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Would A Faulty Internal Hard Drive Make File Explorer Unresponsive? (Not C: drive)

livewire

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I have six internal hard drives (5 mechanical and 1 ssd for the OS)

A few days ago I started getting a problem in Windows 8.1 where my mouse was freezing for a second every now and then. Also when I opened file explorer and clicked on a drive (Steam games) file explorer became unresponsive and the area surrounding file explorer went black and I had to shutdown holding the power button. I looked in the pc to make sure the cables to this drive were ok and thought the sata cable may have come out slightly.

When I turned the pc back on file explorer seemed to be working normally and I could click on this Steam drive and view contents, I looked at disk management and it said all the drives were healthy so turned the pc off. I turned the pc on today and opened file explorer and all the drives except C: were not showing any information just the disk icon and name of the drive, the green loading bar in the address area of file explorer was going across dead slow too, it soon became unresponsive again and I had to shutdown holding the power button again.

I've taken the Steam drive out for now to see if it resolves the issue and it all seems to be working fine at the moment but I guess my question is can a faulty secondary hard drive cause Windows to become unresponsive like this? Or could it be another problem like the motherboard on the way out?

I wouldn't have thought a faulty secondary drive would have made file explorer unresponsive but I don't really know?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel 3770K i7 Ivy Bridge oc 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z77 Premium
    Memory
    32GB Corsair Platinum
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 780
    Hard Drives
    Crucial 512GB SSD
    2x 3TB Seagate
    PSU
    Corsair HX850
    Case
    Corsair White Graphite 600T
    Cooling
    Corsair H80i
    Keyboard
    Roccat Isku
    Mouse
    Roccat Kone XTD
Solution
Probably because of a faulty hard drive. I have same issues with my external hdd, Windows just hangs up randomly and disk response time is absurdly high (over 30 seconds...). Its not always like that tho, my solution is to unplug it and plug it back in. Should change the disk.

Teeotsa

Member
Probably because of a faulty hard drive. I have same issues with my external hdd, Windows just hangs up randomly and disk response time is absurdly high (over 30 seconds...). Its not always like that tho, my solution is to unplug it and plug it back in. Should change the disk.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5 3470
    Motherboard
    ASRock B75 Pro3-M
    Memory
    HyperX Fury DDR3 2x4GB 1866MHz + 2x2GB Samsung Sticks
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GTX 560 TI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Kingston A400 240GB
    1TB SEAGATE HDD
    Internet Speed
    10 Mb/s | 2Mb/s
    Browser
    Google Chrome 96, Internet Explorer 11, Firefox 80
    Antivirus
    No third-party Antivirus software is installed on my system.
    Other Info
    I don't update my installation of Windows. I find it unnecessary.
    Also, i've disabled Windows Defender and Windows Firewall because i don't need them!😂
Solution

TechnoMage

Active Member
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If Explorer is having trouble reading a drive, it can and probably will cause Explorer to lag or even appear to freeze.

Good Luck,
TM :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Made
    CPU
    AMD 8 Core
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte, Ultra Durable, GA-970A-DSP3
    Memory
    Crucial, 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 5450 (2 GB)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" LG
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 120GB, 8TB Seagate backup drive
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts, 650
    Case
    Pac-Man Case
    Keyboard
    HP Professional
    Mouse
    GearHead Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64

livewire

Member
Member
Thanks for your replies confirming the hard drive. Since taking the hard drive out I have not had any problems, everything is working fine. I just didn't think a faulty secondary hard drive would make Windows unresponsive like that. I thought maybe the drive would just not show up in Explorer or Windows would pop-up an error message or something. I'll know now to check the drives first if and when it happens again.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel 3770K i7 Ivy Bridge oc 4.5 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z77 Premium
    Memory
    32GB Corsair Platinum
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 780
    Hard Drives
    Crucial 512GB SSD
    2x 3TB Seagate
    PSU
    Corsair HX850
    Case
    Corsair White Graphite 600T
    Cooling
    Corsair H80i
    Keyboard
    Roccat Isku
    Mouse
    Roccat Kone XTD

erpster4

Member
Member
time to replace that faulty hard drive with a new one
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-A5306
    CPU
    AMD Quad-Core A6-5200M Accelerated Processor
    Memory
    4 GB
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