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Problem installing old sata drives to new PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by suzzy_lou, Nov 20, 2011.

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  1. suzzy_lou

    suzzy_lou Thread Starter

    Nov 20, 2011
    Hi everybody,

    I bought a new computer last week which is running windows 7, 64 bit, 1TB HD. I wanted to install my old sata drives from my old XP box which worked fine previously. I put the first one in and it worked fine. Then i shut down the machine and added the second one. As soon as i turned the power back on the second one it blew (with smoke!). I quickly turned off the power and took the second one out. I then turned the PC on again and the first one (that was working fine) also blew with smoke so i took that out. The PC is working fine now but both of my sata drives are now US (one was main other was backup). I am really concerned as to why these drives blew. The PC is very different from my old one and the power supply is 300 watts rather than 250 watts but i didn't think this a problem. I'm now wondering why this happened and whether i can ever put another hard drive in this box? Plesae can someone help and offer some expert advice - what could be the reason for this?

    thanks x
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    I cannot think of a reason, unless you have a modular power supply that has connectors keyed so the cables can be plugged into the wrong connectors (like mine that blew up a hard drive). What is the manufacturer and model for your power supply?
  3. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 25, 2005
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    Is the computer an OEM or custom built ??
    Computer Make n Model number or info might be helpful here.

    Unless you made an unlikely power cable wiring/connection mistake ..
    I’d be checking the power cable voltages to the old SATAs.
    I’m thinking a possible bad cable/connector ??

    You could connect the old SATAs via a SATA <> USB docking station that has it&#8217;s own power supply ..
    Something like One of These

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