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Hard Disk disappears from my computer drive list

By matav
Oct 4, 2008
  1. OS: Windows XP SP2

    well... my computer is on for many hours... non-stop
    the HDD i am having problems with is an 80gb BARACUDA SATA HD
    It's full of TV shows/cartoons and useless stuff... so thats the reason why i labelled it "TV Shows".

    the issue i am facing is:
    I start my computer, & whether or not i access the TV Shows HDD, it just disappears from the explorer / my computer drive list after any arbitrary time period.
    I then restart my PC and there it is again. But then again disappears after a long time.
    When i go to device manager, the hard disk is not to be found even after scanning for "new hardware". It's like the HDD switches off.

    My computer is permanently on and the "TV Shows" HDD is seldom used.
    No background disk usage occurs on it either.
    I have other SATA HDD's too but none behave in the similar manner.
    The computer heats up so i have kept the side case open too.

    After using "Disk Investigator", it reports no problems with any of the HDD's.
    Although the temperature readings of the HDD are:
    HDD 1: 35°C
    HDD 2: 43°C
    HDD 3: 42°C - - "TV Shows"... the one giving problems
    which is fine, although they are too hot but it's because the room temperature here is between 20°C - 30°C.

    What could be wrong?
    I made sure the cables are fixed properly, changed the SATA data cable, also switched it from SATA port 2 on motherboard to SATA port 3, but only this HDD plays hide n' seek.

    What can be done in such a case?
    I'd appreciate your help.
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    Probably failing since it cold runs OK. Bearings most likely.

    Better backup soonest.
     
  3. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 174

    its not like it runs OK when cold
    when the HDD disappears, i quickly restart and there it is again, and it's pretty hot too
     
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    -Right click my computer then select manage.
    -Double click event viewer then select system.
    -In the discription section look for anything that says DISK.
    -If you find one and it has a red circle X then double click it to read the info.
     
  5. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 174

    hmm...
    now this seems interesting
    many Warning and one Error

    warning message reads: "An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation."
    error messgae reads: "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\D"

    the D means my D drive so i'm sure this is the one for that harddisk that was disappearing now and then

    one thing is sure that it has to replaced soon... well if something doesn't work well it always means that it has to be replaced
    but even so; exactly when does Paging Error & Controller Error occur?

    can someone please answer this in an elaborate manner?
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    This is a sure sign of impending hard drive failure... Back up or move its imporatant data immediately. Replace the drive when you can, or just remove it from your system. You were extremely lucky to receive these error messages and still be able to access the drive. You must have S.M.A.R.T enabled. Don't ignore this drive warning, act now
     
  7. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Look here

    But check your mbd cables.A new one might be necessary.
    Buy the new round type.
     

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  8. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 174

    well i was hoping the pic u attached was of a pic of this cable u r suggesting just so that i'd get an idea of which cable u mean

    yeah! no doubt... well it is inevitable
    thank god SMART was enabled or else i'd be... well annoyed. big deal.
    time to move on.
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Don't worry about round IDE cables, just use what you are used to. Round, flat no electrical difference
     
  10. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 174

    hmm... i googled it
    the only prominent advantage being that they don't restrict air-flow inside the cabinet like the flat ones do.
    well... worth noting.
    but... just, not for my situation cauz i don't think any one will go connecting a SATA HDD using an IDE cable
    It's a round IDE cable... there ain't no round SATA cable cauz it's not required

    maybe i'd buy one of these round IDE cables for my DVD-RAM and my other IDE HDD... maybe
    it'll make my cabinet neater
    other than this it seems this topic is closed

    thnx
     
  11. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    Yes -at post #2 it should have been.

    :)
     
     
  12. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 174

    lol!
    yeah... actually even before i started this thread
    but who knows... some wierd solutions lie out here

    but exactly what did u mean by
    is it a wheel or something?
     
  13. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    All things that spin have a bearing - watches use jewels, engines use rollers and balls, etc. Your HD uses bearings.
     
  14. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    I had 2 reasons

    Your present flat cable may be damaged.Buy either (their cheap)
    Upgrade to the roomier neater round colored style.
    You should find a picture at places like Best Buy or a local store.
    I can't snapshot inside my case.
    :D
     
  15. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Do you mean this thing? (Sata data cable)
    [​IMG]
     
  16. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,423   +7

    Not exactly

    Only if you have a SATA Motherboard and HD.
    The IDE has 2 connections Master and slave and looks much the same,only it's round.
    :)
     
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