Well I plugged passport into my lap top and no disk or ntfs errors appeared. I don’t back this up often as I hardly use it. I searched back and it has not shown any ntfs or disk errors from the beginning. And I did back it up in May and August. So I think passport is not the problem.
Then I ran chkdsk on my desk top OS(C:) drive and again no problems found.
Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is OS.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)…
166144 file records processed. File verification completed.
811 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 45 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)…
227804 index entries processed. Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned. 0 unindexed files recovered. CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)…
166144 file SDs/SIDs processed. Cleaning up 115 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 115 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 115 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
30831 data files processed. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal…
37515352 USN bytes processed. Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)…
166128 files processed. File data verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)…
188154362 free clusters processed. Free space verification is complete.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
While passport was not plugged into my desktop, I went to Device Manager and clicked View>show hidden devices and removed passport from disk drives. Then I plugged it in and it installed itself and there were no disk errors. Then I safely removed it again and then I plugged it back in. Boom, disk errors again. It does not happen when Passport is loaded for first time. It only happens when the drive is already installed when passport is plugged in.
I don’t keep it plugged in; just plug it in on the first of the month when it is time for back up.
The default policy setting is for quick removal and since I am using safe removal anyway I changed the policy to see if that would make it happy. Safely removed and then plugged in. No joy, still disk error. It is only happy with fresh install of its drives.
As far as I can tell passport has never been a problem on my lap top and started to produce disk and ntfs errors on my desk top at the August backup. Before that I used it to back up in May and June and I did not find errors in the Administrative log.
One difference between my laptop and my desk top is I can find passport in device manager after it is removed by showing “hidden devices” on my desk top device manager. The icon is faded. When I had disk errors with some thumb drives I learned on line how to uninstall devices with faded icons and that stopped the disk errors every time I plugged in a thumb drive. Here is the thing, when I remove passport from my laptop, it is gone, it does not show up with a faded icon in device manager. Like every time I plug it in it’s a new install. It doesn’t leave anything I can see behind like my desktop does.
Just to say I did it I am using chkdsk on passport. It does not give much information about its progress as when I use chkdsk on C: It is just a small box and it says so far it has processed 405 files. It is so slow I thought it was stuck for awhile. And I don’t have any idea how much information I will get at the end. But I will let you know.
I really don’t want to reformat passport if the problem lies with my desktop or the interaction between passport and my desktop.
Thanks for being there.