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Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

Question: Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

When I restart my computer after it has been hibernating (usually overnight as it's left on 24/7), it goes to the welcome screen and just hangs. The HD light is inactive making me believe that the HD is not waking up and causing this problem.

Any ideas anyone ?

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Answer: Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

hi and welcome how long has this been occurring? have you ran a disc check, defrag lately see the pics.

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post laptop HP ProBook 4540s..i just bought it...i make it to go to stanby mode..but when i press the ON button..from the lights I see the laptop is ON..i hear windows sounds..but I don't see any picture..if I'm not mistaken it happens with both standby and hibernation modes

can anyone suggest anything? thanx

Answer:Laptop doesn't wake up from hibernation

When the laptop is in hibernation what happens if you press a key, not the On button?

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I have a External Seagate 2 Tb hard drive that after a while, will disconnect and I can't wake it by trying to access the drive in Explorer. I tried rebooting my computer but it doesn't show up anymore. The only solution it seems is to disconnect the drive and plug it back in.

Any advices?

I am on Windows 10

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Hi everyone,
I have an xps 15 512 ssd and 4k display and i7 processor with ubuntu-16.04, from a couple of week, when I try to hibernate the pc and after I try to reopen it, the pc doesn't wake up. And I have to shutdown using power button.
I have the last bios version, and 4.4-38 generic kernel version.

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Hello everyone,  I have a Lenovo 3000 N200 with Windows Vista Home preinstalled, 2GB RAM and a Nvidia 7300. This notebook is barely 4 months old and suspension and hibernation worked well during this time.  I don't know if its the cause of the problem but one day I was working with the computer until I consumed all the battery, it did a loud beep and closed automatically. I plugged it to the grid but it didn't turned on until i removed the battery. After it restarted I put the battery back and it recharged well. The problem is that from this day on hibernation doesn't work properly.  When I hibernate the system (Fn+F12) it seems to do it fine, but when I try to restore the system pressing the power button it starts initialasing (I get to see the windoes vista loading bar) but after a few seconds it does a short beep (as if it wants to beep but the power goes off) the screen goes black and the system turns off abruptly. When I try to restart from this situation sometimes windows vista shows a screen where it let's me restore the state of the computer as it should do if hibernation worked well. But other times (the most) it doesn't detect any saved state and just shows the typicall options when your computer turns off unexpectedly (normal start, secure mode,...).  I have  vista service pack 1 from day 1.  I don't know what I can do to repair it. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi all, I'm trying to run a .bat file on my T400 laptop every morning. i want it to wake from hibernation to do so (to save energy during the night). I've trying to use XP's scheduled tasks, and checked the "wake the computer to run this task" checkbox. and well... it doesn't work. when it is hibernating and the time arrives - the laptop just beeps (like it does when you turn it on or off) but it doesn't start. stays off.when it is in sleep mode and the time arrives - the laptop, and the OS is running. scheduled tasks indicates the job is "Running" but i don't see any sign of it running - no sign of CPU usage (this script, when run, gets the CPU to 50% for like 40 minutes), and no command prompt opens. can anyone help me to try to get it to run, and the wake up from hibernation as well?thanks!

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I just got this computer a couple of days ago and all is going well except I am bonkers over the various options to sleep, shut down and revive.

I am set so it never goes down, as I want the screen on to monitor my navigation for long periods of time, in the power connected mode.

On the lid options I have it set to hibernate.

But here is where the fun begins. I has a mind of its own and does not always do the same.

For instance, if I lift the lid sometimes its dead and nothing will revive it.
The only option is to hold down the power button for several secs and get a cold shut down. Then press the button again and it boots in the previous state of windows.

Even stranger last night I shut down for the night with the
Start -> Shutdown and it shut down fine.
But came by in a couple of minutes and it had rebooted.

Did this a couple of times.
I took out the power cord and then it did not reboot.

I am trying to understand things before making a big case on phone so any help would be appreciated.


Answer:Satellite P305-S8838 doesn't wake up from hibernation & reboots sometimes

I have found the gremlin as for the frequent restarts from hiberation. In the BIOS there is an item, Wake up on LAN, or something similar and I disabled it.

So not it does not reboot and just stays in hiberation.

But the only way I can wake it up is to hold the power button done for several seconds until all the lights go out and then touch the power button again. It goes to Restarting Windows and comes back.

I felt that holding the button down several seconds was a cold shutdown and might be damaging things as in previous windows versions.

Is this now an acceptable procedure with Vista?


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I am hoping someone can stop me pulling my hair out - please!!!
I have a Qosmio f20-136 which I have upgrade to 2GB RAM. I have successfully installed Visa Ultimate on it which actually runs very well. I get a Visa score of 3.4 which means Aero runs fine. The lowest sub score is actually the CPU (the 1.6GHz Pentium M) with 3D graphics coming in next at 3.9 thanks to the Geforce Go 6600.

I have an annoying problem though.
Hibernate works fine - it hibernates and resumes fine. I have the power button set for Hibernate at the moment and also the start menu power button.
If I close the lid it goes into sleep and when I open the lid it resumes perfectly.There is the sound of a device connecting / disconnecting when I open and close the lid.

However, here is the problem. I would like to use the power button for sleep rather than hibernate and I dont want to wear the screen hinges out by keep opening and closing the lid. So, I tried setting the power button to sleep and also tried selecting sleep from the start menu options. In either case the machine goes to sleep but then causes a problem when I try to resume.

The machine powers up but the screen is black. Everything else is alive but I cant see anything.
If I unplug the power lead and plug it back in (which changes the screen brightness) then it comes to life. If I close and re-open the lid it comes to life. Nothing else resurrects it.

Some may say I'm being picky as I'm almost there with vista but I would dearly... Read more

Answer:Qosmio F20 with Vista: display doesn't wake up from sleep/hibernation mode


Try to install Nvidia Driver 156.72

from here:-

Good Luck

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Hi guys, (first post here )... I was highly impressed with some of the deeply technical answers on this site, so I'm hoping someone can help me narrow down to the cause of this issue I have, and possibly help me learn something about system software and firmware

So some time ago I acquired this MSI P45 platinum third-hand, and it has been living up to its name. However, it does not sleep and wake up properly.

To be specific, it looks like it sleeps properly, but doesn't wake up properly. The lights and fans start up, but one of 2 things happen

1) the POWER LED doesn't light up, only the HDD LED (strange)
2) the POWER LED lights up, the HDD LED doesn't work

Either way, no display. or any activity I can cause through the keyboard. I'm on BIOS 1.7b14(official Beta BIOS) (A7512IMS.17E). It didn't work with 1.6(official release) either. It doesn't seem to be any known bug.

I've tried a bunch of things, but I would like to try steps systematically once again, in case I've missed some combination. So, what could be the issue, and what can I check?

Answer:MSI P45 Platinum doesn't wake after sleeping, hard reboot required

Hello Milind, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the tutorial below to add AHCI Link Power Management to your power plan settings, and set it to HIPM+DIPM may help.

AHCI Link Power Management - Enable HIPM and DIPM

Hope this helps,

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Mod Edit:  Split from - Hamluis.
I have a similar problem, only worse. My computer just went into hibernation and I cannot wake it up. It's a laptop -- old Toshiba Satellite A25-S307 with 512 mb ram and 60 Gb hdd, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 2.80GHz. Any ideas?

Answer:Cannot Wake From Hibernation

Thank you, Hamlius, for setting me straight on how to post.
Actually, I got it going. I think it was a combination of low battery and hibernation. When I plugged it in and hit the power button it started.

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Has any body problem when closing the t61p with Fn F7 (hybernation)The pc wakes up, but the screen remains black and no access to pc is possible. This occurs even without plugging / unplugging usb drivers Product: ThinkPad T61p 6460-6XG Operating system: Windows Vista] Original description: T7500(2.2GHz), 2GB RAM, 100GB 7200rpm HD, 15.4in 1920x1200 LCD, 256MB nVIDIA Quadro FX 570M, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn, Bluetooth, Modem, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure chip, Fingerprint reader, 6c Li-Ion, WinVista Ultimate 32

Answer:wake up from hibernation

T61 with Fn+F7 takes you to presentation manager. I can hibernate it through Fn+F12. It resumes pretty happily from that. However, I much prefer to hibernate it by configuring for it to hibernate by pressing the start switch (above F9 key on 14.4 widescreen model). I can do that pressing just one button, instead of two keys.

