December 20th, 2009, 03:52 PM #1
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Is my HD Bad, or just toying with me?
I've searched threw several threads of the old dissapearing hard drive issues and tried everything I could find to solve this issue with no luck.
-Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz
-G31-M7 TE mainboard
-4GB DDR2 800
-XFX 8600GTS 256mb
-1 Western Digital SATA 250GB HD (With Windows Vista)
-1 Freshly formated Seagate SATA 250GB HD (For storage only)
-Rosewill 450 watt power supply (14A and 16A dual 12V rails)
Originally Vista picked up the extra HD and installed the drivers, everything looking good so I started installing my games onto the Seagate storage HD. After installing I was ready to play some but upon putting in the CD and clicking the shortcut I got no response. Went into my comp and noticed the HD was gone, went into managment and it wasn't pick'd up there either.
So I shut down, checked my connections on the cords (They where fine) and re-booted. Loaded up, Both HDs there, everything looks good. About 20min later poof, she's gone again. So I shut down and moved the sata cord to one of my other slots thinking that one may be bad. Loaded up and Vista installed the drivers again and I went ahead and changed the drive extension to Q so it wouldn't step on any other devices toes. Loaded one of my games and played for about 30min and then poof game freezes and once the dust settles I notice the storage HD (Seagate 250gb) is gone again. I've also tried replacing the sata cable with one I've had laying around with no change. Also when I first start the comp the HD shows in the Bios, however if its been running a while and the HD dissapears and I re-start its no longer in the bios (Shutting down completely is the only way to get the HD back).
I don't know where to go next. This HD was on my old computer and had XP on it, used to work ok with an OS on it and now without one it goes bye bye.
Any idea's? I would lean towards a bad HD but how does it work flawlessly for 20-40min and then dissapear? Especially since I've seen so many threads about dissapearing HD's ending up being some other issue.
December 20th, 2009, 09:36 PM #2
Yes, I believe it is the HD going bad. The most likely part is the circuit board, possibly do to overheating. Place a fan blowing on it and see if it stays running.Asus M4A785TD-V EDO, Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 Gig DDR3 1333 Win7 64 Home
December 20th, 2009, 09:38 PM #3
You can also download the seagate diagnostic tool from their web site. You can run HD Tune
to check for temperature and many other diagnostics.Asus M4A785TD-V EDO, Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 Gig DDR3 1333 Win7 64 Home
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