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Windows 7: Windows Losing 2nd Internal Hard Drive


11 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Windows Losing 2nd Internal Hard Drive

I've searched the forums without much luck. I have tried everything that was suggested but it did not seem to help.

I've been running my current set up for roughly two years and it has been fine until recently. My secondary drive for programs, storage, etc. will just disappear. It does not happen on any set routine or anything, just randomly.

If I restart I do not get the drive back, however, If I shut it down and plug the drive into a different port it recognizes it again. I've gone back to the same port numerous times so none of the ports are bad. I've changed sata cables and power cables. Still getting the issue.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated...Thanks!!


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11 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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When you restart and, as you say, you don't get the drive back, is it being picked up by the BIOS (you will need to enter it to find out) ? If it isn't, then it won't be picked up by Windows or any other OS.
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11 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Nope. The BIOS does not recognize it on a simple restart, nor if I shut down completely and power on. If I shut down and change ports the BIOS does recognize it..along with windows ofcourse.
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11 Sep 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Assuming that we are talking about SATA drives, are you using latching cables?
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11 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

sorry I guess I never specified, but yeah it is a SATA drive. And yes they do latch.
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19 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

bump. any other ideas? Stayed alright for about a week now but just disappeared again this morning.
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