Windows – Hard drive sometimes not detected

hard drivewindows 7

I have an internal hard drive (E:/) that is not showing up sometimes. If I reboot my computer it will sometimes appear, and sometimes not. It is a 335gb 7200 rpm IDE.

All of my data seems to be intact, and I have checked the cables to make sure no disconnections have occurred.

Anyone have a suggestion for where to start diagnosis?

Best Answer

I'd suggest starting your diagnosis process by backing the drive up ;).

Then, if its a seagate drive, run seatools or its counterpart for the drive make - ifI tend to favour running smartmontools with its gui instead and run the smart tests in order (from short to long)- you can find a comprehensive list of attributes on this wikipedia page

Chances are if the drive is blinking out, chances of failure are fairly high,

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