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Old 30-01-14, 02:59 PM
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The curious case of the missing hard drive

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Been having an issue for the past week or so. One of my hard drives seemingly keeps disappearing after start-up, most of the time its there, as normal, but intermittently after start up it is gone altogether (boot time seems rather increased on these occasions.) Generally a restart will solve the issue and i also checked the leads were secure, and everything seems fine there. I've been scratching my head over this one and wondered if anyone could cast a bit of light onto the situation?

If its relevant I use one SSD for my boot drive and another for Steam, there never seems to be an issue with these, but have another single HDD just for bits a pieces, and this is the one that keeps wandering off.

A mate suggested i update my drivers as it might be an issue there but I wouldn't be sure which ones would need doing.

Any help would be great.

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Old 30-01-14, 03:07 PM
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What's the make and model of the Drive in question?
Could be a faulty SATA lead, I recently had issues with a Drive vanishing and magically reappearing.

Could also be a faulty drive controller.
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Old 30-01-14, 03:15 PM
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does it dissappear from "My Computer" only or physically too, I mean you open your case and its not there :O......
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Old 30-01-14, 06:17 PM
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What's the make and model of the Drive in question?
Could be a faulty SATA lead, I recently had issues with a Drive vanishing and magically reappearing.

Could also be a faulty drive controller.
It's a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB, i'll look into changing the SATA lead, i'll need to get another one first though, whats the solution if its a faulty drive controller?

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does it dissappear from "My Computer" only or physically too, I mean you open your case and its not there :O......
Just my computer smart guy, and by my computer I of course mean "My Computer"

That'd be some weird s**t though, if every day you sat down and pieces just started going missing out your rig
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Old 30-01-14, 06:29 PM
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It's a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB, i'll look into changing the SATA lead, i'll need to get another one first though, whats the solution if its a faulty drive controller?
I've never looked into fixing a drive controller sorry I just bin the drive and get a new one.

Not sure if anyone else has swapped out a controller before.
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Old 31-01-14, 01:49 AM
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I have had drives do that and fail shortly afterwards. I would backup your data now. After that baring a cable issue. Would run S.M.A.R.T. diagnostics if available and windows check disk for starters.
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Old 31-01-14, 02:42 AM
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I had the exact same thing happen. The culprit was a loose (and wonky) SATA cable. Replaced that with a new one, problem solved. I seriously doubt it's a controller issue, especially if only 1 drive is vanishing. My $0.02CDN.
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Old 31-01-14, 02:09 PM
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Thanks for the advice all, i'll update when i solve the issue or if i run into difficulties.

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I have had drives do that and fail shortly afterwards. I would backup your data now. After that baring a cable issue. Would run smart diagnostics if available and windows check disk for starters.
My first though to that was "naa it probably wont come to that" and then i looked and seen how much i would miss if it suddenly packed in, needless to say everything has been backed up haha! cheers!
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I had the exact same thing happen. The culprit was a loose (and wonky) SATA cable. Replaced that with a new one, problem solved. I seriously doubt it's a controller issue, especially if only 1 drive is vanishing. My $0.02CDN.
When I said it "could" be the controller I don't mean the sata controller on the motherboard I mean the controller board that is found on the under side of the HDD usually removable with a couple of hex bolts, they fail quite often usually through over heating or static discharge it's not forced to be that it could just be that the drives health is critical or as simple as the sata lead is faulty.

EDIT to check the health of the drive use a program like Speedfan and check the S.M.A.R.T data.
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I had a cable loose once.. it would work but the connections wouldn't be secaure despite being snapped into place. When it would short out the PC would shut down.. replaced the cable with some old sata 1 cable i had and its been working fine since.
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