Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Apr 2009 23:44 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows It's something lots of people here on OSNews have been waiting for. It's something we've talked about, something we've theorised about, and something we've declared as the future for Windows' backwards compatibility - and now it's here, and official. Over a month ago, Microsoft bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott have been briefed by Microsoft on a technology for Windows 7 called Windows XP Mode. Available as a free download for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate users, it's a fully integrated and licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 in a VirtualPC-based environment, with full "coherence" support. In other words, it's Microsoft's variant of Apple's Classic environment, and it's coming to Windows 7, for free. Near-instant update: The Windows 7 RC will indeed be available publicly on May 5. TechNet/MSDN will get it April 30.
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RE[5]: Still worse than XP...
by darknexus on Sat 25th Apr 2009 18:37 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Still worse than XP..."
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You are describing a hard drive failure. Even if it is working now, it is just a matter of time before it dies again. I would highly recommend getting a new one, and until you do back everything up as rigorously as possible.

Not necessarily. I've seen similar things happen to NTFS filesystems, although in my case it was in Windows XP. Basically, if you're unlucky enough to have to reset or power off the system right as NTFS is closing a write to its master file table (mft), it can bring the filesystem down under the right conditions. It can also cause other interesting things if the MFT becomes just a bit corrupted due to this, e.g. used clusters end up being marked as free, causing random disappearances of files and/or folders, or portions of the pbr to be erased.
It could also be a failure on the motherboard, with the IDE or SATA controller crapping out (not sure which connector that drive used), or it could be the Vista motherboard drivers are buggy as hell. It could even be an unlucky power surge just at the wrong time that overloaded the surge protector and fried a portion of the OP's hard drive, I've had that happen once as well. That required a low level format of the disk before it would work properly again, as certain areas had to be zeroed out before they could be written to. This could explain what happened with your mbr, and the blue screen afterwards although that could very well be your motherboard drivers as well.
This is not a clear case of hard drive failure by a long shot.

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