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Hello, my hard drive starts up...runs for a bit, then turns off, whats the deal? it does it everytime now, whether it is hooked to the computer or not

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It could be just "overheating", or it could be "near-death".

Make a good backup of it, while you still can.

Consider opening-up the case, removing the disk-drive, and buying and replacing the disk-drive.

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Mine is doing the same thing and has been doing it since I bought it...

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