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Hello folks,

I have an older WD 750 GB drive that I use for storage. As of late (the last couple months), it randomly disconnects and Windows can't find it or see it. Sometimes it doesn't do this for weeks, other times it does it several times in a day.

I've checked the connections and they don't seem loose on either end (HDD, PSU, or SATA)..but each time I open it and re-do the connections it seems to get better for a small time, but maybe that's just chance.

Is this a tell tale sign that a hard drive is on its way out?
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post #2 of 11
Have you tried using another SATA cable?
post #3 of 11
Yeah I'd try a new SATA cable and power cable if you can.

Also how warm is it? A HDD is ussually comfortably warm to the touch the top of it. A HDD that is too hot to touch is ussually one that is about to die in my experience.
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post #4 of 11
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I'll try a different sata cable and power cable, but the power cable is a double and my ssd doesn't cut out so it likely isn't the power.

Thanks for the suggestions so far guys.

It may also be worth noting that when it cuts out, it is often refound without me doing anything..does this point to overheating?
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post #5 of 11
Have you run HDTune? Also HWmonitor will give temps. It dose sound like a short in your sata cable though. Have you tried more than one sata cable?
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post #6 of 11
I had a problem similar to this and it turned out to be a loose sata plug on my board. I pressed it back into place and never had another issue with it. If youre gonna change the cable it may be worth checking your plugs and maybe trying a different one while youre in there.
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post #7 of 11
If it's nothing physical (which tbh, is the most likely cause), then try updating your chipset drivers.

I have seen older boards with strange random disconnection issues that were solved by updating chipset drivers.
     
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Kramy View Post
If it's nothing physical (which tbh, is the most likely cause), then try updating your chipset drivers.

I have seen older boards with strange random disconnection issues that were solved by updating chipset drivers.
Could that still be the case if it's not happening on my SSD as well?

@topic - I am definitely going to try a different SATA cable, I didn't realize they could have shorts.
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
Could that still be the case if it's not happening on my SSD as well?
I suppose, in theory.

Drivers are very complicated pieces of code. I can't really say why or how they malfunction. But it is plausible that an HDD (with 5-50ms response times) might be affected by different bugs than an SSD. (with avg 0.1ms response times)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BlahBlahBlah View Post
@topic - I am definitely going to try a different SATA cable, I didn't realize they could have shorts.
I've encountered four bad SATA cables so far. They're surprisingly common. I've also encountered bad USB cables and bad CAT5e cables.
     
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post #10 of 11
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I am now getting this message:
"You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it."

Any ideas?
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