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Hard Drive turns off and on

by theonlybuster / July 21, 2007 1:57 AM PDT

I have a Hard Drive, it's no less than 2 years old, and it randomly turns off then back on without warning. And of course when this happens everything locks up.

The Computer itself has a secondary hard drive, it's new and i've never had a problem, and this information is kind of irrelevant because regardless of it being installed or not, the other hard drive still turns itself off and on.

I fixed the problem once before but I recently had to reformat my computer and I did not keep a copy of the program I used to fix it.

Any ideas?

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informationI forgot
by theonlybuster / July 21, 2007 1:59 AM PDT

By the way I'm running Win XP

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Have you 'tested the HDD at question with the HDD
by VAPCMD / July 21, 2007 3:54 AM PDT

mfgs DIAG ? Each has a DIAG to test their drives...suggest dowloading and testing.

Let us know.


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by theonlybuster / July 21, 2007 2:36 PM PDT

and how do i do that?

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(NT) Have you checked the mfg's website ?
by VAPCMD / July 21, 2007 11:00 PM PDT
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still lost
by theonlybuster / July 21, 2007 11:06 PM PDT

You're explanations are so vague... please elaborate

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To find out more, tell more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 21, 2007 11:16 PM PDT
In reply to: still lost

You have told us no details about your hard disk such as make and model. Given so little to work with we have to use generic answers like this.

"Go to the hard disk makers web site and see if they offer you a diagnostic. Use that to test your hard disk."

If you had supplied the make and model then some will supply you a link and possibly the exact test to run.


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Questions always help
by theonlybuster / July 21, 2007 11:45 PM PDT

That's why people ask questions to find extra information others mistakenly leave off... It's a Western Digital

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That question is asked each time you post.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2007 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Questions always help

You may be missing those "words in red."

It's an ongoing issue in these forums that many disregard those words and lose time and maybe getting a fast accurate answer.

As to the Western Digital added information, I think my prior reply is sufficient for you to go find the articles or software. But without the model number I decline to look since the issue could be related to that specific drive.

Unlike call in support where you pay, you need to consider this is all volunteer so make it easy for others to help you out. If you don't know the make and model just say so and members will note methods to fill in the missing details.


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(NT) Have you looked at the drive MFG's website support ??
by VAPCMD / July 22, 2007 12:40 AM PDT
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How do you mean?
by jackson dougless / July 21, 2007 4:02 AM PDT

What do you mean when you say it turns off and on? If you can describe the symptoms a bit, it would help in understanding just what the problem is.

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by theonlybuster / July 21, 2007 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: How do you mean?

Randomly while I'm using it the hard drive will stop spinning as if it doesn't have power, and a second later start spinning again.

It's always a random time; 5 minutes today, 3 hours tomorrow, 15 minutes the next time.

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Problem Fixed
by theonlybuster / July 22, 2007 1:14 AM PDT

OK the problem's been fixed.

Some people on Yahoo Answers sent me a link to a program to fix it...

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(NT) You don't want to share the fix?
by tomron / July 22, 2007 2:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Problem Fixed
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(NT) Would have been nice...doubt we'll hear !
by VAPCMD / July 22, 2007 5:57 AM PDT
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