Sushil_________________________________________________________________ThinkPad T61, (7658CTO), T7500, Integrated Graphics, 320 GB HDD, 3 GB RAM, 1 GB Intel Turbo Memory, Vista (32 bit) Business

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Hi, I have a new T61 widescreen, running XP Pro. My problem is that my computer won't wake up from hibernation. After I press the power button, it gets stuck on "resuming windows", and never starts, and i have to force it to shutdown completely and then restart it again.Interestingly, this only happens when I put it into hibernate mode myself, i.e. press Fn-F12 or go through the start menu; it manages to resume fine when it hibernates itself after 20 minutes of inactivity.As far as I know all drivers etc are up to date. 

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Hi,I usually have my buffalo external hdd connected to my dell studio 15. I tried shutting down once but accidentally put it into hibernation. So after it hibernated I switched it back on, the hdd would spin up a couple of times, but as it got to the desktop it would spin down. I try to access the hdd and I can see the folders etc, when I try entering a folder such as "music" for example, the hdd would spin up, but then a message would say the folder music is unavailable. So I refresh the window, and the music folder disappears! just like that, now after the spin up, i can access the rest of the folders, but the "music" is just gone forever. Does anyone know what's going on or how I can get that folder back. It was actually the "documents" folder in my case, but music was an example.Thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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I have a Western Digital 7gig hard drive installed as the second drive. Frequently it will not be found when the computer boots. About the other half of the time, all works normally.

The problem first becomes apparent when the BIOS looks for the drives. It will hesitate for a LONG time, then find the first drive, and not find the second drive. If this happens, the drive activity light will stay steadily lit for as long as the computer is turned on - no blinking, always on.

Can anyone advise me, or give me a good guess, whether the problem is likely the drive, power to the drive, or the IDE controller?


Answer:Hard Drive Difficult to Wake Up

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Hi all,

Sorry to be a pain, but could someone tell me how to bring my P30-119 out of hibernation. The blue light around the power button is on, the orange light below tht is flashing every now-and-again and the middle of the three green lights is on.

I normally just press and hold the power button for a few seconds, but i don't think that does the machine any good and thought i had better seek some advice.

Thanks for any help in advance.

Answer:Hibernation - Cannot wake my Satellite P30 up


Normally by pressing the power button the unit should wake up from the hibernation mode. As far as I know these mode settings you can change in the Power Management tool. In this case please check the settings. Furthermore you can read the Power management help for more information about hibernation mode.
This info should b placed in the user manual.


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Basically my PC is refusing to wake itself up from hibernation (or standby) as it has done in the past. It seems like the actual task I schedule to run DOES run, but the PC stays in either hibernation or standby mode and doesn't bring itself to life. I've tried searching the Net but I haven't had any luck finding a solution so I thought I'd ask here!

I did have to restore my C: drive from a backup a few weekends ago as I installed Kaspersky AntiVirus and it basically made my PC unusable so I ended up formatting the C: partition and restoring it from my backup (going back to avast! in the process). However everything else seems to be working OK so I don't know why it's refusing to wake itself up! :-(

I'm only doing what I used to - using Scheduled Tasks and ticking the box 'Wake the computer to run this task' - but it's not working. The same tasks run fine while the PC's in 'normal' mode and my laptop has no such problem waking itself from hibernation either.

I really need to get this fixed in the next week as I go away on holiday on Friday and want to use the PC to record programmes while I'm away.

System details as follows:

Hardware: Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3800+ 2.00 GHz, 2 Gb RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS, ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe ACPI BIOS Revision 0706 (21/08/2006)
Operating system: Windows XP Home SP2

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm thoroughly stumped at the moment!


Answer:PC won't wake up from standby or hibernation any more...

Do you have an error message of some sort when you try to get out of the hibernation ? I only found this link on microsoft database about that kind of problem, don't know if it will help :

Maybe you could also try to disable hibernation, reboot the computer then reenable it.

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I find that my T530 (running windows 7) is very slow to wake up after hibernation. any suggestions? thanks 

Answer:Very slow wake up from hibernation T 530

How slow is slow?

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hi. I have a server at my house that i would like to be off during the night, anyways i want to know how i can put it into hibernation and wake it up at a certain time using scheduled tasks in windows. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:How to put a computer into hibernation and wake it up.


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Got an Inspiron 6000, XP home sp2. When I let the battery run down (or whatever) and the puter hibernates it won't wake up and keep the files that were still open. I basically have to reboot it and find that everything is gone. Yes, I have low battery alarms set, but sometimes I underestimate the time it takes to get plugged back up.

Is this a hardware problem? Puter is still under warranty.

Is this a Windows problem?

I just need some general direction, don't know where to begin w/tech support if it is a hardware problem.


Answer:wont wake up after hibernation

Are you saying that you keep using it until the battery is flat and shuts down from alck of power...or as you say hibernates and when you get the main power back on or restart it you files are gone that you were using?

You can go to Control Panel under power Management and set the alarm to warn you way before it gets that low....if it gets so low then your files won't be saved

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I noticed something strange and I don't understand the reason for that.
Ive got my Win7 machine set up to go to sleep after 15 minutes of idling, after another 15 minutes, it wakes up for a sec, dumps the ram into hibersys file and goes into hibernation mode.
It all works ok but the strange thing is the wake-up times. From sleep mode, it wakes up almost instantly obviously. From 1-2h hibernation mode it shows me the post screen, 'resuming windows' screen for 3-5 seconds, the 3-5 seconds of cursor flashing in upper left corner and then desktop... BUT after ~16h of hibernation, it can take up to 2-3 minutes for it to wake up. The 'resuming windows' takes much longer and the flashing cursor thing takes long enough for me to think it hung up on me.

I pretty much understand the technical side of hibernation mode. Thats why It seems strange to me - It shouldn't make any difference whether it hibernates for 1h or 15h. The ACPI state is the same, there are no changes done to the system during that time. It looks like it needs to warm itself up after longer periods of hibernation but its microelectronics, not tube radio.

If anyone got any idea, maybe a way to change it and make the wake up times more consistent, I would be really glad because it bugs the hell out of me.

Also, I could check it myself but I would have to change my power plans :P. If I allow hybrid sleep, go to sleep and then to hibernation - will it wake up to dump RAM do HDD or will it just, after ... Read more

Answer:Hibernation wake-up times.


Hope that his helps you with your problem
Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems - Vista Forums
Works equally as well with 7

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Have a strange problem here. If I set pc to go into standby, when I do a "hot key" action to wake it up, it does, but immediately shuts down.Have set bios to wake on hot key (usb mouse doesn't work). Bios also set for S3 and all option in "Power options" tried.Anybody any ideas?Mainboard is Abit NF-M2S with AMD 64/2 4400

Answer:Wake up from standby or hibernation

Sory forgot to add, running Xp sp2

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I added hibernate into power menu so I can hibernate my Windows 10 now. But the thing is, the machine will wake from hibernation simply by a mouse move. This is not what I want. I just upgraded from Windows 7 so I want Win10 to behave like Win7 as much as possible. On Windows 7, I have to press the power button on chassis to wake from hibernation. How do I make it on Windows 10, i.e, wake from hibernation only through power button instead of mouse move? Thanks.

Answer:How to wake from hibernation only through power button?

Hello zzzhhh, and welcome to Ten Forums.

You can use an option in the tutorial below to prevent the devices you want from being able to wake the computer to stop this.

Allow or Prevent Devices to Wake Computer in Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

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When I'm going into Hibernation everything is fine....but when I wake up from it it takes to black screen where a white underscore (_) flashes and nothing else happens. But it will work when I hold the power button when that happens, the laptop will turn off I turn it back on and it comes back from Hibernation....What's Wrong?

Answer:Wake up from Hibernation takes two times?

Update your drivers - use the guide in my sig.

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Recently my Dell Inspiron N5110 intel 2.4GHZ, 4Gb Ram, Windows 7 64bit Laptop Refuses to wake from sleep or hibernate. Bios driver?? Worked fine 2 days ago and I dont have an applicable restore point... Also Video and Audio playback get choppy in any player after using not even 2 out of 4gb of RAM. Temporarily I've disabled sleep mode but when not plugged in can be a bit of a battery drainer. Any suggestions would be very helpful and aprreciated. I'm far from a computer tech... THX

Answer:Laptop won't wake from Sleep/Hibernation, PLZ HELP!

