Event ID 11, Disk: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3

As the title says, i get this error in my event viewer a lot. I can't say it causes any issues or blue screens, but i am trying to understand what it means exactly, because i think it may be an indication of a hard disk failure?

I have 3 hard drives on my computer and 1 of them is split in 2 partitions for system and data, 1 usb stick for readyboost. How can i identify what is the drive with the code Harddisk3\DR3? If it is the usb stick i don't care that much, but if it is one of my internal drives i need to make sure i find out which one it is and start checking for errors or backups.

I am on windows 7 home premium x64, fully updated with latest updates from windows update on everything.

 

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Have you looked in Disk Management to see what Disk3 is?

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Most likely culprit: the 1 usb stick for readyboost.

Readyboost on Windows 7 x64 is broken:
On my own computer today, I confirmed that both usb sticks that were dedicated to Readyboost in Windows 7 x64 Ultimate were causing "Event ID 11: Disk: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1".

When not dedicated to Readyboost, the 2 USB stick were confirmed to be in perfect working order.

I stopped using Readyboost until Microsoft fixes it.

Sincerely,

Daniel


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I have no disk 3... this is a laptop with only

1 SATA HDD

1 USB Printer

1 USB External HDD

1 USB Wireless for Mouse and keyboard.

Windows 7 SP1 all updates...

 

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Type Disk Management in the Search Box above the Start Button and look in the lower pabe of the window. You will find some information there about the Disk 3 you say you do not have.

 

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sorry it really does not help.. Disk3 is a duh

Disk 0 is main HDD

Disk 1 is Printer - USB

CD_ROM 0 is all that is listed....

 

I do not run the external USB Drive all the time - only when i need it..

for backups

 

makes no difference - use Computer - right click Disk management

still the same... there is no D3 - sorry need more assistance...

even Dell says I have NO Disk 3 in the standard Setup of DELL A2305.

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Connect your external USB Drive and look.
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disk 3 is either 100mb for windows or its a hidden partition with all your original windows install files, it would be a type of factory reset.

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You are mistaken! A disk is a complete drive, which may or may not be divided into partitions. The 100mb  System Reserved is a partition with no label (letter) located on the same disk / drive as the System (Windows) partition.  The System Reserved partition can be larger than 100mb. A hard drive is connected to a port on the motherboard. The ports are numbered 0, 1, 2, etc., and the disk number will match the port number. However, other storage devices can also have a disk number. A hidden partition has no label (letter).

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Thanks, that helped me out with a USB that would not show up as an available drive.

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You are mistaken! A disk is a complete drive, which may or may not be divided into partitions. The 100mb  System Reserved is a partition with no label (letter) located on the same disk / drive as the System (Windows) partition.  The System Reserved partition can be larger than 100mb. A hard drive is connected to a port on the motherboard. The ports are numbered 0, 1, 2, etc., and the disk number will match the port number. However, other storage devices can also have a disk number. A hidden partition has no label (letter).

I have had the same problem that blue boy reported above. The other day my computer hung on startup, it didn't even get to the fancy Asus startup screen (i forget what its called but thats when you can enter the bios). It was just a blank screen. This has happened occasionally before but without any effect, I just restart the comp and its fine afterwards.

However this time I checked the event log and noticed an 'Event 11' which said that "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3". The only thing is, I don't have a hard disk 3, or a drive 3 of any kind, at least not according to Disk Management.

One a couple of occasions I had this error before it was on a hard disk 2, which was the USB stick I had plugged in at the time. However on this occasion there were no USB sticks plugged in.

I'm usually used to rummaging around and figuring out these issues myself, but im really scratching my head over this. Any help would be much appreciated!

Luke

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