Microsoft has released a patch that is fixing a bug that some Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users are experiencing after resuming their operating systems from hibernation or sleep state. These users experience stop error messages when resuming the system, to be precise one or multiple of the following stop error messages:
The cause for those error messages are SATA hard drives that require more than 10 seconds. The timeout of the SATA driver in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is set to ten seconds and the error message is produced as a result of this timeout.
Only large SATA hard drives are affected according to Microsoft. Large hard drives seem to be those with a capacity of 1 Terabyte or larger.
Consider the following scenario:
* You have a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
* The computer has a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard disk.
* The size of the SATA hard disk is large. For example, the size of the SATA hard disk is 1 terabyte (TB).
* You put the computer into the Sleep state or into the Hibernate state.
* You try to resume the computer.
In this scenario, you receive one of the following Stop error messages:
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users who are experiencing these difficulties are asked to install the patch that Microsoft has relased on their support website.
Other users do not need to install this patch which will be integrated into Windows 7 Service Pack 1 which Microsoft aims to release in 2010.