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post #1 of 5
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Briefly,

1) All but one (1) of my 26 letters are allocated to partitions or hard drives

2) I have a problem with the hard drive #Q dropping out of both Explorer and Computer (Disk) Management. Unfortunately this drive contains my files for online backup.

3) Strangely enough, this problem clears up by rebooting the computer.

4) The problem is occasional only - and involves this hard disk only.

5) Naturally I ran ChkDisk, which is convenient but not thorough, so ChkDsk telling me no problem is no comfort.


I see only one of two possibilities: Obvious - HDD is dying
-- or --
Some problem with Win 7 64 bit Ultimate and my lack of extra drive letters (unlikely I think)


OS: Win 7 64 bit Ultimate
HDD: Western Digital 1 TB Green

Any assistance or even commiseration would be appreciated. thumb.gif
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post #2 of 5
Possible bad sata cable or connection?
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OCZ VERTEX 2 50GB SSD/WD 500GB Blue/WD640GB Black Samsung DVD/RW Corsair H-50 Windows 7 home premium 64 Bit Retail 
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OMG! How could I be so stupid as not to think of that? Thanks, will replace immediately.
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post #4 of 5
Time to take it out back and shoot it.
post #5 of 5
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Nah, not really. It seems that Office 2010 needs the Q Drive in Windows 7, so it cannot be used.

I never knew that. Even more embarrassing. Gonna change drive letters.

Just Google "Q Drive" or "Mysterious Q Drive" for more info.

Thanks guys. smile.gif
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