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Computer losing boot drive occasionally
11-10-2012, 01:53 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-10-2012, 02:02 PM by mwhals.)
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Computer losing boot drive occasionally
Three times in the last two weeks, windows vista has suddenly dropped to the reboot screen and then I see Bootmgr is missing.

I go into bios and my boot drive doesn't show up. I then change the port on the motherboard and it works fine.

After a while or a few days, does the same thing. Switching the drive back to the original port corrects the problem again.

It takes switching ports to get the drive seen by bios every time. My other three drives don't have that problem,

I am thinking the SATA controller or ports on the motherboard are going bad. If it was the hard drive, I don't believe changing ports would help. Also the drive sounds fine and doesn't have search issues or anything that would indicate a problem.

So is it time to finally build my new PC or do you think there is another possibility I am missing?

I just switched cables from the missing drive to one that has never disappeared. This changes the port to one that hasn't seemingly failed and also changes cables.

Once again, the problem is corrected. I wonder for how long.
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Computer losing boot drive occasionally - by mwhals - 11-10-2012, 01:53 PM

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