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Undetected Hard Drive (Sometimes)


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#1 IamBatman

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 12:22 AM

At random times when I am using my computer, it will suddenly freeze. I restart it, only to find out in the BIOS that the hard drive is not detected. I have to fiddle around and restart a few more tiems to get it to be detected so I can run it as the primary master. I don't know why it randomly goes undetected, although I did just install two sticks of 128MB PC2700 RAM(The right RAM for my computer). It may have something to do with me now using Dual Channel RAM, or so it would seem. I do not understand though, my computer often freezes - when before it never did. Does anyone know what could be happening that would make my hard drive undetected randomly every once in a while like this?
I have 768 MB of RAM(now), a AMD 2600+, an Nvidia Geforce FX 5500 256 MB Ram, and Windows XP - if that helps. Oh and my hard drive is a 120 GB Maxtor that has never had problems before. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 07:37 AM

Hello IamBatman and welcome to BC.

I would suspect that when you installed the ram you somehow made the hard drive cable loosen up. Go back in there and and check that the cable is properly seated at both ends. The fact that it is not detected in the bios sometimes would tend to point to that.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 01:58 AM

At random times when I am using my computer, it will suddenly freeze. I restart it, only to find out in the BIOS that the data hard drive is not recovered. I have to fiddle around and restart a few more tiems to get it to be detected so I can run it as the primary master. I don't know why it randomly goes undetected, although I did just install two sticks of 128MB PC2700 RAM(The right RAM for my computer). It may have something to do with me now using Dual Channel RAM, or so it would seem. I do not understand though, my computer often freezes - when before it never did. Does anyone know what could be happening that would make my hard drive undetected randomly every once in a while like this?
I have 768 MB of RAM(now), a AMD 2600+, an Nvidia Geforce FX 5500 256 MB Ram, and Windows XP - if that helps. Oh and my hard drive is a 120 GB Maxtor that has never had problems before. Thanks in advance.

A drive shouldn't die when the computer goes into sleep mode. It's more likely just stuck in sleep mode, there's probably some trick to force it out.

Edited by loggertene, 01 July 2013 - 02:00 AM.





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