i have a 200GB SATA HDD in an external enclosure with all of my ripped cds and videos on it (i still own those cds, btw
), which is certainly over 100GB. about two months after i bought it, i noticed that when i switch it on after everything loads on my desktop PC, the LED at the front flashes red and green (green being the usual colour once it has booted). it would take about 5 minutes to boot, but once it has, it's fine.
recently, i have seen this boot time increase in length, and switching on the HDD before switching on the PC seemed to solve that problem, and in fact sped the boot time up considerably. but this morning, for the second time since i bought it, no joy whatsoever. it's been flashing red and green all the time, and i cannot access it.
my CPU fan was not spinning correctly, and i changed it this morning to a newer one in my old PC. i don't think this would have any bearing, as my IDE external drive works fine. I don't usually have both of them on at the same time, but they are both plugged into the front USB 2.0 ports so that i can disconnect them easily. I have tried to use another USB 2.0 port, rebooting the pc and i have uninstalled and re-installed the SATA drivers.
What would cause this? anything else i should try? should i get another SATA enclosure?
thanks in advance.