I have this problem, my hard drive is really inconsistent lately.
The Hard Drive is a Western Digital 200 GB hard drive, 3.5". I used to have a desktop with this in it. However, I moved and left my desktop, but decided to take the hard drive out and bring it with me. I bought an external casing to accompany the naked hard drive. It was working fine then, with my laptop, a HP dv6500.
A few days ago, it starts acting up. The computer would just stop there and it hanged. The computer would simply become unresponsive. I thought it was the computer. However, when I unplug the drive, my computer is okay again. Sometimes, it would just stops in the middle of me watching a movie from the hard drive. I really don't get it. Also, when I restart my laptop with the hard drive attached on the USB, Vista wouldn't boot up.
Is the problem really on my hard drive? If it is indeed, is there anything that I can do to fix this? Should I buy a new hard drive instead? I don't mind if it suddenly go broken. It's just that it's inconsistent, sometimes it works well, sometimes it doesn't. I don't know if buying a new hard drive would fix the problem.
Edit: Also, another thing that I might add, the hard drive is already almost 3 years old, if that helps in anyway
Edited by KIDRoach, 12 January 2008 - 06:26 PM.