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Windows 7: Hard drive suddenly turns off o_


15 Sep 2012   #1
M R

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Hard drive suddenly turns off o_

Hello everybody.


I recently bought a second hard drive for my machine. The previous one I had is now a secondary drive, meaning I am booting from the new one and using the older one for data storage.

I have noticed that for some weird reason, the older drive sudddenly stops working when I'm not using it! I can clearly hear how it stops completely as if I had turned off the entire machine. When I try to access it to see what's wrong, it just turns on before I can diagnose it. Is this normal? Is the second drive about to die?

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15 Sep 2012   #2

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

It could be power saving feature, but I'm not sure.
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15 Sep 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi,

That sounds like it is hibernating (turning off) to conserve power as its not being used. This sounds completely normal.

Have a look at this to help you change the settings, if thats what you want to do:
Hard Drive - Turn Off Hard Disk After Idle or Never

Regards,
Golden
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15 Sep 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It's not normal. Do you have Advanced Power Setting set to turn off the drive? Try a drive diagnostic for your brand drive.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure
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15 Sep 2012   #5
M R

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Well, the hard drive did fail somehow a couple weeks ago. The Windows 7 partition suddenly disappeared from it after a power shortage. The Linux, partition, however, is still alive and kickung so I decided to get a new HD and move the information there before it's too late.
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15 Sep 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I would deep six the failed drive and get a 2nd new one if you have your data from it.
Take it apart and salvage the magnets, they are fun to play with and very strong.

That doesn't explain why it shuts down. did you try anything presented here?
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11 Oct 2012   #7
M R

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hello everybody. I gave it all this time and nothing bad has happened. The problem was what Golden said: the Windows 7 feature. I disabled it and now everything is fine.

Thanks everybody.

PS. I will, however, get a new drive and make a copy of this one, just in case.
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12 Oct 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome and hopefully you have a fully stable system now.
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