How to eliminate ftsata2 driver problemsThe ftsata2.sys (Promise driver) file is a Windows driver. Generally, drivers are used by Windows to enable internal components like graphic cards and drives, or external devices, such as printers, backup media or input devices.
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The ftsata2.sys process is also known as Promise Driver for Windows Server (Version 2003) and is a part of Promise FastTrak Series Driver or, as the case may be, ftsata2. This software is produced by Promise Technology (www.promise.com). An obsolete or defective version of ftsata2.sys can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Promise driver has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Promise driver has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ftsata2.sys has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ftsata2.sys. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ftsata2.sys Promise driver
ftsata2.sys is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file ftsata2.sys is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 175,104 bytes (87% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 175,616 bytes.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. Ftsata2.sys was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. ftsata2.sys appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 17% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ftsata2.sys. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about ftsata2?
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How to uninstall Promise FastTrak Series Driver or ftsata2
To remove Promise driver from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Promise FastTrak Series Driver or ftsata2 in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if ftsata2.sys (Promise driver) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Promise driver. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Promise driver or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ftsata2.sys is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.