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Hard Drive Failing + BSOD

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March 22, 2010 12:23:37 AM

I think one of my HD's is failing. Suddenly for about 3 days I'm getting a BSOD. Today I decided to make sure everything was backed up and I decided to create an image of my boot drive. So...I decided to completely empty out one of my drives to use it for the image file.

Before I continue here's my setup:

Win7 Ultimate
X58 EVGA MOBO i7 920
3 x 1TB HD's & one 500GB HD the 3 TB drives are WD Black drives (not suitable for RAID)
6 GB ram
DVD drives x2

I cleared one of the 1TB drives and decided to format it. I also had a small partition on that drive from an earlier Ubuntu installation and decided to delete the volume altogether and start fresh. (I have Ubuntu on a small partition on the C: Drive)
Anyway, after deleting and then recreating a new volume I now cannot seem to make it active.

I have gone through all the steps to do it and when using Windows administrative tools it tells me that it is active and I do see it in my "My Computer" window but if I reboot the drive disappears. I have tried using the WD Acronis True Image app that comes with the drives and it goes through the process of "Adding" the drive without any errors, but again, once I reboot the drive is gone.

I may be mistaken but I think a couple of time I got the BSOD I was doing something with that drive, of course I can't say what was happening the first couple of times it happened as I had a ton of stuff open on my desktop.

I believe it's that drive causing these problems. Any opinions one way or the other? And is it a pretty safe bet that if I can't assign a drive letter and it keeps disappearing then it is in fact going bad?
a b G Storage
March 22, 2010 12:01:32 PM

So you're not sure which drive is dying?

If it was me, at this point I'd at least back up key files using windows file copy, then make another copy to a DVD, and verify on a separate PC. Then fiddle with drive images. If it's a bad drive, the image could be messed up as well, so I would make that my fallback.
March 22, 2010 3:39:16 PM

Actually I am pretty sure which drive it is. Luckily it's not the boot drive and right now there are no files on it. Everything is backed up at this point so I wouldn't lose anything even if I had to re-install my OS:) 
a b G Storage
March 22, 2010 4:23:11 PM

take that drive out, run the PC for a bit, see if the BSODs stop.
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