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Old 01-08-2005, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hard Drive power? problems..

Ok, I've had an occasional problem for a month or so.. where the hard drive sounds like it powers down for a second and come back up... causing the computer to freeze. It happened today, and when I rebooted the computer it couldnt find the hard drive.. and it wouldnt stop powering down the drive.

I turned off the computer for about 20 seconds.. and it started acting up when I turned it on. After I left it off for a couple minutes it started acting fine.

The drive is a western digital 120gb eide.. about 2 years old. Their site isnt responding.. so I cant give a model number atm. Its been active nearly 24/7 for the life of the drive.

I'm trying to determine if this is a problem w/ the PSU or with the drive. I havent noticed power problems with anything else.. but my vid card occassionaly gets stuck in an infinite loop.

In any event.. I'm a little scatter brained right now. I'm sure I missed something, so feel free to ask.


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Old 01-08-2005, 11:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try test your 12v rail on the psu use the yellow and black wires stick a multimeter in a molex while your system is on to test it

also test your 5v line the same way (black and red) watch the voltages when your hard drive stops.

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Old 01-08-2005, 11:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply..

I dont have access to a multimeter.. not to mention it could be days until the drive acts up again... but it IS something thats been happening more frequently the last couple days.
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