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So one of my neighbors computer stopped working (I fixed it in 2010) When you turn it on, right after the BIOS check, it just restarts over and over. I checked the RAM first, and it kept doing the same thing. I took the hard drive out and it wouldn't repeatedly restart. So I took the hard drive home and plugged it in to my laptop using a USB to IDE cable. First thing I tried was to run a disk check on it. After about 10-15 minutes, the hard drive just turns off no matter what it's doing. Whether it's working or not it just turns off. It was manufactured in August, 2007 so it's not that old. And it sat for over 2 of those years so it hasn't gotten much use. Anyone know what could be wrong? Thanks!
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Without asking for details, had a similar situation where hard drive would turn off after about 20 minutes. Took me 4 days of troubleshooting to determine that Norton settings had gotten tweaked and the setting had been checked to turn hard drive off after 20 minutes.

Went into safe mode to determine whether it was hardware or software, hope this helps...
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Without asking for details, had a similar situation where hard drive would turn off after about 20 minutes. Took me 4 days of troubleshooting to determine that Norton settings had gotten tweaked and the setting had been checked to turn hard drive off after 20 minutes.

Went into safe mode to determine whether it was hardware or software, hope this helps...
Hmmm....Yeah that's a good point, but when it's plugged into my laptop through a USB it wouldn't be running any of the programs from that hard drive. Plus I set hard drives to never turn off on all my computers
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Lack of use can lead to dried out bearings. Considering it's about 4 years old and probably only had a 1 to 3 year warranty it's quite possible that it is failing. Does it get hot when you are running it? If so, it's quite possible that it is a motor or bearing problem causing it to over heat. Try placing a fan right next to it to cool it off and see if that helps.

Also, what brand, model, etc. is it?

Next time you can get it to power on and get recognized by Windows (or any other OS) run a SMART scan using GSmartControl, HD Tune, etc. to see what it says. I have a feeling it's going to show that it is failing.

Finally, it won't be any of the power saving features of the OS or bios since it has problems on two different systems.
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Lack of use can lead to dried out bearings. Considering it's at least 4 years old and probably only had a 1 to 3 year warranty it's quite possible that it is failing. Does it get hot when you are running it? If so, it's quite possible that it is a motor or bearing problem causing it to over heat. Try placing a fan right next to it to cool it off and see if that helps.

Also, what brand, model, etc. is it?

Next time you can get it to power on and get recognized by Windows (or any other OS) run a SMART scan using GSmartControl, HD Tune, etc. to see what it says. I have a feeling it's going to show that it is failing.

Finally, it won't be any of the power saving features of the OS or bios since it has problems on two different systems.
Thanks for the reply. It's a Hitachi Deskstar HDS721616PLAT80. It doesn't get hot at all, literally. Not even warm. I'll try using HD Tune to scan it
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post #6 of 13
I'd say that drive is on its way out, i.e. dying. A similar situation happened when I had 3 Hitachi drives in RAID 0 inside my AMD build a while back. I'd say the head is crashing into the platters at random times.
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A Hitachi lasted 4 years? Time for a replacement.
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A Hitachi lasted 4 years? Time for a replacement.
Why is that? They are more reliable than anything Seagate has made in years and just as reliable as WDC or Samsung.
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^.

I just bought a new Seagate 1tb retail.

It lasted all of 1 week.
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It passed all the smart tests surprisingly. I've never been a huge fan of Hitachi, nor do i dislike them, they are just meh. I prefer Seagate
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