I have this 'new' Dell work laptop for less than a month now. Something happened today that happened once on this laptop just recently before and also rarely on other computers that I've used.
I was working when I noticed that applications couldn't start and when I looked at my hard drive indicator light on the laptop didn't blink at all: it seems that my hard drive wasn't responding. A forced reboot was required and afterwards the Windows Event Viewer has nothing more to say than: 'The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. ...'.
What causes this shutting down of my hard drive? I was doing low performance tasks and I wasn't moving it around. This laptop uses an SSD but I had this happen on computers with traditional hard drives as well, although not at this frequency.