Solved why would my hdd keep trying to spool?

Hewlett-packard / M7645
August 19, 2015 at 06:18:02
Specs: windows 7 , dual core2 duo 2.12Ghz 2GB RAM
I have transferred a hard drive which works perfectly in one pc to an old pc. When I power it up, the hard drive starts to spin and then seems to reset and start to spool up again. sometimes it works ok for a little while. but then it'll go back into a cycle of trying to spool up again. As this hdd works in another pc I'm stumped on what is wrong with it. I'm thinking maybe the power supply is struggling with the current for some reason? has anybody got any ideas what could cause this please?

message edited by jbevuk


See More: why would my hdd keep trying to spool?

Report •

✔ Best Answer
August 19, 2015 at 08:51:45
I'd also take the precaution of duplicating/copying anything imprtant on the drive in question to another storage media. Typically DVD at least; and even another external hard drive too is nice(r).

This will ensure that "if" the drive fails - for whatever reasons... - your "stuff" is already safe elsewhere.



#1
August 19, 2015 at 06:23:12
I'm not sure what you mean by "spooling." Is it booting? Is it a Sata drive with an OS on it? More information would allow us to help you.

Report •

#2
August 19, 2015 at 06:29:33
I mean you can hear the Hdd drive trying to spin up. Yes it is an sata drive with windows 7 on it. sometimes it boots when the hdd is spinning. but eventually it will go back to the cycle of trying to get up to speed. when this happens. the pc will lock up until the hard drive is spinning again.

Report •

#3
August 19, 2015 at 07:30:22
Check your hard drive settings under the advanced power options. Make sure Windows isn't turning of the disk after, say, 30 minutes.

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
August 19, 2015 at 07:35:54
Thank you all for your replies. It does this every 5 seconds. And while the pc is booting. So it wouldn't be to do with the power saving settings.

Report •

#5
August 19, 2015 at 08:30:25
Sounds like either the HDD motor is going out, or the computer's PSU doesn't have enough wattage to handle the drive. Try the drive in an external powered enclosure.

How To Ask Questions The Smart Way


Report •

#6
August 19, 2015 at 08:34:30
After a day of head scratching. I have connected the sata port to that computer and the power supply to another and so far it now seems fine. So I guess I need a new psu.

Report •

#7
August 19, 2015 at 08:51:45
✔ Best Answer
I'd also take the precaution of duplicating/copying anything imprtant on the drive in question to another storage media. Typically DVD at least; and even another external hard drive too is nice(r).

This will ensure that "if" the drive fails - for whatever reasons... - your "stuff" is already safe elsewhere.


Report •

Ask Question