Hard drive keeps quiting

Asus / G75vx
September 21, 2015 at 13:35:48
Specs: Windows 10, Intel I7 quad core
So I recently put two brand new drives in my ASUS G75VX laptop, a 500Gig SSD for the OS and programs and a 2 Terabyte mechanical drive for data. The mechanical drive will just stop working after a few days. At first I thought the drive went bad so I returned it and got a replacement but this drive does it as well. I will be reading or writing to it and the data transfer rate just stops. At this point I can't access it anymore. If I go into the BIOS, it doesn't show up. Now here's the weird part, if I physically remove it from the drive bay, then reinsert it, it starts to work again. It can be seen by the BIOS and can be read from and written to just fine for a few more days until it starts acting up again. It's not thermal creep or the drive slipping back from the connector, I have verified the drive is screwed down tight and I see no movement in it's position. The laptop is only a couple of years old and has gold connectors for the SATA and power connections so there isn't any oxide on them, I've even taken a brush with a little alcohol on it and cleaned the connectors just in case.

Any ideas?

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#1
September 21, 2015 at 16:34:53
"So I recently put two brand new drives"
Did you do that before installing W10?

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#2
September 21, 2015 at 16:37:09
Yes, it's a fresh install of Windows 10 on the new SSD straight from a Microsoft flash drive. All drivers are up to date and no yellow exclamation marks.

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#3
September 21, 2015 at 16:52:32
You probably have an uefi motherboard.

The 2 Terabyte mechanical drive needs the GPT partition scheme for UEFI computers.

More info about uefi.
http://www.howtogeek.com/175649/wha...


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#4
September 21, 2015 at 17:08:13
Good catch I didn't even think about that. Thanks John, I'll have a look at it tomorrow night when I get some free time.

Would that make the drive not visible to the BIOS/UEFI when booting to it, then show up again once it's removed and re-seated??

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#5
September 21, 2015 at 17:27:51
"Would that make the drive not visible to the BIOS/UEFI when booting to it?"
Maybe it exceeds the limits of the bios.
Maybe a bios update will fix.

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#6
September 21, 2015 at 18:04:47
I should have mentioned, I did update the BIOS after the first time the drive failed. It's the darndest thing that reseating it brings it back to life but I'll try the GPT file system and see if that works. Thanks again for your help John.

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#7
September 21, 2015 at 18:08:55
Your bios may offer dual Legacy/Uefi mode, if not try selecting the opposite to what it is set to now.

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#8
September 21, 2015 at 18:35:16
Will do.



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