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Windows 7: Hard drive keeps disappearing

1 Week Ago   #1
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 
Hard drive keeps disappearing

I run 3 SSD's 2 x Samsung boot drives and a MX500 for take images (C,D & E) but over the last few weeks my E drive just keeps on disappearing i bought DiskGenius (70) thinking I had partition issue as disk managemengt (DM) told me i need to format the drive so i thong maybe i had lost a partition table somehow, and DG got it and all was fine for a few days, now it's going all the time, i am able to load up DG and put the partition table back and gain access to the drive with no issue for a while (after i have given a drive letter in DM) but then she will go again, i have done nothing else, i dont think replaceing cables will help but what are your thoughts, should i take everything out and replace the wiring or is there a software issue at work that others have heard of, this is how my drives stand right now,


7U x64 Asus Z87 Deluxe MB first 3 HDD runnning of the chipset of the board.


All1




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1 Week Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Do you do images automatically or manually stop it and see if it's that doing it
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1 Week Ago   #3
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Do you do images automatically or manually stop it and see if it's that doing it
I do them manually but the drive is dropping out while in windows sometimes when i'm doing nothing, when i take an image i always come out of windows and use a boot disk


All1
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1 Week Ago   #4
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi

just to check its not the drive but the connection, loose wire etc, have you tried another drive in it


Roy

EDIT it must be recognising it at boot otherwise F would be E, DM alphabetizes them in order
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1 Week Ago   #5
svnfrms2r

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, updated monthly
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alloneword View Post
I do them manually but the drive is dropping out while in windows sometimes when i'm doing nothing, when i take an image i always come out of windows and use a boot disk


All1

Had the same issue, the following worked for me.
If it is a USB drive, use USBoblivion first.

Take it offline in disk management, reboot, then take it online again, then give it another drive letter, (use USBoblivion), reboot again, then give it again your chosen drive letter.
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1 Week Ago   #6
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi


svnfrms2r,
Thats actually a good idea, i remember know, for some reason certain drive types were eroniously treated as USB's

Roy
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1 Week Ago   #7
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

No it's not a USb drive, set up is as follows:
SATA 1 - Samsung 840Pro 128GB (Win 7 boot) C

SATA 2 - Samsung 840Pro 256GB (Win 7 boot) D

SATA 3 - Crucial MX500 1TB (This is the problem drive) E

SATA 4 - WD 1TB Black F

SATA 5 - WD 3TB Black G

SATA 6 - DVD Burner Z (yes some of us still have them in place)



I also have another 6-8 drives running of a Adaptec SAS Adapter 7805H controller card


This system has been running fine for donkeys and never any issues, when i fire up CrystalDiskInfo it gives no issues with this drive nor does Crucial own software, I do have some spare power SATA cable i could swap out but won't get a chance to do this till Tuesday daytime, i was just wondering if there was a issue within windows that i could try before opening the case up.


All1
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1 Week Ago   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I would check the cables.
Enter BIOS to see if the MX500 is recognized on the SATA port.
When the disk isn't seen on Explorer, open Disk Manager (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc). Is the disk seen there?
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1 Week Ago   #9
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

It is seen in the bios with no issues, just windows is a problem, i have just had a thought i never use the 128GB windows drive it's just there as a back up if case my 256GB drive dies i will reboot into that OS and see if it's there.


Yes it's seem in DM but no letter is given to it when i right click and hit "chnage drive letter etc" i add the letter E to it which is it's normal allocation it comes up in explorer with no issues but will not stay there for long.


All1
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1 Week Ago   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Did you checked the cables?
When it disappears from Explorer, open Disk manager. What you see?
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