This is a strange problem.
In a nutshell, I get a “Bad Pool Header” error message when booting into Windows 10 when I have an internal hard drive connected to a SATA connection. Subsequent reboots after Windows tries its automatic repair and diagnosing may include the additional messages “KMODE exception not handled “and “Page Fault in Non-paged area”
The devil is in the details. This problem also occurred on my previous pc and was one of the reasons I did a major upgrade (CPU, motherboard, 32 GB memory, M.2 SSD system drive, CPU cooler, power supply and case). I did transplant a couple of SSD’s and a 5TB WD Green hard drive, and optical drive. I am running Windows 10 Pro. In my both pc’s I was getting the odd error caused by one of the two EVGA GTX 970 cards so I removed the apparently faulty one.
I don’t think the WD hard drive itself is the problem. It had been running without errors and I tested it in another system without problems. I also tried another good Seagate hard drive in place of it and the same error occurred.
What I have tried -
1. If I disable the hard drive in the BIOS (or physically disconnect it) my system runs well (once I uninstalled some flakey software from ASUS and Corsair).
2. I have tried booting into safe mode – the error still occurs.
3. Tried SFC /scannow – no problems found.
4. Fastboot is disabled, SATA port 5 with the hard drive is disabled, otherwise BIOS defaults.
The frustrating thing is that there are very few error messages generated and no dump files until I ran Verifier. Windows error reporting service is set to manual. It seems like it might be a driver since the problem still occurs even booting into safe mode. I tried driver verifier and it produced a crash on the first bootup.
Perfmon doesn’t produce a report, but the zipped file with the results of the Sysnative BSOD Dump + System File Collection App is attached.
Many thanks for any assistance.