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#1 slicedtoad

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 06:42 PM

I'm trying to update the driver ntfs.sys but i can't find it in the control panel 'Device Manager' utility. The actual file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory.

Is there an easy way to update drivers besides going through the 'device manager' utility?

btw, i'm trying to troubleshoot a bsod error and my small amount of knowledge with .dmp files leads me to ntfs.sys driver as the problem.

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 07:38 PM

It can possibly be a damaged hard drive
http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-x...sod/176765.html
I would go to the support site of your hard drive manufacturer. Download their diagnostic utility and see what it finds
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:53 PM

the WD software won't work properly for me. It gives me an error during the cable test (and replacing the cables didnt help).
But fixing my bsod problem isn't really why i posted here.
I'm looking for a way to update drivers while only knowing the name of the driver and not what it belongs to.
When i go to my driver directory there is a very long list of drivers placed in alphabetical order, is there a way to tell what device each driver belongs to?

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 06:41 PM

Is there a specific reason that you want to update drivers?
Unless there is a problem it is best to leave them alone
Also keep in mind that there are software drivers besides hardware drivers
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Posted 11 January 2010 - 12:18 AM

software drivers... thats why i couldn't find all of them in the device manager.

thanks, i've learned something new and i fixed my bsod problem (it was a hardware issue).

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 12:25 AM

Just an FYI.

Software drivers do and will show up in Device Manager. In particular many anti-malware programs.




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