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Hard Drive causes reboots

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Big-K, Jul 19, 2006.

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  1. Big-K

    Big-K Thread Starter

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    Bought a new hard drive recently, refurbished admittedly. It's an MDT 160 gig EIDE drive, 7200rpm, 2 mb buffer. The problem isn't that the drive doesn't work, it works fine and i've been able to partition, put data on it, etc. The problem is that whenever I have it plugged in the computer cannot run for more than 10-30 minutes without rebooting itself at random. If unplugged and only the system drive (a 40 gig BSE) is in, everything is fine. I tried running with the system drive unplugged and only the MDT in, the only other devices being the floppy and a dvd-rom/cd burner via 'Damn Small Linux'. It ran for about 20 minutes before rebooting on me. At first I thought it was the temperature causing the problem, because once I had installed it there were some cooling issues introduced, but that was fixed and did not help. My next suspicion is the power supply, a 3 year old 300 watt. I don't see why this would be the case though, the only differences in the two hd's are the size and rpm (the system is a 5400 rpm drive).

    Any suggestions/thoughts/comments on the situation? I'll likely need to get a new PSU anyway, since i'll be upgrading the video card and adding more memory soon enough.

    -K
     
  2. dustyjay

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    A 300 W PSU is genreally a fairly low capacity these days. And the new (Refurbished) drive may just be drawing too much for too long on that power supply. If you have a different computer that you can test the drive on for a while you might give that a go. Remember sometimes refurbished means that someone returned the drive and no reason was specified, so the company made sure it appeared clean and resold it.
     
  3. Big-K

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    After a couple tests i've decided that the power supply itself is indeed dying, since last night and tonight both the computer rebooted itself without the new hd plugged in.
     
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