While streaming HDD just becomes dismounted, also preventing a restart of Windows
At certain times, when streaming through Plex to my phone on the local wifi network, the stream abruptly stops with a generic error message. After that, if I try to continue streaming or open anything on plex, it just tries to load them, with no success or error message. Restarting or reinstalling the plex app does not help.
On the PC side, when this happens I usually notice my E: drive (on which the content resides) no longer shows drive capacity in windows, and cannot be accessed. This is not a problem with the drive, or windows, as it only happens when Plex is streaming. This does, however create a significant problem, as windows is no longer able to restart the machine after that, so unless I have physical access to manually power it down, I cannot get plex back up again.
Once this has happened, it is very likely it happens again during the same day. The stream starts up for a bit, then eventually the error happens again. After a few times, it doesn't happen for a while.