sata drive dissappears... gone from system not just unmounted
I have a custom desktop system running 10.5.6... ( from retail OSX install i purchased a long time ago when it was built)...... upgrading a few things over the years, this is my home theater system and thats all it does and i like it. So it will stay as is.
I will may update to 10.5.8 retail soon as long as my optical digital out for sound would continue to work..... this is outside my question thou.
Anyway i have a 2nd sata hard drive for storage i added, 2TB western digital green. Added it about 8 months ago or so.... everything fine until now.
I have not been able to find anything in system logs, or anything that would show why this 2nd drive just disappears... just errors like spotlight not being able to index it.....it appears to be a healthy drive.....smart status, disk utility testing = ok.
Here is the odd part......it doesn't unmount....it is just gone. Not shown in terminal either...It's not there. Not there in disk utility either of course....I have to restart the system and it's back without issue.... stays there for quite some time usually..... then restart again..... i have not been able find find any specific program, or activity that causes this ( have not seen it disappear being an HTPC is is just on all the time and doesn't really do all that much... it's an HTPC so basic stuff).... it is becoming annoying, going to find stuff and quicksilver has a big question mark.
I do have file journaling off for this drive, althou that should not matter. Won't bother explaining why, just info in case it helps.
So is this just a drive showing me that it may die despite it appearing healthy or ?
I can buy another hard drive if this is the case and get rid of this one, rather then loosing data.
( the computer has a nice HTPC case and special aftermarket CPU cooler, negating the need for a CPU fan, Just two big 120mm side fans, all of which adds up to making less noise then your home DVR, less noise then my laptop too actually....and more air flow, for all system components............ so the drive isn't over heating or anything like that).
Is this a good question?