Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Fairly new hard drive keeps disappearing...

24 Jun 2013   #1
Akutalji

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Fairly new hard drive keeps disappearing...

Last month, I built my first DIY rig (yay ) and it's been running as smooth as butter, up until a week ago. I originally only had the HDD, using it for the OS and storage. Two weeks ago I added in an SSD, using it as my OS drive and putting all my games and media files on the HDD.

Last week, I noticed that my media drive dropped out of windows. Checked My Computer, not there. Neither in the Device Manager. So I reboot into the BIOS, and it's there, so I load windows and it happened again after a few hours.

This has been happening on and off and very randomly since. I've already configured my power settings to turn off drive idle, replaced the SATA cable, switched SATA ports, tried the old cable in another port, re-seating the power cable, using a different power cable (modular PSU), all does nothing. It continues to randomly happen. Even as I type, the drive is non-existent to my OS.

Any help would be appreciated.

P.S. Apologies for the long thread, just wanted you guys to know what I've already done. Again, TY. :P


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2013   #2
Akutalji

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Update: First time booting into the BIOS that the drive couldn't be found. Re-seated the SATA wire and try again...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2013   #3
Brooklyn67

windows 7 home premium
 
 

the power connection to the drive is probably weak or bad

use a different power cable, and make sure you can hear it spin..

Check the data cable while you at it as well, but I believe its the power cable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jun 2013   #4
Akutalji

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brooklyn67 View Post
the power connection to the drive is probably weak or bad

use a different power cable, and make sure you can hear it spin..

Check the data cable while you at it as well, but I believe its the power cable.
Like i stated in the original post, power cable was re-seated and swapped, and problem still persists.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Fairly new hard drive keeps disappearing...




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Disappearing Hard Drive
Recently a 500GB SATA drive, which had behaved perfectly in two years of constant use, and on which I kept my Steam games folder, started to disappear from My Computer and from Disk Manager. Sometimes Disk Manager could bring it back on 'rescan drives', but sometimes not, so I bought another 500GB...
Hardware & Devices
Hard Drive Memory disappearing and c:\END appearing in c drive
First, sorry if I'm a little slow with some of this as I'm moderate with my computer knowledge. Earlier today I had 517 gb of memory available in the C drive. I restarted my computer earlier today and once it restarted I saw I was down to 1.84 gb. I ran crap cleaner already and did a quick scan...
Performance & Maintenance
Hard Drive Keeps Disappearing
I have 3 drives in my system. Boot Drive 2TB WD Black Caviar 3TB Hitachi Deskstar The 2TB will come & go. Sometimes its there, sometimes it's not. I have replaced the HD (it used to be a Hitachi), replaced cables, changed drive letter and even replaced the motherboard to no avail. Any...
Hardware & Devices
Hard drive memory is disappearing
Forgive me if I've posted this in the wrong forum. Hopefully if I did a moderator will move it to the right place. I've got a Dell Inspiron running Windows 7. I just opened a my computer window and noticed that I have almost no space left on my C drive. I've got 1.8 GB free of 58.5 GB, down...
Performance & Maintenance
Partition on Hard Drive Disappearing
I have a hard drive problem that really puzzled me. I have a 120GB HD from my old computer with window XP on it. It was partitioned in 2 drives; 1 drive with 40 GB with window XP system, the other drives with 80 GB for data file only. I recently bought a new HP desktop with window 7. I...
Hardware & Devices
hard drive disappearing
ok so, the last 2 weeks at random intervals. my D (back up) drive has been just disappearing and the only way to get it back is to restart. the only time you notice is when a file cannot be found or if you look in my computer. the Device Manager does not show anything either, even after a...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:12.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App