It seems to be a monitor issue. Also when I shut down the computer stays on but the monitor shuts off??? I'm thoroughly stumped. Plz help...

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Hi to All,

I have a M40X-233 and the problem is: The machine don't wake up after suspension or hibernation.

When system suspend the power button lits flasing red.
When press power button agian system don?t wake anymore.
The only solution is remain pressing until power off.

Already uninstall all Toshiba Power Saver related components
and install agian with lastest version and problem persist.

Any sugestion will be very welcome.

Many Thanks

Artur Oliveira

Answer:M40X-233 Don't Wake after Suspension or Hibernation


Did you try to recover your OS with the delivered Toshiba recovery CD?
Usually after this procedure all functions should works properly.
Before starting the OS recovering you should save all important files and data. Make a backup.
It would be very interesting to know if this problem occurs after OS recovering.

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I am here for the first time. Please bear with us.
My Lenovo E 540 is new. Not wakes up from hibernation, blinking red LED just above the letter "i".I did downgrade USB 3.0 to 2.0 in BIOS, but not entirely work. (When I shut it off, it hibernates itself.) Just long press the "power" disables my laptop. After turning on my computer usually "restarts" and installs updates.
Please reply or redirected to the appropriate forum.
Yours Cuba
Moderator comment: New thread created. Subject edited to match content. Was: Re: LENOVO ID LOGIN V 1.1

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I recently completely wiped my hard drive because there were a lot of problems with it. I had to update and install a few drivers but every thing worked fine, 120% better than it did before. But last night told it to hibernate and i couldn't get it to wake up. The screen is blank nothing works.

the cd/dvd rom starts up and then shuts down a few seconds later. the mouse pad and the keyboard don't respond to anything. the only thing that works is the touch pad for volume, play, pause, stop etc... I've tried draining all the power from the pc (as well as the battery) but it doesn't start up all the same. It's about a year old and doesn't have any special software.

It has Microsoft Office 07, spybot, iTunes, and that's it.

If anyone has a solution or even a suggestion, it would be much appreciated.


Answer:[SOLVED] My computer will not wake from hibernation

Please provide brand/model of computer (copy the details on the label located at the bottom except for the serial number)

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I have a user that has a T400s running windows 7 pro. I do not have any issues with the computer going to sleep or hibernation or resuming from either. The issue is when the user either puts the laptop to sleep or if he lets it go to sleep (by default at 7% battery remaining), the computer never wakes from sleep to go into hibernation (by default at 5% battery remaining) to do a clean save of the environment to the hibernation file and power off the system. I have other laptops that I setup this way and it works no problem. The user is able to just let the computer hibernate or put it in hibernate manually to get around this, but sleep is a much preferred option due to the speed in which it will resume from sleep. I have updated the Power Management driver to Thinkpad PM Driver The BIOS was updated to version 1.13 and I set the BIOS power settings to "Timer Wake with Battery Operation = Enabled". I also installed the Power Manager 3.12. I contacted Lenovo support and told them what I have done and they said that it should work, and they asked me to run diagnostics using the Toolbox and if that came up clean then to reformat the machine (this is a brand new setup) so I received no help there. Any help or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Is it possible to wake my computer from hibernation to stream content to, lets say, an Xbox 360? Then after its done streaming put the computer back to sleep?

Answer:Wake computer from hibernation to stream?


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I have to manually shut down my machine each time I try to wake it up after putting it in sleep or hibernation mode for an extended period of time. This just started happening a few weeks ago.   I did some Google searching and saw where some said it was due to my video driver needing to be rolled-back.   This is the driver I currently have installed, FYI.  Any ideas?  

Answer:Machine Won't Wake Up from Sleep/Hibernation

I decided to roll it back to the previous driver from 2015, hopefully that helps.  Not sure what else to try.

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It happens very random and also everytime when I try wake PC from hibernation


Answer:Wake from hibernation and random BSoDs


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Please help.

I have been using my laptop for more than a month and I can't utilize the hibernation mode... I can't turn my laptop back on when it goes into hibernation mode. The power indicator is in blue. Is there a keyboard sequencing that I have to type in?

I'm using Windows Vista Home Edition.

Answer:Satellite A200-1MB won't wake up on hibernation

Hello Ina

How you switch into hibernation mode:
-closing notebook lid
-using FN+F4 key combination or
-using button over start menu?

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Pleas help, BSOD happens when opening the lid of laptop.

Answer:BSOD when wake up from hibernation/sleep

0x116 bugchecks indicate an attempt to reset the graphics card and display driver failed to respond within the allocated time interval.
It's mainly caused by a failing GPU or bad display driver.

I suggest updating your display driver to the latest version.
If you are unsure how then here's some instructions.

How-To Install AMD Catalyst? Drivers For A Windows? Based System

I also recommend running Furmark to see if your GPU is failing (I doubt it but it's worth ruling it out as a possibility).
Follow these instructions.

Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Post back the results.

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I close the lid of the laptop and the computer goes to sleep.
I open the lid and the computer says its exiting hibernation, and a text status bar goes across the black screen (before the Windows logo shows up)
Once the bar is full, the computer stops responding.
This started a few weeks ago intermittently, now it does it every time.
I have to hold the power button to turn it off, and when I restart it, it asks whether I want to delete my old restoration data and start anew, or pick up where I left off last time. (Option 2 usually has the same results as the original exit from hibernation)
So far its just an extreme aggravation. Once its running, everything works like before.
Anybody know what's up?
Its a Toshiba laptop, about 3 years old, running the original install of WinXP Home with SP2. If any more info is needed, I'll provide, but I can't think of anything right now that would be relevant.
Thanks for the help,

Answer:WinXP freezes on wake up from hibernation

Regretably its not uncommon for PCs to die in their sleep in this manner under hibernation.

Hibernation and Standby modes under Windows are problematic at best, but most laptops seem to cope to varying degrees (but fewer desktops will run the modes with success).

Its likely to be a driver issue, have you updated any recently?

Try reloading the latest Toshiba drivers for XP for that model laptop (they should be available to download from their website). Video, chipset drivers etc.

Not the BIOS update unless its specifically stated as a cure (if a BIOS update goes wrong your laptop becomes a doorstop).

Speaking from many years of experience with laptops (6 or 7 different types) I gave up on using anything but a full shutdown, you can change the "lid down" settings under Power options in Control Panel. I set mine to just turn off the screen, and I did a shutdown if I was not going to use it for a while.

I also found that odd problems with programs disappeared when not using standby or hibernation, overall reliability was vastly improved.

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running Win2kPro
hi whenever i boot up from a hibernation my connection to the internet is dead i have to reboot for it to work.i am on a LAN and use a DHCP for my internet addy.i always get 2 DHCP error messages in my system logs

Your computer has automatically configured the IP address for the Network Card with network address 00E02968556E. The IP address being used is

Your computer was not able to renew its address from the network (from the DHCP Server) for the Network Card with network address 00E02968556E. The following error occured:
The semaphore timeout period has expired. . Your computer will continue to try and obtain an address on its own from the network address (DHCP) server.

is there anyway to fix this?it assigning an address automatically thats wrong and i cant bind an address because i get a new one each time.maybe a service i can disable?

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Using HP desktop with Windows 10. Latest Fall Creator Update installed.

After the latest update my machine wouldn't wake up after sleep mode. The screen is blank although I can hear "rumbling" in the background as if the hard drive were indeed on but I see nothing. I have to shut down manually and restart. The Power Setting remained on Balanced since I first purchased the computer last year and it always woke up. I tried changing the power options to "put the computer to sleep: Never" and that works. But obviously this is not a solution, just a delay, and I don't want to stay with this "never" option. I have also read that one can turn off Hibernation but again, to my mind, this not a preferable option to the existing problem.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

PS. Oh, and what does "Post a Poll" mean on this web page?

