I am not sure if this issue has anything to do with my Intel SSD, nevertheless I wanted to ask first here. I have a Thinkpad X61 Tablet PC with Windows 7 Pro installed on Intel X25-M G2. My system is regularly updated, with proper antivirus software installed. It has been great for about 8 months since I installed fresh OS on my brand new SSD. Not so long, here is my horror story:
Today I decided to reinstall my Bluetooth drivers since it was giving an error everytime I turned wireless switch on. Original Lenovo driver installation didn't complete, giving a strange Windows error. I tried again, same error. So I googled the problem, there were suggestions about uninstalling the original driver first. Duh, I said, and went ahead. Whoop, all Broadcom drivers are gone. Then one final driver was left, something like Lenovo Bluetooth EDR driver, I clicked uninstall. The machine stalled for a minute or two with very high SDD activity. Meanwhile, somehow I wanted to check My Documents folder, and whoa, nearly empty! I said to myself, it must be something to do with non-responding explorer.exe, so when I saw "You need to restart now" message on uninstall window, I went ahead and clicked. Oopps. Windows couldn't boot.
So, I used my system rescue disk (every month I take a system image using Windows backup tool) and tried to repair. No way. It only allows me to reinstall a system image. Well, I took the SSD out, put it in an external SATA case and looked up its contents. Out of 30GB data, only 7GB was left! I used a data recovery tool and recovered some data that I didn't back up earlier (my critical work is backed up many times a day). Strangely, only about half of my data was in recoverable state. Thanks to my regular backup routines, I didn't lose anything.
System recovery worked like a charm, though. I am back to July 6th 2010 on my machine.
What is going on? Of my all 20 years computer experience, this is the first time I see my data is erased without my will. Do you have any ideas? Has this happened to anybody else?
Thanks for listening, and thanks in advance for comments.