Here's the setup:
- Dell Precision M4700 laptop
- Windows 8 To Go installed on a week-old Patriot Tab 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive
- Laptop natively runs Windows 7 Professional
- From Windows 7, flash drive was set to favor performance instead of quick removal
I had booted into Windows 8 To Go on my laptop and I was doing some audio editing. I was rendering some audio to WAV. The render was nearly completed, and the disk was nowhere near being full - I had about 10GB free, and the render should have used up a little over 1GB.
My digital audio workstation hung at 100%, and the application window 'whited out' as Windows does when an application becomes unresponsive. I expected this - my Windows 8 To Go setup is mind-breakingly slow with anything regarding disk IO.
But then, after a minute or two, I got the Windows 8 BSOD.
- If I boot the computer with the flash drive in, it hangs at the BIOS splash screen
- Windows 7 does not recognize the drive when I plug it in
- The drive does NOT show up in
diskmgmt.mscOR in the Device Manager - not even as a device that needs troubleshooting. As far as I can tell, the USB port it's plugged into shows up as empty.
I have not yet had the chance to boot into Linux and check to see if it's recognized there... but does anybody have a clue of anything that I could do to fix this problem from within Windows 7 - and more importantly, does anyone know what could have happened to cause this?
TL;DR: Win8 To Go BSODs on a disk write operation and now Windows 7 won't recognize the drive at all.