|My current system has two physical hard drives, one with Windows installed (IDE) and the other used for storage (SATA). I have an external hard drive for backup purposes (USB).|
I was just going about my usual business when my computer restarted itself, though I'm not sure if this was a random restart as my router also restarted itself for some reason. Whilst restarting, the POST took far longer than usual, and when I finally got into Windows, the storage drive was no longer detected.
I rebooted to enter the BIOS, and again the POST took a while to process, and there was a final line of text that I didn't get to read as I was quickly taken to the BIOS. The drive remained undetected.
What's even more strange is that the external processor light on my computer (the one that lights up whenever there's computer activity) is now permanently lit.
The only conclusion I can come to is the hard drive having some physical problem, but I can't imagine why, and the processor light is beyond me. I haven't overclocked any part of my system, and if it's down to a weak power supply, why would my separately powered router restart itself? If it was a power cut the computer shouldn't have even restarted, and other electrical devices in my house should have shown problems too.
Now whenever I restart my computer the POST takes significantly longer than usual to process, the processor light is permanently on, and the drive is not detected by the BIOS.
I do have the important data backed up so it's not a major loss for me, but still I'd rather have the other data than not.