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The last few weeks I began having occasional incidents of blue screen of death (BSOD). Here is a photograph of the one that occurred on June 12, 2013:

BSOD Photo

As you can see, it says it's "Initializing disk for crash dump" - but unfortunately, it never actually writes the dump file.

Here are the contents of the C:\Windows\Minidump directory:


and the last dump is from over a year ago.

I have set it to dump, thus:

Startup and Recovery

I would like to know how I can get Windows to return to actually creating the dump files. Obviously, I'd also like to stop the BSODs from occurring, but without the dump files it's much harder to find the root cause. At any rate, I am not looking in this question for how to resolve this particular example of a BSOD - I want to know how to get Windows to create the dump files when a BSOD happens. Why does it seem to hang instead of actually completing to write the dump file?

EDIT 2013-06-23 - Pagefile info:

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When a system is unable to generate a crash dump the storage device is likely to blame. If your storage device is starting to fail, then you won't be able to generate a crash dump, because the storage device cannot be even written to by Windows once the crash happens. – Ramhound Jun 19 '13 at 12:06
@ramhound - thanks for the suggestion. FYI I've had this problem over a year and the disk displays no other signs of impending failure - and it passes diagnostic tests. Any other ideas? – yosh m Jun 20 '13 at 6:01
@magicandre1981 - since it doesn't get created I can't really know. But i assume it would be about 300k like the ones in the directory from a year or two ago. (see above) – yosh m Jun 20 '13 at 6:38
I would just duplicate the data on the disk and replace it. Huge HDDs are dirt cheap. Other hardware failure could be to blame including the memory so run memtestx86 and report back. I would also reinstall your display drivers. – Ramhound Jun 20 '13 at 11:22
ups, I mean Pagefile size. How large is the pagefile? – magicandre1981 Jun 21 '13 at 4:41

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