I am running Vista 32 and have separate hard disks for my OS/programs, storage, and backup. Over the past week or two my storage hard disk has been disappearing from My Computer at random time intervals. However, it would reappear each time I rebooted my computer. Early today it disappeared and later reappeared with a window asking me how to play the files on the disk (as if I had just plugged in a flash drive). Now it is gone again but it is not reappearing with a reboot.
I just went to Management > Windows Logs > System and found a stack of warnings. Source: disk, Event ID: 57. It says "An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk2\DR2 during a paging operation."
I'm not sure if the hard drive is failing, the mobo is failing, or if it's a software problem. Anyone have any ideas? I need to figure this out soon because my wedding slideshow is on the disk and my wedding is in only 2 days!
Well, the drive wasn't showing up in the bios so I presumed it was dead. I purchased a new 2TB WD Green to use as a backup drive with the plan of moving my old 1TB backup drive to replace the dead storage drive. Yesterday I unplugged what I thought was the dead drive and plugged in the new 2TB one. After booting, I realized I had accidentally unplugged the 1TB instead of the dead one. I then turned the machine back off and swapped the 1TB back in for the dead drive. However, this time my system wouldn't boot.
I get the message "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."
At this point I thought I had made another mistake. My system drive is identical to my dead storage one so I thought I had accidentally unplugged the system drive while leaving in the dead drive again. After swapping the two drives, I tried to boot again and got the same message. Finally, in my drive confusion, I plugged in the drives one at a time and loaded into the bios to see if the system was recognizing them. Neither my old system drive nor dead storage drive showed up. I tried using different SATA cables, power cables, and SATA ports on the mobo without success. Both sometimes make a clicking noise when I power up the computer. When I did the same with the 1TB and 2TB drives, they both show up in the bios, but they obviously didn't boot since Windows is not installed on them.
I'm now beginning to think that BOTH my system drive and storage drive have just failed, but I find this hard to believe. Doesn't it sound pretty unusual for both drives to fail at once? The system drive seemed to be working fine until yesterday. Does anyone have any thoughts as to what's going on? I hate to have to buy another new HD...