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Help With Disappearing Hard Drive


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Dr. Cox

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Computer was reformatted a few weeks as the main hard drive stopped working. Had to change it to my 2nd hard drive after being reformatted and was working fine until today.

Had left the computer and came back 15 minutes later to find it had froze. Restarted it and it seemed to take a lot longer than usual to load up. Thought nothing of it but then was looking for something and discovered the 2nd hard drive isnt showing in my computer. Not in device manager or disk management either. Just seems to have disappeared.

There was no error message or anything, if i unplug the hard drive the computer starts up at usual speed, plug it back in it takes ages without saying there's a problem.

Tried google but most results seem to be for installing a new hard drive and that isnt the problem here as it was set up and working fine. Anyone know what i should try?

Thanks
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So your previously second drive is now your main drive, and the original drive has failed?

The presence of the original drive and the system taking ages to boot are a sign that the drive is defunct and needs replacing. They don't last forever, they're just mechanical bits that eventually wear out.
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So your previously second drive is now your main drive, and the original drive has failed?

The presence of the original drive and the system taking ages to boot are a sign that the drive is defunct and needs replacing. They don't last forever, they're just mechanical bits that eventually wear out.

Yeah was kinda thinking that but thought id try and see if there was anyway fixable.

thanks for the reply
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Had a drive like that a while back. Finally gave up on it. It also showed no errors and the drive manufactureres diognostics showed no problems. It is now a drive that i mess around with.
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