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Error-checking a disk is eating up all my memory in Windows 7

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c627627

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EDIT: Windows 8 fixed this problem which was still present in Windows 7 as of 2014.


I simply right clicked on an external drive > Properties > Tools > Check Now and CHECK both options. The operation was eating up all my RAM. Trying to open up other folders on the computer resulted in a black screen. I have 3 GB of RAM on an [email protected]

When the scan finished, Memory usage went back down, everything went back to normal. What's going on?



EDIT: Would you please confirm this if you have Windows 7 + a large External drive. [Mine was a 200GB drive in a USB enclosure.]
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c627627

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So I guess this is first hand evidence that this Windows 7 RTM bug is somewhat serious as it means we cannot check any external drives for errors using Windows 7.
 
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c627627

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If we can all connect a (large) external drive to Windows 7, do what I did, then run out of memory to the point of getting black screens... well then this is a bug. True/False? :)


I simply right clicked on an external drive > Properties > Tools > Check Now and CHECK both options. The operation was eating up all my RAM. Trying to open up other folders on the computer resulted in a black screen.

When the scan finished, Memory usage went back down, everything went back to normal. What's going on?
 
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c627627

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Well hang on. You need to come out and agree or not that this is a... reproducible bug.


Editor's Note http://www.overclockers.com/index.p...they-improve-it&catid=58:software&Itemid=4264 says: Other sources, have contradicting info noting the memory usage is by design.


There would be nothing contradicting if we all agreed that this is a reproducible bug. You can't scan a (large) external drive and use Windows 7 at the same time!
 
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c627627

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Someone else can print the term "by design" in an article somewhere sure then whistle away... :D


But here at OCForums if we all get black screens because our memory usage is through the roof, yeah it's by the design... by design to render Windows 7 unusable while its scanning an external drive.

It's a bug. A flaw. And it needs to be patched.
 

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Someone else can print the term "by design" in an article somewhere sure then whistle away... :D


But here at OCForums if we all get black screens because our memory usage is through the roof, yeah it's by the design... by design to render Windows 7 unusable while its scanning an external drive.

It's a bug. A flaw. And it needs to be patched.

Well, you are repairing a drive... Has anyone tried this in XP?
 
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c627627

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I have a triple boot. Windows XP and Windows Vista are fine doing exactly the same thing on the same system.
 
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c627627

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It's almost March 2010 and this Windows 7 bug has still not been fixed.

I just tried to Error-check an external drive in Windows 7 and it's still running out of RAM black screening. Rebooted into Windows XP and no problem doing the same.


So we can't scan external drives if we use Windows 7 and they're not going to do anything about it?