For some time now I have been confused by my motherboard main screen (shows motherboard type and a picture) which had started to take sometimes up to 5 minutes to bypass. Sometimes just because it was quicker i'd go through the motherboard BIOS and hit "Discard and exit" simply because it was quicker than waiting. I noticed that my secondary hard drive had something wrong with it. Something about the IDE controller would fail to work (according to the motherboard loading screen after exiting the BIOS).
In the past few hours I was attempting to copy something from my external portable hard drive to my secondary when Windows 7 crashed. After I rebooted I decided to error check the drive (ticking both boxes). I then proceeded to take a nap for an hour and when I came too, the desktop was back to normal with no Error check box. I thought to myself "Oh it must be okay then". I then noticed that the secondary hard drive was not showing up in My Computer.
I rebooted yet again and windows 7 began to crash. Sometimes at the windows 7 loading screen, sometimes upon logging in and other times after a few minutes of logging in. Each time I checked My Computer and although the drive was there, there was no information or little icon showing how much space is left.
After much annoyance I decided to pull the SATA cable out for my second hard drive and boot. Windows 7 loaded sweet as a nut and I have been writing this from the same PC.
Any ideas what's wrong with my hard drive? It is very useful for back-up, though, not so much now.