Computer not detecting Hard Drive after being in use for a while

ProWolf_32

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My problem is that after a little while of using my computer one of my hard drive's don't show up on the folders and I don't know why its doing that because the hard drive worked perfectly before, and i cant access it. BTW it's a Western Digital 500 gb hard drive
 

D_Know_WD

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Hi there ProWolf_32,

Sorry that you are facing some issues with your WD drive. :(

Is the drive being recognized for a while and then disappears, or it is not recognized at all?

If the drive is recognized for a certain period of time and then disappears, it may be a good idea to back up the data stored on the drive until you sort this out.

If the drive is not recognized under My Computer, you can go to Disk Management and BIOS and see if it appears over there and how.

If the drive is recognized by Disk Management, you can run both short and extended DLG test on the drive: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=mFtkbi

Also, it may be a good idea to attach the drive with different cables to another port.

Do you have some important data stored over there?

Edited: I've added a couple of ideas.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD :)
 

ProWolf_32

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Well it's a Desktop that me and my brother built and there is no warranty for the hard drive so yeah thanks tho
 
I see, then you actually posted in the wrong forum. :) This is for laptops. I don't think there is one for desktops on this site, however there may be, or one on hard drives, on the Tom's Hardware site. You might try posting there.
 

D_Know_WD

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Hi there ProWolf_32,

Sorry that you are facing some issues with your WD drive. :(

Is the drive being recognized for a while and then disappears, or it is not recognized at all?

If the drive is recognized for a certain period of time and then disappears, it may be a good idea to back up the data stored on the drive until you sort this out.

If the drive is not recognized under My Computer, you can go to Disk Management and BIOS and see if it appears over there and how.

If the drive is recognized by Disk Management, you can run both short and extended DLG test on the drive: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=mFtkbi

Also, it may be a good idea to attach the drive with different cables to another port.

Do you have some important data stored over there?

Edited: I've added a couple of ideas.

Cheers,
D_Know_WD :)
 
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