Affected Drive: Storage drive, WD Green 2 TB, less than a year old.
Contents: No programs, no OS, only data (video, text, audio).
Scenario: When accessing a certain folder on my secondary drive, Windows Explorer stopped responding. I ended task, Explorer came back, and I tried to access the folder again. This time it caused Windows to freeze (no blue screen, just frozen, unresponsive). Upon restarting my PC, despite the drive having nothing to do with the boot (being a storage drive with no programs) it has made my computer’s start-up time slow from ~20 seconds to ~20 minutes. It does successfully turn on eventually, and after signing in it will bring up my desktop, but will freeze at various times, to the point where it never actually gets fully booted up (it will sit there frozen for at least thirty minutes). I know it is not actually frozen, as when I hit the power off button on the case, it suddenly snaps out of being frozen and begins to shut down normally. The shut down screen (after logging off and saying “shutting down”) also takes an excessive amount of time.
Current Work Arounds: Removing the drive. Everything works as it did before.
If this is a problem any of you have encountered before, what is wrong with my drive and what are my options?
If this is an unknown problem;
Do you think it is possible to recover any data from the drive? If so, how?
If I cannot recover, can I make the drive operational again? If so, how?
Finally, any suggestions on how I can avoid this from happening again would be very welcome.
If there are any troubleshooting suggestions, I’m happy to try them. I’ve already tried swapping where it’s plugged in to on the motherboard to no avail. Any additional information you need, just ask.
Thank you for helping.