Answer:Sleep/Hibernation wake-up issue

There are many threads on this problem. Start by turning Off Fast Startup (this disables hibernation, by default). Turn On your preferred Sleep settings and test for a couple days. If this fixes it, you can turn off Hibernation in a command prompt (admin) to delete the hiberfil.sys taking up space by typing powercfg -h off then Enter. I know this means Shut Down vs Hibernation to save power but I've had this setting for a long time, as do many others, and no wake issues anymore.

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I live in a place where we have power shortages from time to time. I have my Dell desktop pc attached to a UPS and i have configured the pc to go to sleep after 5 minutes when on UPS. Is there anyway to wake up the pc automatically once the power is on? I have connected my UPS with USB cable to the pc, and the pc treats the UPS as a battery. I use this pc as a media centre so this feature is something i really need.
I am on Windows 7 Ultimate.


Answer:Wake the PC from sleep/hibernation when power comes up

With it being a Dell the option may very well be hidden (with no way to unhide it), but have a look in the bios under the Power options for anything relating to "restore on power loss". If it is there it is likely set to disabled (the default on most if not all motherboards), set it to enabled and that should do it.

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I disabled Hibernation from my XP IBM laptop. I read it was a security leak good thing. On reboot i got a strange message my hard drive could not be found..and that i may have to reattach the hard drive cable.

. I can get into BIOS, try restored defaults, i still get the hard drive disconnected. Also i get a operating system can not be found message.

I bought the laptop on ebay, i have no disks

Answer:I Disabled Hibernation, on reboot my computer 'could not find hard drive"

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If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

Answer:External hard drive unresponsive when wake from sleep

Quote: Originally Posted by leif

If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

If you put your machine to sleep, then all programs are suspended, so there is absolutely no point in leaving them "running". Most especially not if this causes errors on waking.

Regards....Mike Connor

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This is an issue I've had with my laptop from the start - if the laptop is put into sleep or hibernation mode and the lid is closed, or the lid is closed and it goes into sleep mode from there, it will not wake or respond to the power button once opened again.

Even holding the power button has no effect, the only way to get it to turn on again is to remove the battery, put it back and turn the laptop on again, losing anything I had open.

I'm afraid the laptop could be damaged by this but there's no other way.
This isn't an issue with windows settings as I've had the same problem with the suspend function in ubuntu.

Anyone had similar issues or know of anything that could have caused this?

Answer:Satellite won't wake from sleep or hibernation once lid is closed

What Satellite L model do you have exactly?
What system is preinstalled? Did you test this issue with fresh recovery notebook?

Is BIOS up to date? If not update the BIOS.
After the BIOS update, set the BIOS to default and test the notebook functionality.

Feedback would be appreciated?

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my notebook does not wake up from the more-standby mode or hibernation. no matter which button you press.
When I press the power button briefly, then it restarts and it comes in the screen repair.

All Microsoft (OS: Win 7 home premium) updates are current, as is the BIOS

Any help ?
Any ideas ?
Anything else ;-) ?


Message was edited by: flying doctor

Answer:Satellite L500 - no wake up from standy or hibernation


Are you able to boot the notebook and to start Windows OS?
If not, try this;
Remove the battery, disconnect AC adaptor.
You have to wait some time? about 2-3 hours.
Then connect both parts again.

But if you are able to boot the notebook but if the standby mode and hibernation mode would still not function, then you should try to reinstall the OS again.
In most cases such issues are OS related.
For that I recommend using the HDD recovery mode.

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In Windows 7 and for the entire life of W10 I have used the command cmd.exe /c "exit" to awaken one of my computers at 0600 each morning. I hibernate the computer each evening when done using it. The computer would awaken at 0600 and stay awake.

Since installing v1703 the computer awakens but unless I perform some operation manually, returns to hibernation in a few minutes. The exact same thing happens if I have a program (Acronis True Image, for instance) wake and perform a backup from hibernation at a given time.

The power settings are as I used previously: Sleep in 30, Hybrid Sleep Off, Hibernate Never, Wake Timers Enabled. Note that the computer isn't just going to sleep because 30 minutes passes. It returns to hibernation as soon as the particular task completes.

Any ideas how to restore the pre-v1703 behavior? Is there a new setting someplace that I have missed?


Answer:Change in Wake and Hibernation behavior in v1703


Setting System unattended sleep timeout to zero minutes should stop it from returning to hibernate/sleep after the default 2 minute unattended period.

Add System unattended sleep timeout to Power Options in Windows 10 Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

Change System Unattended Sleep Timeout in Windows 10 Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials

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Hey everyone!

First of all I'm glad to see TenForums is around, SevenForums way back when saved me more than a few times and was consistently a quality board

So I configured my PC and network to support Wake on LAN, and after a long time trying to get it to work I can finally send a magic packet from anywhere connected to the internet and wake up my PC from sleep or hibernation (not power off because my router doesn't allow for static ARP routes ).

The problem is: If I put my computer to sleep/hibernate and wake it up within the following hour or so, everything is fine. If I wait longer than that and wake it up, the computer's lights turn on for a split second and then fade away. I then have to turn on the PC manually.

If I'm using sleep, the lights fade away, and when I turn it on after that, it turns on for 5-10 seconds and shuts down. If I turn it on again, everything is fine.

If I'm using hibernate, the lights fade away, and when I turn it on after that, it stays on.

I have tried powercfg -h on and off, I've disabled hybrid sleep, I've updated my BIOS and Intel Chipset and Management Engine drivers. There are no settings for the PC S states in the BIOS that I could find. My NIC is set-up to not be powered off by the system.

Any ideas as to what this could be?

Thank you guys so much in advance!


PS - My specs are the ones tied to my account. My PSU is a Corsair TX850. In trying to update my BIOS last week using the BIOS itself it got bricked and I ha... Read more

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About 2 months ago I started noticing that my w7 professional x64 box loses its internet connection on every other wake up from hibernation.
I can connect to my local LAN but not further (I am not using wifi but wired connection).
After digging into it I found that ipconfig shows two gateway entries the 1st is and the 2nd is the correct gateway.
I have no clue where the comes from nor why there are 2 gateways shown.
ipconfig /renew doesn't help, but disabling the network interface and re-enabling it again fixes the problem.
Also a reboot fixes the problem.
Both solutions are only workarounds though.

I hope someone can tell me how to fix the problem.

Answer:Default gateway lost after wake from hibernation on w7 x64 pro

Go to Device Manager, Network adapters, Select your network adapter uninstall it then reinstall the driver and see if that helps

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May I clarify, please?
I press FN + F4 to close down in hibernation mode.

How do I restart the machine?
Sometimes it starts when I rub my finger over the touch pad, but sometimes this doesn't seem to work and I have to turn it on by pressing the power button.

Is this correct?

Answer:How to wake up the Satellite L350 from hibernation mode


Usually you have to press the power button to wake the notebook from the hibernation mode.
I always use and press the power button on my two different notebooks to wake up the machines from hibernation or stand by mode.


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i was wondering if anybody can help me,

I'm having problems with my brand new Satellite U300.
When it enters sleep/hibernating mode i can't seem to be able to wake it.

The power LED remains blue. In order to ude the notebook i have to turn the power off completely and then re-start it.

How can i stop this from happening?


Answer:Satellite U300 does not wake up from hibernation mode


I think you should try to update the BIOS.
On the Toshiba European driver page you will find the compatible drivers and the BIOS.
So firstly try to perform the BIOS update and then check if it helps.

Good luck

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only got my x230 last week, the same problem has happened twice.I put my laptop into hibernation mode, when I turned it back on, it led to a black screen. it seems like it's running (with the green light for the wifi and power being on) and when i clicked on the space bar, it makes a noisebut nothing happened even after 10 minutes.-- the screen stays black.  the first time i did a hard shut down and when i restarted, i run into some kind of window update errors  is it a defect item? can i get it exchange?  

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I've just bought a new Satellite A200 27U which so far is going great.
However, I have it set to hibernate mode when I close the lid.

I can't get it to resume automatically from hibernate when I open the lid.
I have to press the power button.
Is this normal, should it resume automatically?

If so how do I make it do it?

Answer:Satellite A200-27U does not wake up from hibernation when opening lid

The same is with my Satellite P200 and I think it is normal. The same is on my second WXP preinstalled notebook.
Start up is not ?automatically? and after opening the notebook I must press power button too.
But it cannot be so problematic. What you think about it?

