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HDD disappearing

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October 13, 2010 6:45:27 AM

A few weeks back my 1tb western digital hdd started disappearing from my "computer" I could not explore it or access it at all, and it wasn't just the icon disappearing its not in my device manager either. After it originally started happening about a week later my power supply died, so i figured it was the last on the line for sata power and wasn't getting the power, i bought a new power supply (cooler master 650w gx) installed it and booted up and my hdd was fine for about 2 weeks, suddenly tonight i started a defrag on my hdd (perfect disk 11) and my drive disappeared again. I thought maybe the connectors, but everything was fine, so i rebooted checked my bios its recognized in my sata 3 port, i boot up and can access and run the drive for about 10minutes. I don't believe this has anything to do with it but i recent did a windows update and after booting it did a "drive check" i believe or diagnostic or something checking the ntfs format of my drive.

Any ideas on why this might be happening, did i fry the drive running it with the dying power supply? (old supply was a 6 year old thermaltake 500w silent pure power)

anything that doesn't involve formating, the drive is about 75% full and id really rather not lose anything on it.

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a b G Storage
October 13, 2010 9:36:17 AM

If you can get it to be seen, run the companies drive checker. Download it from the website of whoever made the drive.
a b G Storage
October 13, 2010 4:05:00 PM

Welcome to the forums!

Try changing cables.
Change SATA ports.
Check power management, Windows "turn off disk after" setting in Power Options

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October 15, 2010 3:52:52 AM

I ran the diagnostic on the drive and the quick run came up with no errors, when i run the full diagnostic, twice, and i BSoD both times. i tried switching cables same issue, when i changed sata ports and the drive wasn't recognized what so ever. and i haven't gotten the the power management, but when i format my drive i usually set a power management, so that nothing turns off, but unless there's advances settings, i haven't been able to chk the settings cause its BSoD before i went to work.
a c 83 ) Power supply
a b G Storage
October 15, 2010 4:12:27 AM

What is the blue screen error message?

Sounds like something is broken somewhere. Probably the drive, but might be the controller.
October 23, 2010 3:25:49 AM

well now it seems like i cant get the BSoD which i guess is good, but the problem is its like every 2 weeks the it happens. So i guess i have to wait for it to happen again to get the code of the BSoD but luckily i backed everything up now so if it is the drive I can have it warranty replaced.