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How does HDD break?

My HDD is three years old. It was working just fine, and suddenly, and stopped. The bios setting says there s no HDD detected. Then I unplugged the sata cable of the HDD, and then plug it back in and it works. Then after about half an hour, the computer stops working again, same problem. And I unplugged and plugged it back in again.

Is this because of my HDD? Is my HDD dying? Or is it because of the SATA cable? Please!! I need a quick answer.

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  • Lv 7
    9 months ago
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    dude! you need to back your files up NOW!

    don't do anything else before you do. that drive is on it's last legs...

    i've seen it a dozen times. get a USB drive and back important stuff up first.

    • Cheatawin9 months agoReport

      Wellll.... Too late for that. I was trying to copy my photos (I'm an amateur photographer), and it failed again, and it's finally dead now. RIP

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  • Who
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    you would be wise to backup the drive ASAP (If its the C drive then also do a system backup)

    BUT it sounds more like either the SATA cable or SATA psu cable (could be the connectors) or the cables not pugged in correctly

    The one thing you NEVER do when you suspect a hard drive failure is piss about doing tests without 1st backing up the drive

    and its better you dont even switch on the computer until you are ready to do it

    You never know - the NEXT time you switch on your pc maybe the LAST time the drive EVER works

    you start doing tests before backing up and the drive fails- you are f///ked

    the risk maybe small - but why run any risk at all?

    Check these AFTER you have backed up up the drive (And system)

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Hard disk drives that are solid state breaks faster. This is due to the wear that is on the chips that gets really hot. Actually your longevity of a solid state drive depends on the manufacturer. If you go cheap with an offbrand the failure rate maybe higher.

    Traditional hard disk drives don't usually go out, but they can and do. This is because of either several factors, the sealed metallic case breaks and dust gets on the platters or the read write heads fail or the mechanism of the spinning discs fail. Mechanical failure can occur.

    • Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      HDDs die ALL THE TIME...don't know what dimension you're from.
      however, most of this is due to Windows' default settings, which are to start and stop the drive every 15-30 minutes of inactivity, all to save a little energy.
      i always tell it to turn off HDD NEVER! the drive will last much longer.

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  • 9 months ago

    overloading on the disk

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  • 9 months ago

    I don't know why 'Rick' got two thumbs down. Problems or failure the spindle are a leading cause of Hard Drive failure. Problems with the reading arm and a known cause as well. In General, too many things can go wrong with a Hard Drive.

    In the past I've had problems with the SATA cable. As pointed out, Failing SATA ports on the motherboard or a failing chipset can also lead to the issues you're having. If the DVD drive won't read and it's not detected in the BIOS, and the USB ports are cutting in and out, then this could be indicative of a bad chipset.

    If you're going to replace the drive, it's worth it to buy a new SATA cable anyway. They're cheap.

    With troubleshooting, you usually start with the small stuff first, like testing the failed drive with the SATA cable and SATA power connector that are connected to the CD/DVD drive. There are too many things that can go wrong with a HDD.

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    • Sasha Whitefur
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      A regular HD, can have a head crash, due to dust. It is useful afterqwards, but can continue deteriorating Once the Boot sector is damaged, ther is really nothing more you can do with it, when that happens, replace it immediately..

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Blame the HDD first. It has the moving part. Moving parts wear out. A cable is just a bunch of wires.

    . As you can get it back on, now is the time to back up you important files that you wrote(letters and such and save it to USB stick. Then take it in to a shop. They can always load Win 10 to a new HDD but your important stuff is gone. Music or videos you downloaded you can always do that again...as the internet is always around.

    I mean they will check for malware to see if that is doing it, or some other component that is shutting it down. If they find nothing then you are looking at a new HDD.

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  • 9 months ago

    could be either the cable or the hdd. you hope it's the cable ... cheaper to replace

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  • 9 months ago

    There is more to a HDD than just the disks that hold the information. There is a small 'green-board' which works with the computer in getting the information to the disks. When this board goes out, you will lost access to your files.

    What appears to be happening on your disk is that either the HDD connector or the drive's green-board is having problems. If you have not already, back up all your files, photos, settings etc to a removable disk or flash drive and look into getting a new drive. Good news is, if you can unplug the drive, you can easily replace it yourself!

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    • Marvinator
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      If this is a desktop, the old drive can be installed as a slave and you "MIGHT" get files saved off it that way. If it is a laptop, you will need to see about getting a USB connector/adapter for your old drive.

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  • 9 months ago

    It's probably not the hard drive, but it's not necessarily a problem with the cable, either. The motherboard itself could be defective. If you have an optical drive installed, the quickest test would be to swap the cables. If it still fails, then you know it's not the cable. Short of putting it in another computer, I can't think of an easy test to tell if it is the hard drive. If you have an optical drive, you could try booting from a CD/DVD, waiting some time, and then seeing if the operating system on it has crashed or can't read the disc. Plug the cable from the optical drive into the connector on the motherboard that the hard drive is using, just in case it's a problem with that specific connector and not the entire chipset.

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  • Rick
    Lv 5
    9 months ago

    They disks are spinning very fast, and eventually the bearings wear-out and the whole thing crashes ..............

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