Do you use WXP or Vista?

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This problem only happens when the computer goes to sleep...when I wake the computer restarts and I get a message saying that there was a BSOD error. The only time this has ever happened was when the computer has went to sleep...other than that..I can play games and run the PC for hours or days without issues.

I uploaded all of the files that the tool provided by the forums was able to generate.


Answer:BSOD Issue when PC goes into hibernation..restarts upon wake

Hi steveox152.

Please make it sure that the OCZ-VERTEX4 SSD is running with the latest firmware.

Let us know.

BugCheck F4, {3, fffffa800e0bc950, fffffa800e0bcc30, fffff800037937b0}

----- ETW minidump data unavailable-----
Probably caused by : csrss.exe

Followup: MachineOwner

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ACER ASPIRE 5630. Went into hibernation when battery went flat. Now wont boot. Just powers up for one second and then shuts down again. Battery charger connected. Yellow Power LED flashes on off very slowly, but battery does not appear to charge!Is it locked up in BIOS and would this prevent charging?Its so annoying as Laptop is mission crucial! :-(Many thanks in advance.Vickie

Answer:Acer 5630 hibernation -wont wake!

There is no BIOS setting that may prevent battery from charging.Maybe the battery is out of order.You may try to start your notebook without the battery, but power supply connected.

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I have been having a severe problem with my L40-PSL40E:

If I put down the screen I couldn't restart and had to reinstall Vista! After some updates it was alright for a few months now I lost my entire harddrive AGAIN!

Friends told me it has something to do with hybernation modus or bios (?) and to download some bios-driver?

But the link of 11/02/2008 is not functioning

Answer:Satellite L40 PSL40E does not wake up from hibernation when lid was closed

The link to the BIOS should works... I have visited the Toshiba European driver page and the links work definitely. Maybe you should try it again.

Generally it's not a bad idea to update the BIOS and the OS to the latest state.
The Vista still includes many bugs and you should check the from time to time if an patches and hofixes were released.

In the next time the SP1 should be released and you should install the final version (if available).

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I have had my Satellite Pro L20 laptop for a year now and it has been getting slow recently, especially when starting up after being in hibernation mode.

It is now not even turning back on. I had placed it in hibernation mode and then when I tried turning it on again, it hummed as if it was starting up but the screen remains blank.

I don't think it is communicating with the rest of the laptop. I have tried rebooting it several times but I still can't get it out of its inactive hibernation mode and the monitor is just not responding.

Any help would be kindly appreciated!

Answer:Satellite Pro L20: Blank display after wake up from hibernation

Did you manage to fix this?

I have exactly the same problem


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i close the lid it goes to sleep i open the lid it wont resume is there some kinda trick

Answer:how to wake hp pavillion dv9700 laptop up from hibernation

Yes, you press the power button to wake it up.

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Hi, I have a w520, with a 128 SSD in the main slot with the original 500 HDD in the UltraBay. On wake from hibernation the system tries to eject the drive.  I have tried a few solutions:1. Windows 7 rebuild from scratch2. Format HDD 3. Disable Write Caching4. Install Intel RST The rebuild worked until I did a driver update at which point the problem resurfaced. Help would be awesome, thanks all!


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Answer:W520 Ejecting (or trying) UltraBay III HDD on Wake from Hibernation

Hi. By ejecting do you mean disconnecting? Just wanted to confirm. I have a drive connected to the external eSATA port and was getting disconnects/reconnects until the drive finally did not show any longer in RST.  Sounds like your problem could be the same (it just started happening to me yesterday for some reason). I am trying the latest Lenovo RST drivers to see if they make any difference. What version of RST did you try to update to? Do you have the latest RST drivers from Lenovo? There are also some SSD related fixes (not sure if just for RAID though) in later RST versions than Lenovo's so you may wish to also try other RST releases. There are some posts on the RST drivers in one of the other threads here in the forum. Shouldn't be too hard for you to find :-).

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If I were to let my computer go into sleep mode, if I let it go alll the way into it, I cant wake it up without having to turn it off and back on and having to log back in, not to mention losing open browser windows/tabs, and any other work.
Same with Hibernation, except, I cant stop that....
The simple answer would be to set it to not go into sleep or hibernation, but thats not a solution, just a temporary remedy.

Does anybody know some possible causes or other reasons?
or at least how to fix it?
I know Im clueless.
Some extra details.
When I try to wake it from hibernation, my laptops lights will go on. All but the screen, and I know its not a monitor problem. Same thing with sleep mode, The lights will stop blinking, and be on, but the screens just blank.

Answer:Computer doesnt wake up from Sleep/Hibernation

Hello ComputerTalk-Jayson,Hybrid mode is to have the computer go to sleep first, then after the time you set will go into hibernation. That is why it is taking a bit longer since your computer is resuming from hibernation and not sleep.For you what you want, you would need to set your Power Plan settings to "Sleep" and turn off "Hybrid" and "Hibernate" like in the recommended "Sleep" settings in the tutorial below. Afterwards, the computer should wake up from sleep and be ready to go in a second or two.Power Plan Settings ChangeHope this helps,Max

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I tried searching this issue but couldn't find any solutions. For some reason my desktop won't wake up from hibernation unless all the USB devices are unplugged. Never had this problem before Windows 10. Any suggestions?

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Ever since I've installed a second hard drive in my T410, a Hitachi 250GB drive, my machine fails to wake from sleep (sometimes)... Then I have to do a hard reset. I had the same problem without the 2nd drive when I tried to use the HD Password in the BIOS and found out that it was something to do with the Crucial M4 drive I'm using. But this same problem is now happening ever since using the 2nd drive slot. Any ideas? I really like the extra storage space and don't want to remove it based on this problem. 

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________T410(2537) -- i7 620M - Intel HD GPU (1440 x 900) - 8GB RAM - 128GB Crucial M4 SSD - 250GB Hitachi HDD - Windows 7 & 8 Pro


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Answer:T410 fails to wake from sleep with 2nd Hard drive installed?

Quick update. It wakes up eventually if you leave the machine for about 40 seconds.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________T410(2537) -- i7 620M - Intel HD GPU (1440 x 900) - 8GB RAM - 128GB Crucial M4 SSD - 250GB Hitachi HDD - Windows 7 & 8 Pro

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Folks, Like many of you I've had the dodgy DC connection problem and I've resolved this a while ago by re-soldering the errant joint on the jack to motherboard interface.

All was well with the laptop until yesterday when I tried to get the machine to wake up from standby / hibernate mode whichever it is when you close the screen) and now all that happens is that the blue LED around the power button is illuminated, the CPU fan spins for about 5 seconds, the HDD light flashes once maybe twice and the DVD drive briefly spins up.

Beyond that nothing else happens... the screen is blank and the laptop is effectively not starting from the occasional whirl of the fan.

Is there anyway to perform a reset of some kind to get it to snap out of hibernate mode? I've read up about this on various other forums and have tried starting it without memory, without the HDD and without the DVD drive and still no life.

Any input is appreciated as I need this laptop to spring back into life again.

Thanks in advance


Answer:Satellite M30X-111 would not wake up from standby/hibernation mode

Hi there,

to wake the machine up you just have to remove the battery and the AC and let the machine stay for a couple of hours. After this, it should work again.
By the way: It?s sometimes a good idea to make a biosupdate, because maybe the problem is just coming from the bios.

Please give some feedback about your success.. :)


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I searched high and low for a solution to this issue. In windows 7 Pro I was able to put my N585 into hibernation at work, drive home, start up and continue to work where I left off. I have a 2nd N585 that I upgraded to windows 10 first before upgrading my main laptop. That computer will emerge from hibernation just fine. Once I felt comfortable with Windows 10 I upgraded my main laptop to Windows 10. It will not come out of hibernation. I have to hold down the power button and restart and I lose all the work I did prior to the shutdown. I have formatted the drive and installed a fresh WIn 1o install and the problem continues. All drivers are up to date. I ran test utilities on the RAM and all is fine. This is very frustrating. I have enen istalled a new SSD Hard Drive to see if it will fix the problem to no avail. I have spent 2 weekends formatting and reinstalling my software to fix this. Any and all help would be appreciated. I believe this is a hardware issue with the BIOS since I have done a virgin install of the OS.

