe driver v18.104.22.168 driver. Concerned that if I change the driver to Micron, the system potentially may not boot at all, which would not be bad news. Not sure how to revert back to MS drivers if this were to happen. So I’m hesitating and looking for advice.
- Will this likely solve the problem of WD Dashboard not being able to successfully complete the Short Diagnostic Check? Thinking that if it could, it would correct any drive errors?
- There are 3 instances of the Standard NVM Express Controller in Device Mgr/Storage Controller. I assume there is one for each m.2 drive. Do I need to change all three or just the one for the Boot Drive (WD SN850x). If just the boot drive, how can I find out which instance is for the boot drive. Each instance identifies the PCI bus, device, function.
- Any other advice would be appreciated. Thought about reverting to an older version of WD Dashboard but couldn’t find anything on the web.
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