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Windows 7 BSOD -> unable to boot -> endless loop of not making sense

So, around 9pm tonight, I got thrown into an endless loop of Windows 7 stupidity. Bear with me, because I can't figure it out. I have Windows installed on an SSD (128 GB with 30 GB free space) and most of my other stuff on a 1 TB HDD.

I got a BSOD while watching a youtube video and had to restart to get out of it. When my system rebooted, it didn't detect Windows, so I put in my install disc, opted for repair, it found an error & fixed it and restarted, but still couldn't boot Windows. I read, via my phone, that sometimes it takes several repairs/restarts for this to fix the matter, so I did this 10+ times (I didn't count) before I just powered off, unplugged my HDD, and powered back on. Windows gave me a "didn't shut down normally" error but otherwise booted normally. I powered off, plugged by HDD back in, and everything went fine. For a while.

An hour later, I got another BSOD. Re-read the preceding paragraph, since, basically, I did the exact same thing. It wasn't until I unplugged my HDD that it resolved.

An hour after that, I guess I got another BSOD when I was in the shower, because when I got back to my PC it had booted to the install disc. I powered down, unplugged my HDD, and it started up just fine.

I scanned both discs for malware (using Malware Bytes and MRT), I did an SFC scan, and I did Check Disk. Everything came up clean.

Any idea what's causing this? I built this machine about a year and a half ago and haven't had any problems until tonight. Any suggestions, advice, etc, would be much appreciated.
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    Dazedandconfuzzled said:
    So, around 9pm tonight, I got thrown into an endless loop of Windows 7 stupidity.

    An hour later, I got another BSOD.

    An hour after that, I guess I got another BSOD

    That looks like you need to update the firmware on your Crucial M4 SSD ;)

    http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
  2. satrow said:
    Dazedandconfuzzled said:
    So, around 9pm tonight, I got thrown into an endless loop of Windows 7 stupidity.

    An hour later, I got another BSOD.

    An hour after that, I guess I got another BSOD

    That looks like you need to update the firmware on your Crucial M4 SSD ;)

    http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx

    You must be a wizard. Thank you.
  3. So your hourly crash is now fixed?
  4. Same for me here infinite loops on Starting Windows screen. Repaired it and now boots like a sloth
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