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Hi there,

I am running a Windows 7 64-bit setup, and I'm trying to get a timer to wake Windows from sleep or hibernation.

I've got it to work flawlessly on my desktop, however on my laptop, a Dell D630, I can't seem to get it to work. I've created a task triggering on a specific time and running the operation '/c "exit"', which should just start a command prompt and close it again. I've set it to "run with highest privileges" and "wake the computer to run this task". However, it just doesn't boot as scheduled.

The history of the scheduler says nothing at the moment that the trigger is set to go off, but a minut later (probably when I manually boot) I get a "Task scheduler "{....}" instance of the task "\Wakeup" due to a time trigger condition."

What can I do to fix this?

Thank you.

Answer:Scheduler fails while trying to wake Windows from sleep/hibernation.

Hello and welcome to Seven Forums.

Some things you can try for testing:

Turn off "run with highest privileges" - you shouldn't need it for this task

Try different setting combinations for:
"Run whether user is logged on or not" / "Run only when user is logged on"
"Start the task only if the computer is an AC power"
"Stop if the computer switches to battery power"

Compare each page in the Task settings between the Desktop and Laptop.
See if you can find some different setting(s) that might cause this.

If you logon with a Standard account when the computer sleeps, try using an Admin account.

Hope this helps,

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Sometimes when I resume my computer from hibernation, I come back to it (after going to make a cup of tea whilst it boots up, for instance) to find it off again.

I have since observed it more closely and discovered the following: if I resume from hibernation and do not touch the mouse or keyboard, the computer will load up Windows but then hibernate itself again immediately.

If I move the mouse pointer at some point whilst Windows is finishing loading the desktop, etc., then the computer doesn't automatically hibernate.

Has anyone else had this problem and is there a solution?

Answer:Satellite P200-144 shuts down after wake up from hibernation mode

I have Satellite P200 too but I didn?t notice something similar. I use it for work and use often standby and hibernation mode. Usually such problems are fixed with BIOS updates.
Have you updated BIOS with latest version?

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After recent BIOS/Lenovo/Microsoft update my external monitors stays in sleep after the resume from sleep/hibernation. Turing monitor on and off OR re-connecting miniDisplay cable won?t help. Switching to main LCD only and ?Second screen only? using Win+P key won?t help either. Only full laptop shutdown and power up will make monitor to wake up. This is new problem started 1-2 weeks ago. Windows 10 64bit up to date. Using Lenovo Companion to update drivers.BIOS: LENOVO N1EET69W (1.42 ), 28.06.20172 external monitors connected on miniDisplay port.NVIDIA Quadro M2000M is enabled only ( enabled. It is really time consuming when I need to forcibly power off and on when I just need to do my work.Any help appreciated? Attached suspected entry from EventLog:Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEventCode: 117Parameter 1: ffffac83f4936010Parameter 2: fffff807771bf44cParameter 3: 0Parameter 4: 3990OS version: 10_0_15063Service Pack: 0_0Product: 256_1OS Version: 10.0.15063. ID: 1029Extra information about the problemBucket ID: LKD_0x117_Tdr:3_TdrBug:575504_TdrVTR:15_IMAGE_nvlddmkm.sys_MaxwellServer information: d5948a56-ca62-4753-817c-e028eca34f8b

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This happens 95% of the time. sometimes it DOES work though. anyway, I looked through all the internet...or just about..and cannot find anyone who has found a cure yet. these are the symptoms.

When you go to sleep, or hibernate, when you try to wake it up, it gets stuck on a black screen for about 8 min. then restarts.

if you press shut down, it says "shutting down" and stays there 8 min. then restarts.

i have not been able to find a cure..please help.

also, i uninstalled all the windows updates from the past only leaving one. i unintsalled because i thoguht it might fix the problem and i would just search for updates so that i could get rid of the extra updates and only get the most recent updates. but now, i have no updates and when i press search for updates, nothing comes up. can anyone teach me how to reset so that any updates that apply will reappear? because i believe there are updates that apply, but since i uninstalled it, it is not going to show up on my updates list again. please help. thanks

Answer:Vista hibernation/sleep does not wake up, stays at shut down

Are you hitting the shut-down button just once and not holding it down? One quick press should take the puter out of hibernation.

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My Yoga 3 Pro won't wake up from sleep / hibernation, the only sign of activity is the keyboard lights just blinking, AGAIN! :-(. This is a common problem with Yoga 2 13 models I have learnt, not only from various boards, but also my self, when I returned a yoga 2 13 after 5 days, and got the Yoga 3 Pro model. The laptop is now only 6 months old. I experienced the same wake up problems 3 weeks ago with my 3 Pro, and the shop here in Copenhagen sent it back to service. When I got it back 4 days ago, the service team had just changed "Cinch Audio" and updated the BIOS. It seems like they never really fixed the real problem. Two days ago the computer again had problems to wake up, and now it seems to be frozen in this blinking mode. I I have tried hard reboot (holding the power button for ca 20 secs), but it won't solve the problem. Has anyone experienced the same problem, and any durable solutions to it? If it stays like this, I'll hand it in, try to get it reimbursed and I will gladly buy another computer, but not from Lenovo anymore. 

Answer:Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro won't wake up from sleep / hibernation, keyboard just blinking

My yoga 3 pro did that for quite some time and now won't even turn on!!! Right in time for my first few exams npnp

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After some time away from the computer, it seems to be sleeping or hibernating (I don't know the difference). The screen is dark. Sometimes, I can wiggle the mouse or pad and it wakes up, but now, I have to hold down the on/off button and power off and restart. I went into Power Management and turned off everything I could. I've tried using the FN keys. Hibernation is unchecked. I'm so frustrated. The troubleshooting was useless. And I called Lenovo twice and got a complete runaround. They sent me to dealers for government! I love my two Lenovo computers, but their support is the worst I've ever seen. I hope someone can help. Thanks,Susan  moderator note: type added to title.  Message Edited by Agotthelf on 27-03-2009 10:03 AM

Answer:T61p: Cannot wake computer from hibernation despite changing the power settings XP

Hello Susan, welcome to Lenovo forums! Please tell us you model, not S/N, number and used OS please.It will help us to help you.

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I just put a new crucial SSD in an Inspiron 15 5000 series.
Installed windows 10 from scratch.
now when the computer goes into hibernation mode (maybe sleep too?) the computer won't wake up. 
When I hit the keyboard, the keys will light up for a bit, but the computer won't wake. Eventually I just hold down the power button and wait for it to restart.
If anyone has any ideas on what to do it would be a big help.


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My computer is to be having some problems booting when it has been asleep/hibernating/turned off. At first it seemed to be just when it had been asleep or hibernating, but recently it wont boot after being turned off for a short while (an hour or so).

What happens, is that after turning it on, I get a "No signal" message on my monitor, and nothing shows up on it. The computer turns on, it makes the usual noises, but no signal comes through to the monitor.

The only way I can seem to get it started after this is if I leave it unplugged for a while, usually at least an hour and a half or so, then it will either boot from scratch or resume Windows from sleep/hibernation.

I never have the problem turning it on at the beginning of the day when it's been off all night, so it's as if it needs to be off for a long while for some reason.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on an AMD A10-5800K and Gigabyte F2A85X-D3H, with 8GB RAM.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide

Answer:Windows wont wake up from sleep, hibernation or turned off for a short time

Before going too deeply into this, if the light on the monitor is lit, try a different cable.

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If you are experiencing the S10 with Vista crashing upon resume/wake up from LONG TERM sleep/suspend/hibernation there is some help from Microsoft here: Microsoft KB Microsoft KB1 The second article is more detailed in identifying the correct registry key.This problem with the S10 seems related to the usbvideo.sys driver used by the built-in Lenovo webcam so you have to find the registry key in your S10 associated with the webcam. According to the articles it is a problem with Vista and it exists in other laptops/desktops and other usb devices. These articles may also help if you are experiencing this issue with WIN7.

