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Possible Hard Drive Failure,Disappeared from My Computer

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August 17, 2012 11:22:39 PM

So I just completed a clean install of Windows 7 and I was installing some software that was originally on my primary HDD to my secondary HDD ,and the installation was taking so much longer than usual, The progress bar was almost full then it slowed down, then completely stopped, so I just gave it some more time. I opened my browser (Opera) to go on youtube and pass the time but my speed dial was gone! and the "Speed Dial File" is located on my secondary HDD, so I thought to myself that either the file is corrupt or something happened to the hard drive. I checked "Computer" and sure enough its gone! Its gone on both Computer and Disk Management, but for some reason is detected by BIOS. its the "Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM ST3000DM001" This happened after only after 1 month of use. I have over 1.5 TB of data on that hard drive, and I pretty much install everything on that drive, I have a back up but my data is constantly changing, I wanted a RAID setup but I really dont have the money for that :( 


http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...



Is there anything at all I can do? Is my data 100% lost? An help would be appreciated.


Specs:

ASUS M4A88T-M Motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200 320 GB
Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM ST3000DM001
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V Power Supply
SAPPHIRE Radeon 6950 OC Edition
Kingston ValueRAM 4GB 1333MHz
Windows 7 Ultimate X64
August 18, 2012 12:58:43 AM

Ok so I just rebooted my PC and the hard drive is back! Works just as good but what if it happens again? is this a sign of failure?
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August 18, 2012 2:12:17 AM

Its seems to have passed all the tests... Maybe its just windows, It was JUST after the clean install, Ill keep looking into it but thank you for the answer :) 
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a b G Storage
August 18, 2012 8:21:04 PM

i would suggest you to change the sata cable and the power one from the psu see if that fix the issue adding this check if there is a new bios for those big drive on asus
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August 20, 2012 11:32:35 PM

The drive is fine for now... but ill try what you said if it acts up again, and im going to try to save up money for a second HDD and setup RAID.
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August 21, 2012 12:09:57 AM

just keep a eye on it and as soon it will start to do that again back up your data and rma if it still under warranty
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August 24, 2012 3:16:03 AM

Best answer selected by Joab4652.
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August 24, 2012 3:16:18 AM

Well I guess i'll choose you as the best answer lol
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October 3, 2012 11:06:17 PM

Had exactly the same behaviour, Seagate 3TB brand new (maybe 20 hours of use, just to back up all my pictures) on a Mac under Mountain Lion right now. Disk disappeared, even disk utility did not list it, and then restart and it reappears. How is yours?
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October 4, 2012 8:58:30 AM

mggm59 said:
Had exactly the same behaviour, Seagate 3TB brand new (maybe 20 hours of use, just to back up all my pictures) on a Mac under Mountain Lion right now. Disk disappeared, even disk utility did not list it, and then restart and it reappears. How is yours?

it works perfectly fine, this was the only problem ive had with it... Ive had it for exactly 3 months now and its been running 24/7 basically, so its always on and in use and I haven't had anything out of the ordinary happen.
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