I just built a new system two days ago using a Vertex 3 SSD as my C: drive with Windows 7 installed on it and a Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB as my storage drive. Everything was great for 2 days: windows 7 started flawlessly, I installed MS office and other programs on the D: drive. The only thing I noticed was that there was an occassional click from the HDD. This morning I updated the driver for the JMB controller but then Windows hung when I reboot the system at the start up screen. I was able to restore Windows to a previous restore point but now I can't access my D: drive and chkdsk doesn't reveal any problems saying the there is no problem with the file system of D:. I can see the disk icon and label but there isn't the bar displaying the disk volume. Also none of the shortcuts to programs on the D: drive are present on my desktop. Is it possible for a HDD to die after two days of operation? And, were those occassional clicks "click(s) of death"?
Thanks for your responses. Unfortunately, it died and I couldn't backup my data. I did download the hitachi fitness test but I didn't run it. I was able to RMA the drive and its replacement has been silently running for the past week. I was foolishly thinking that these larger drives made the same amount of noise as the older IDE drives from the earlier 90s, but the replacement drive is very quiet.