Bensam123 wrote:Your drive can be dying without getting bad sectors. Everything you're pointing to sounds exactly like a hard drive death in motion. I'd try swapping it for another.
I'm using an SSD (X25-M) for the OS and hard drives for data (User accounts) and temp files. I'd like to test the SSD (X25-M) but I don't know how. The SMART data comes back clean and the speed across the drive is regular. So as far as I can gather the drive is fine, if anyone knows any other way to test an SSD let me know. Unfortunately I don't have a spare I can toss in.
The problem did look to be hardware based but the fact of the matter is that Windows was already broken and cumbersome(specifically search and backup) with no resolution in sight. Even if the problem does turn out to be hardware - which seems unlikely given the tests I've run and the smooth transition to Fedora - I'll still be sticking with Linux. The backup works and getting software/updates is trivial and non-time consuming. Since my first priority is data and my second is time it's a perfect match.