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Windows 7: Hard drive keeps dropping out

17 Mar 2011   #1
stubzy11

Windows 7 home premium 64
 
 
Hard drive keeps dropping out

A couple days ago I removed one of my hard drives and reinstalled windows 7 to a new SSD. I have a second hard drive that stores all my documents, music, videos etc. Since then the second hard drive will disappear from windows completely. I can not see it in the computer folder or in device manager. Then if I restart the computer it will be back for a couple of hours...

Any ideas on what this could be??


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17 Mar 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi Stubzy,

Welcome to SevenForums!

A couple of things to check :

1. Is the SATA cable securely plugged into the MOBO and drive? Could it be a loose connection?
2. Can you install and run CrystalDiskInfo on the problem hard drive, and paste a maximised image of it here for us to look at?

Others may have other suggestions too.

Regards,
Golden
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17 Mar 2011   #3
Orbital Shark

 
 

You may also wish to check your Power Plan Settings to make sure that Windows isn't accidentally set to disable the drive after a certain amount of time.


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17 Mar 2011   #4
stubzy11

Windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Thanks for the quick responses, I went for the easiest thing to check first and found that my hard drive was set to turn off after 20 minutes. I didn't know this was even possible but I think this could be it. Thanks again and I will be posting again soon if this wasn't the problem!!
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17 Mar 2011   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Cool. That would be great if it was that. Let us know.

Regards,
Golden
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