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Old 06-11-2007, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HDD power issues

recently, ive been having issues with my PC when booting up. It seems as if it is going to fully boot (the pc revs, if you know what i mean) but then cuts out and an orange light stays on on my gigabyte 7vaxp ultra. I thought that originally it was an issue with my PSU, but after some fiddling i found that by removing the power connection to the hard drive it would boot up. Also, when I tried another hard drive that belongs to my brother it worked (i think that drive has fractionally lower power usage).

What i want to know is that is this a case of my HDD requiring more power, or my PSU (Q-Tec 550w) starting to give out less, and if i am to replace one of them, which should it be?

both parts are around 5 years old, as i had them with the original pc and havent had the need to change them as of yet.

The HDD is a maxtor diamondmax plus 9 120GB ATA/ 133 HDD , 3.5 series
+5V 670mA
+12V 960mA

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Old 06-11-2007, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi. Is that HDD the only hard drive you have installed on your PC? If so, I remind you that the system partition is on that disk. How far can you get when booting up? Do you get the Windows logo? Have you tried a different power connector? I don't think the PSU is the problem here, since you are getting good power for the rest of the components which by the way, they use the same voltages. Have you ran any HDD diagnostic utilites yet? If not, download SpeedFan for free at:
Download SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer
and run it. Click on the "S.M.A.R.T." tab, then select your HDD from the "Hard Disk" drop-down menu and click on the "Perform an in-depth online analysis on this hard drive" button. It will tell you the health of that hard drive. I believe it's defective or dying. Also, if it's the only hard drive on your system, is it sharing the IDE cable with another ATAPI drive like a CD-ROM? That,pretty much always, causes conflicts between the drives; they need to be connected to the Mobo on different IDE controllers. Post back with more info and answers,please. Good luck!
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