No recent configuration changes (software or hardware)
Noticed some choppy video playback and some slight hanging of cursor (maybe 2 sec.)
Rebooted to see if that would fix it
Hung at Windows screen (the progress bar boot splash) for about 3 minutes then booted fine.
Went to play a video to check it and found my slave drive missing in "my computer" and in disk management
Checked the event log and found a ton of these entries:
The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume C:
(C: seems to be fine since it's my OS HD and chkdsk agrees)
The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, is not ready for access yet.
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\D.
In an attempt to troubleshoot I:
Booted to linux to see if it could see the drive (no hdb1 to be found)
Swapped out the IDE cable for a brand new one (no change)
Changed the cable to the secondary IDE port (positive results: showed the drive in "my computer", started thinking bad IDE controller on MB)
Switched back to the original IDE port on MB and found same results (working fine)
Left well enough alone until it happened again 3 days later (today)
Tried running PowerMax to diagnose the drive and it just hangs on "detecting devices" - no joy there
Yet, I reboot after trying that and there the drive is once again, showing and behaving as it should in "my computer"
I have the drive *mostly* backed up and am about to make that 100% backed up but I'm curious as to what you guys think...Google says those errors can be caused by other *seemingly* non-related issues
Edited by tictoc5150, 22 January 2007 - 04:11 AM.