Hard Drive Problem

My hardrive shuts itself down once in a while. It seems to do it periodically with no common preceding action/cause.  Usually it will just come back up on it's own after a few seconds, but sometimes it has a disk error when it comes back up. I've looked into the box and don't see any reason why it would be overheating. I've run scandisk and defrag which both have not indicated any bad sectors on the platters. It's a 2 year old 6.4 gig Maxtor that came with the system. Is this a sign that it's dying, or is there some other possible cause?
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try to see if you have set the power property in windows that sometimes will shut your hdd if your hdd is not using for a period of time.

1)enter control panel goto power n click it
2)then goto the disk drive panel and uncheck the when powered by ac power check box
3)click apply then ok.

or you can try to check your motherboard cmos for the hdd sleep time.
hope this help

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go to BIOS Setup and check the power Management settings.
Maxtor offers a free tool "MAXDIAG", I would download it from their site:


and run it to see if the electronics of the drive are going south.

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ralfehrAuthor Commented:
How do I get into the motherboad CMOS?
The problem occurs intermittently and while I'm using the drive, not when it's sitting idle.  I've run the diagnostics and they don't show any problems with the drive's hardware. Any other ideas?
When you start your computer, Press [DEL] to BIOS SETUP.
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