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Weird hard drive issues

Post by Calavera » Tue Oct 15, 2019 2:35 pm

I have my OS on an SSD and then have two additional drives for storage. The first drive is a WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive I have had a problem for awhile now where it would randomly disconnect and would no longer show up in My Computer. Usually rebooting would fix it but sometimes it wouldn't even show up in the BIOS and then if I unplugged it from the board and plugged it back in it would show up and work. I figured the drive could be going bad so last December I purchased this Seagate BarraCuda ST3000DM008 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive It was working fine but sometimes it would also disappear and have the same issue as the other drive.

With the Seagate drive it seemed it would usually disconnect when I was doing something that was actually using the drive. Most often it would happen when downloading. I unplugged them and plugged them back in to different ports on the motherboard and it seemed the problem had went away. Until a couple of weeks ago when the Seagate disconnected. I rebooted and it would show up in My Computer but only for a short time before disappearing again. When rebooting again it wouldn't even show up in the BIOS and Windows would take much longer to load. I tried different ports on the board but had the same results. Sometimes it would appear in the BIOS but then Windows would load very slowly and it wouldn't show up in My Computer. I noticed when the computer would first power on the drive would make kind of a click noise. Just one click, not several in a row. It didn't really sound like a click of death but I figured the drive had died even though it was less than a year old!

Just to be sure I hooked the drive into another PC. It booted up and recognized it just fine. It doesn't do the click upon startup like it did in my PC. I was even able to copy a few 100 gigabytes worth of data from it to the drive in the second PC. So I tried hooking it back into my PC to see if it somehow worked now and had the same results as before. Either detected in BIOS then not showing in Windows or just not detected at all. This was a week or two ago. Today I hooked it up into the secondary PC to see if it still functions and it works just fine. I was able to access any file I wanted on it and it seemed to operate with no problems. I've looked at the SMART data and there was no errors. I ran checkdisk when I first hooked it into the secondary PC and it found some kind of file related error but repaired it.

Is it just my motherboards SATA ports that are somehow screwed up? I would think so but it seems weird that the SSD drive hasn't been disconnecting since both the WD and Seagate drives were. Any ideas of what could be causing it? The Seagate HD isn't even a year old and while it could fail that quickly it seems rare that it would. I was sure the drive had failed but the fact it is working on the other PC seems to disprove that. At this point I don't think I will be able to use it in my PC anymore, but why? What would cause it to disconnect then not work anymore on one PC but work fine on another?

One more thing I forgot to mention. At some point during these issues the power on count and power on hours of the WD drive seemed to have reset. This isn't a big deal but also wondered what could cause that to happen and if it may be related.
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Re: Weird hard drive issues

Post by ian » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:11 pm

It's the motherboard!
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Re: Weird hard drive issues

Post by Calavera » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:43 am

ian wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:11 pm
It's the motherboard!
I'm going to switch back to my previous motherboard. It is basically the exact same board except it is an H77 chipset where the one I'm using now is a Z77. The main difference is the H77 doesn't support overclocking so I'll be back down to the stock speed which really probably wouldn't even make any difference. It is at 4.2ghz now and stock is 3.8ghz.
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Re: Weird hard drive issues

Post by Calavera » Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:02 am

ian wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:11 pm
It's the motherboard!
Well I tried the other motherboard and still get the same issue. I don't get it. I even ran a full chkdsk /r and it came back fine. For now the only way I can really access from my PC is through the network while it is connected to the other PC.
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