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Hi all, Sometimes, when I come out of sleep or hibernation, the brightness controls Fn + up or end keys stops working. I recall this is handled by the BIOS / firmware of the laptop but it seems like the OS messes things up. I also understand that the OS does interface with this BIOS level feature as it adds the HUD display with the green bars (which also stop working when this problem occurs). Does someone know which service is responsible of handling this under Vista? I could look the task manager but without knowing what I must look for, it is not easy to restart this service. Edit: I just did an experiment. I put the laptop in hibernation using fn + F12. I let it turn off then powered it back on. Using the Fn + up or end worked while in the initial loading screen (the one that says windows is starting with the scrolling bar). Then comes the login screen. Once I was in my Vista account, the Fn short cut was not working again. So it really sounds like Vista is overriding the firmware behavior. Thanks for any help. Message Edited by marcbe on 04-06-2008 05:36 PM

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. . . Macrium Reflect "fix boot errors" is saving my A**!
Between updates, on Wake from Sleep, no Wake . . .. requires hard start . . . spinning dots . . . no boot . . . requires my Macrium Reflect intervention disk . . . "fix boot errors" . . . . System then actually does Start . . .
Anyone else . . . ? What is going on?

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My computer failed to boot a few weeks ago. I took out the C drive and put it in an external drive case on my other computer in order to retrieve outlook emails, bookmarks, etc. The drive is 250 gigs. It only shows an 'N' drive, 130 gigs worth of data, which must have been a partition. The C drive isn't there. Is it corrupted? Will be I be able to retrieve anything from the C drive?  If the drive is corrupted, why does one partition show up and not the other?

Answer:Hard drive doesn't show C drive, but shows the other partition

I had a similar situation. I was able to get data off the drive using a Ubuntu live cd. Burn the iso to cd, put the drive back in the computer and boot to the cd. If you can see the drive in Places then you should be able to get your data off. Please note the "if" and "should".Good luck.

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I'm having the same issues as this lady. I have two IDE hard drives from older computers that I want to try to recover data from. I got a new enclosure all set up, plugged the first drive in (Drive 5), and it doesn't register under My Computer. I right click My Computer, go to Manage, avoid initializing/formatting the drive, and find that it's offline and unallocated. This is what it looks like.

I right click the drive listing (left side) and click Offline, hoping that'll bring it online. "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." Right click the right side, and I see "new simple volume, new spanned volume, new striped volume, properties, help." The latter two are clickable, the rest gray. I do everything the 'net tells me to do: change the jumper to Master, clean it with compressed air, restart the computer, restart the enclosure, reinstall the enclosure driver. Nothing changes.

I try plugging the enclosure into mom's laptop, and "offline" is now grayed out when I right click the left side of the drive listing. On the right side, "new simple volume" is clickable now, but my friend says that will also initialize the drive and erase everything, so I didn't try it. Apart from these differences, everything was exactly the same.

So I use the steps in the thread I linked in the beginning, hoping that the data recovery tool might be able to access the drive. When it scans all devices, however, the enclos... Read more

Answer:new hard drive enclosure, drive doesn't register

What kind of enclosure did you buy? The drives may be genuinely unusable, or it might be a problem with the enclosure.

When I want to salvage data from old drives I use this old tried-and-true Kingwin SATA/IDE->USB 2.0 adapter. Very inexpensive (so you can try it out yourself for minimal cost investment), but very reliable in my own experience. If you have a very large drive (e.g. SATA) that you want to access, it might be worth considering their USB 3.0 version for just a few dollars more because of the much faster USB 3.0 transfer speed.

I wouldn't give up yet on your IDE drives yet until I'd given this other adapter approach a shot. Never failed for me.

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I plan to install a new HDD. I want to clone the old one onto the new. I have the necessary wires connected (done this before) but when I go to Start>Computer> I see the existing C disk displayed but not the new one. I disconnect the new one and attach an older drive I use for backup. It shows up immediately.
I disconnect it and reconnect the new one- nothing!

But, when I have the new one connected and I open WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic, it sees and will run a test on the new HDD. I tried Hard Disk Sentinel and it sees the new HDD. But Win7 won't recognize it.

Is there something I need to do to activate the new HDD so I can begin cloning?

Answer:My PC doesn't see the new hard drive

Is the new drive formatted? Try formatting it first before cloning.

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Hi there!

Today I just bought a new Barracuda 7200.7 Seagate SATA 200 GB hard drive and when I took it home I realised that it doesn't fit into the cords that I use. I think it may be because my computer is too old and new computers use a different sized cord. Could someone please tell me what I should do?
Do I need to buy the cord seperately?


Answer:new hard drive doesn't fit

sounds like you've bought a SATA hard drive but your pc only supports PATA; change the drive for the right one or fit a SATA PCI controller card.

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I believe my daughter got something on her computer. It started with security alerts from Norton and Windows. Evidently it graduated to the point that Norton will not load up. MBAM would not install even if I tried to change the program name. As I have been down this road before, I put in the Windows XP disk and rebooted with the intention of reformatting and reinstalling the OS. I get a blue screen saying "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" and then it instructs me to run chkdsk /F. Since I the hard drive on this computer was a bit small anyway, I bought a new 1TB hard drive. I started up the PC with the XP install disk and I get the same blue screen message. I checked the XP install disk with another PC to see if the virus had written something on the disk, but it doesn't look like the dates on any of the files were updated.
Could this be a BIOS virus?

Answer:New hard drive doesn't help!

What is the actual blue screen error you are receiving?

Please post the error that is reported usually this is located around the bottom of the blue screen.

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Hi There! Thanks ahead to anyone who has an idea:I have a 250 GB external harddrive. The enclosure is Bytecc, I bought it assembled and it has worked great up until now. Basically, I am connecting it to power, and then to my computer. When I turn the power on my computer, I hear the windows chime that says an external device has been connected . . . but autorun never opens and asks me what I would like to do (ie play the media, open folders in window, etc) I can rule out a couple things: I have connected the device to another computer, and once again, it is not appearing in My Computer, though the "duh-dah" chime is still playing! I have also hooked my 2nd external drive to each computer and it works just fine . . . so I am not sure what is happening. The (non-working) drive has an external light that normally flickers between red and green. When the drive starts up, it is red for a few seconds, then turns green. (I think the red normally means the computer is reading/writing to the disk . . . but I am not well versed in these things) The Light has been working, and the drive "whirs" when it starts up. ALSO, The "safely remove devices" icon DOES appear in my system tray . . . however when I double click on it, nothing actually appears IN it. If I power off the external drive it dissapears. So . . . weird huh? anyone have any ideas?

Answer:USB Hard drive doesn't appear in My Computer

Usb devices need a constant power source?? m_2(If I power off the external drive it dissapears)Mark Bush:------------------------------------------------------------------------but autorun never opens and asks me what I would like to do (ie play the media, open folders in window, etc)  Mark Bush:--------------------------------------------------------------------Are you getting confused with a cd/dvd drive when you load disk into it??          M_2

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I'm using a seagate 500gb hd and it has been good until i downloaded some things onmy brther's pc. My pc doesn't even know what program to use to open the drive. This is so frustrating coz if I have to reformat...I'm screwed!
All my assignments are in there and I won't have time to rewrite them all....
And my pc doesn't show the files in my other drives either....

Please help me..

Answer:PC doesn't know my external hard drive.....

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I just built a computer and I have a 64GB Crucial M4 SSD as my primary drive and a 500GB WD Caviar Blue as my secondary drive. The issue is that Windows 7 doesn't recognize the WD Caviar Blue, only the SSD. Both the BIOS and the Device Manager recognize the WD Hard Drive it just doesn't show up in Windows 7.

Answer:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show Up

Does it show up in Disk Management?? Can you assign a drive letter to it there?

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Hi Guys

I have 2 laptop hard drive both (20 gb) one is Hitachi and othe one is IBM . I did connected to the IDE of my Desktop computer and the first one is recognize (Hitachi) but other one (IBM) doesn't recognize .when it was connected I did open the cover and the disk is runing . please inform me with any idea and I am not sure when i did open it if everything is right place . if there is some website of the Notebook hard drive which is shows tutorial or with good pictures then i see everything is right place . I tried in google but i didn't find good one.

Answer:it doesn't recognize hard drive

The IBM may need formatting.

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I transplanted my 20 gb hard drive from my old computer into my new one. It had Windows 98 on it. My new system has Windows XP(Home). I configured the jumpers and powered up. In the BIOS everything checked out like it should. It started up into Windows XP and seemed to work. I clicked on my computer and there it was, my extra hard drive. But then It said Windows ran into a serious problem and before I could do anything it restarted on it's own. Then it boots up again and runs into a "serious problem" and restarts on it's own. Could it be the clashing OS's or is a power problem? I have a 350 Watt case, which I thought would be sufficient. What else could be causing this?

