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post #1 of 6
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Greetings.

One of my HDD's randomly disappearing lately from file manager and device manager. All i can see in event log is that the driver found an control error on \Device\Ide\IdePort3. If i search for HW changes in device manager it "comes back" and i can use it but its slow(even before it disappaers). Interrupts not eating the CPU so i have no idea where should i start... The HDD is a WD10EARX-00N0YB0

Is my HDD going to die or something else at fault here? worriedsmiley.gif
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Replace the SATA cable with a brand new one. It's the easiest first step, which helps more often than you might think smile.gif
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post #3 of 6
This happened to an hdd I had last year. It would dismount then mount over and over. Until one day it wouldn't mount no matter what I did. I suggest you back up everything on it.
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Nothing important on it fortunetly, just games but it will be a PITA to re-download my steam games... :/

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The sata cable is only one year old, but its worth a shot. I change i tomorrow.
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post #5 of 6
Start CMD, type "wmic", then type "diskdrive get status" and check what reports. If its OK, then its OK (somewhat). You can download Corsair SSD Toolbox (really small and fast to use), then check the SMART Status page for information if something is close to Treshold values - usually that would be the Reallocated sectors.

Also, fire up that Resource monitor, and check under Disks for Disk Queue lenght if it rises above 5. If yes, problems with HDD. If no, search somewhere else.
Also, Linux Mint comes with built-in SMART test utility, you can burn a DVD or get it on USB flash for Live Session, you can run Extended bench test to see if will give any errors.
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post #6 of 6
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According to HD sentinel its in perfect shape:


Disk Queue lenght is under one while copying from it(with a painful 8MB/s)....

/EDIT
Changed the cable but its still slow....

/EDIT2
Now its throwing I/O defvice errors... :S

/EDIT3
Okay it seems the cable was faulty. Plus i have 3 faulty SATA cable(1 that was causing the issue and two factory waste)....


For me the interesting part is that the interrupt process didnt eat my CPU all the time bacause of this... worriedsmiley.gif
Edited by jagdtigger - 1/31/16 at 3:20am
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