Problems always the same drive. Is that even possible?

  1. Posts : 31
    windows 10

    Problems always the same drive. Is that even possible?

    Hi there,

    Here's a curious story to keep you busy with.

    A while back I started getting errors on my SATA drive. All of a sudden files were missing, entire folders actually.
    I did all possible tests: hardware, software. I spent a crazy amount of time trying to figure it out to eventually come to the conclusion that the hard drive failed.
    And so I got a new one. And that failed too. And then another one. Same story. All SATA were assigned to letter D (yeah, it's in bold, there must be a reason for that).
    Therefore, it had to be the SATA port, or the SATA cable. I checked everything and still nothing.
    Well, my main drive, the NVMe was still rocking, and so I thought: the hell with this SATA craziness. I'll buy an SSD.
    And so I did. Two of the SATA I kept went on an external bay and now work great as a backup unities. In fact, any hard drive test I'm doing is not showing any sign of failure. I reinstall Windows with the official Microsoft image. And because I'm a little superstitious, I assign the SSD the letter E.

    But here it comes the weird part of the story.

    My setup at this point is: Toshiba NVMe as primary drive (as it's always been), and as a secondary drive the new Samsung SSD.

    Then Windows fails! I re-install Windows, only the official Windows ISO is giving me issues (yeah, I like to keep myself busy)

    But this is an Alienware Area 51 R3 Threadripper and it got warranty. So, I call Dell and they do their tests and eventually they point me to Dell's recovery tool and so I can finally reinstall Windows. And everything seems to work fine. Only, this time, I left the drives with the default assigned letters: NVMe is C and SSD is D.

    And finally, tonight, after one day of use D is throwing me the same, exact errors as the SATA did months ago! Files missing!

    So, what is this? Black magic? Something wrong with Windows and any drive assigned to letter D? Or perhaps something wrong with Alienware ISO image?

    If out there there's a Sherlock Holmes, this is the time to show off! :)
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  2. Posts : 27,757
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1


    So if not drives then electronics on Motherboard or PSU.

    Did you reseat pwr at both ends? Have you tried another lead from PSU.

    Is there sufficient air flow over drive where it is positioned.
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