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Disappearing Hard Drive

Here's my issue. I recently built a new pc. I have three hard drives installed. One is a new Samsung 840 Evo that recently had Windows 7 installed. Another is a Toshiba MK3252GSX that was recovered from my dead laptop. The Toshiba is still running the laptop's Windows 7. The third hard drive is an old Maxtor 6V160E0 that I was intending to use as a data drive.

I am able to boot into the old Windows 7 on the Toshiba. While there I can see the Maxtor and interact with it. I was able to pull off data and format it. However, when booting into my intended primary (and eventually only) version of 7 on the Samsung, the drive will show up and then disappear shortly after.

I've updated the bios. I've tried reseating the cables and moving the hdd in question to another sata port. I've removed the jumper that was on the drive so that it should be able to achieve full Sata 2 speeds.

I'm trying to get this drive up and running so I can pull things off the toshiba before removing windows and formatting that. Eventually I intend to run 7 only off of the Samsung and have the other two drive as storage. I'm really at a loss on this one and figured I would ask here as a last ditch effort before giving up. Thanks for any and all help.

Full specs:
Asus M5A97 R2.0
AMD FX-6300
Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8gb DDR-1600
Asus 24x DVD-RW DRW-241ST
Asus Radeon R9 270
Corsair 600W ATX12V
Rosewill RNX-N250PCe wireless network adapter
Corsair 200R ATX Mid

Samsung Evo 840
Toshiba MK325GSX
Maxtor 6V160E0
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  1. Best answer
    That maxtor is an 8+ year old model. Having problems only when booting from the SSD are likely coincidental.
    The drive is in the early stages of failure most likely.
  2. That's a very valid point that I hadn't taken the time to consider. Probably best just to let it go. My frugal side just didn't want to hear sense.
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