Thank you,

Answer:New Hard Drive doesn't work?

The power supply is ample so that should not be the problem. What it may be is the old drivers from the old computer on that drive. Try booting in safe mode and see if you can get into it (old hard drive) and remove the drivers from the old computer.

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I have just purchased a new Acer full-size tower PC.
The model, from the invoice, is apparently:
The dealer's tech just phoned me and tells me that
I can't have a second hard drive installed in this huge,
mostly empty box!
I've always used a second hard drive in my PCs to
facilitate real-time backing up.
Why would any manufacturer make a full size tower,
with plenty of physical room, but only data 
connections for one hard drive and one optical
I know laptop users with two hard drives.
Now, I will have to wait until I can afford an external
drive, and put up with having a sloppy external box
to deal with for the life of this machine.
I'm NOT a happy camper!
[edited for privacy-please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, email addresses, phone numbers, serial numbers, etc.]

Answer:Why Acer doesn't allow a second hard drive?

your PC has only 2 SATA connectors on the motherboard, so if you have a DVD/CD drive installed, you can have only 1 HDD.  

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I just formated my hard drive (I have 2) but the extended partion on my 1st hd is inaccessable even though under computer management it says it is healthy. the thing is it doesn't have a file system assigned to it (the other 2 are NTFS)
it is a logical drive that i can access and the 2 good drives are primary partitions.

C: 127 GB....System - drive is good
D: 58 is inaccessable
H: 372 GB..... drive is good
is it possible to merge C and D back into 1 drive or will i lose the data? Is there a way to assign a NTFS file system to it withou losing data?


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So basically I have a 400 gb hard drive that has been working fine till yesterday.

I think it is a WD drive, it is internal.

I have to hard drives in my windows xp. The operating system is on the c drive but I added an internal drive to have more memory and use it mostly just for storage like music, movies etc. Yesterday I went to copy something from my desktop which is on the C drive into the F drive (this is the add-on drive that is not working properly) and it started copying but about half way through I got some errors and than the F drive disappeared from under my computer. I restarted the computer but I got an error stating that this is not drive plugged in to SATA 2, which was the location of the F drive. After a while passed I restarted the computer again but this time it would load without an error but once it gets past the windows booting screen the screen would go blank and nothing will happen.

I've ran the computers hard drive diagnostics and on the WD hard drive it just says fail but all the other drives and the cd-roms load fine.

The computer starts up fine with the F drive disconnected. Could it be that the F drive crashed and is lost?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Hard drive doesn't show

Could it be that the F drive crashed and is lost?Click to expand...

That's a possibility but if you haven't already, check the connections of the cables to make sure they aren't loose. If that doesn't do anything, try replacing the cable.

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After much trouble I finally got vista installation disk to run with help from another forum, but now get stuck because it does not see my hard drive. I've tried reloading the drivers from the gigabyte website for the mb.(ga-g31m-es2L). I have a quad core 9400 processor and the hard drive is a WD 640gb. Any suggestions are very welcome.

Answer:vista doesn't see my hard drive

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I've been having this issue with my laptop after installing a newly formatted drive where XP refuses to install. I know about the AHCI/SATA issues, but my laptop has a Phoenix BIOS which doesn't allow me to change any advanced BIOS options, including disabling AHCI. Help!

Answer:XP Doesn't Recognize Hard Drive

I had the same problem on my HP laptop awhile back. After loading all the drivers, the installation said it couldn't locate the hard drive. I also thought it was a SATA/AHCI problem.After fiddling with all sorts of drivers, I switched "SATA native mode" to off and that's what worked. Hope this helps.

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Cannot reformat it, because it's the only hard drive with my information left on it. The one it came from was totalled and there's no way to back it up.

On startup, it recognizes that the hard drive is in. But it doesn't show up on My Computer.

Answer:Second Hard Drive Doesn't Show

How are the jumpers set? . . where is it connected on the ide cable?

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I just did a fresh re-install of XP and for some reason I'm having trouble with my second hard drive. Its already formatted and contains 2 partitions which were working fine before the re-install. I have the jumpers set correctly. In the disk management section of the device manager, the disk shows up as health (active) and online. It has not been assigned a letter and XP won't let me assign one. Before I re-installed the OS, I reformatted my C drive but I didn't reformat the slave drive. Any ideas?


Answer:XP doesn't see slave hard drive

HI, This happens quite often and I do not know the answer. On this computer it has happened twice, once when I bought it and all the shop could do was reformat the drive. The second time I did an install and the same thing happened and I also reformatted the drive.

Do a search as this question has come up umpteen times or if it does not matter reformat the drive and see if this helps. Sometimes PM is blamed. Peace Mal

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Help! my windows dvd doesn't see my hard drive with my os. No installation media for it. I know it just uses the MS driver but repair wants installation media. I put all my system 32 drivers (folder) on a usb stick but repair doesn't see any drivers in it. It's a Sandisk ssd plus 240 Gb.

Any thoughts?
Thank you,

Answer:windows dvd doesn't see my hard drive

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
From this tutorial
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System
Prep the ssd or hdd for install,

Prepare the SSD – You first have to initialize the SSD to create the MBR. You can do that with Disk Management or with this program (which you will need later anyhow).

Then you need to align the SSD and define an active partition on it. You use an elevated Command Prompt with the following commands:

List disk
Select disk n (where n is the number that was given for your SSD in List disk)
Create partition primary align=1024
Format fs=ntfs quick
Active (assuming you want to install an OS)

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Ive just installed a second hard drive but there isnt an icon in My computer for it so i cant use it.Im using XP and ive tried the "add new hardware wizard", ive updated the drivers and ive set the hard drive jumpers to slave.It works i just cant get at the hard drive to use it.Help please.hard drive: western digital Caviar UDMA100

Answer:Hard drive doesn't appear in My computer

Is it detected in bios?

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First time here, first post. This looks like a great forum. I think I'll be visiting a lot.

So here's my issue: I boot off of a SATA drive but use an IDE for a second drive for backups. On some boots it sees the drive and on other boots it doesn't. It seems to be running 50/50.

Any idea what could be causing this and how I might increase the odds to, say, about 100%?




I just wanted to report how I solved this issue.

I made the connection about the problem and the Acronis software after lots of Googleing and reading I eventually found this post:
Take a note everyone and Acronis - - Wilders Security Forums

I looked at the drive in question in Device Manager and saw this...

Those two lowest driver are from the Acronis company. I had installed their virus on my computer to create an image of my old drive to my new. However, an uninstall will not remove everything.

Their software leaves behind unasked for, unwanted hooks into your hardware that through improper manual removal can render your computer unbootable.

Their virus also slows down your hardware which is why the drive was not beeing seen on boot but was was found after a rescan.

Acronis provides manual uninstall instructions here:
Wilders Security Forums - View Single Post - Remove True Image totally?

However, following those steps closely and slowly twice caused me not to be able to boot. Twice I had to go... Read more

Answer:Sometimes Win7 doesn't see my IDE hard drive

Hi Mark,
I kinda had the same setup except it was 2 SATA drives. One drive ran the OS and other was backup drive. Well problem was the backup drive was physically going bad. So sometimes it would show up in windows explorer and other times it did not. I ran HDdiags on the backup drive and it failed. Sent drive into Western Digital for exchange. Put the new drive back in and worked fine everytime.

Check your Windows Event Viewer and see if you find any hard drive related errors in there.

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I just bought a computer a few weeks ago and I put in a 120 gig Western Digital hard disk (IDE) from my old computer. The problem is that the new drive doesn't always show up in Windows XP. Whenever I do a cold boot it won't show up. However, as soon as I restart it shows up (ie. appears in My Computer). The drive is always recognized in the BIOS, just not always in Windows. The other drive that I use is a SATA drive and it works perfectly. I never had any problem with it whatsoever when it was in my previous computer. Any idea as to what could cause this and how to fix it?

Answer:Hard Drive doesn't always show up

I say, try to reformat the HD (if you can). You can back it up before you format. It might solve the problem. GOOD LUCK.

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