Drive disappears. File Explorer closes while using file

  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro

    Drive disappears. File Explorer closes while using file

    Win v.1903. I have 2 3tb external drives and 1 1tb internal drive and the main drive is a 500gb ssd. My internal drive normally won't show up in file explorer. Not sure why. Recently it started showing up but when I try to play a video file on it using VLC(same issue with different video players), the file plays for a bit then closes. File explorer closes also and when I reopen it, the internal drive is gone. If I reboot the pc, the drive shows up again. I thought maybe the pc couldn't handle all the drives but I disconnected one of the external drives, rebooted and tried again. The same thing happened. Any ideas? Let me know if more information is needed.
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  2. Posts : 212
    windows 10 pro build 21h2

    install hard disk sentinel and crystaldiskinfo. these 2 programs are for testing hard disk health. run both and see if they detect the 1tb disk and if it is detected then check the hard disk health
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for responding. Hard Disk Sentinel shows the message below. It also said the drive was fine. I guess I need to check my connections. It is odd that it shows up when I reboot.

    Problems occurred between the communication of the disk and the host 81 times.
    In case of sudden system crash, reboot, blue-screen-of-death, inaccessible file(s)/folder(s), it is recommended to verify data and power cables, connections - and if possible try different cables to prevent further problems.
    More information: Hard disk case: communication errors

    No actions needed.
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  4. Posts : 427
    Windows 11 pro X64 latest

    The cable from HDD dont make good contact. Remove it and reinsert it or replace it.
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  5. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    That seems to have fixed it. Thanks so much for your help.
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