My current setup is 2 sata drives and an IDE drive. Recently I've been having some problems with my IDE. After a certain amount of up time it would disappear off of the drive lists on My Computer.
I shut down, reseated the cables and checked it out it BIOS, where everything looked ok, brought the system back up and tried to copy a file from the IDE to one of the SATAs. The copy process ended up taking about 5 times longer that it normally would of and then my system froze up.
Upon the next reboot, my drive was no longer showing in MY Computer and was listed as an unallocated drive in Disk Administration. When I tried to use a data recovery app (GetDataBack) to check the files my system froze again.
Next I popped the drive out of the system (it was extremely warm when I removed it)and put it into a USB shell. At the moment it's showing up and acting normally.
One of my next steps is to swap out the IDE cable and give that a go. If that fails does anyone know of a diag utility that might be able to check my mobo? Also what part can heat play on drive performance?