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Help! Frequent hard drive problems


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mixed_boxer

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ok so about a year ago when my computer was under a year old i had my
hard drive fail on me it was a 30gb maxtor 7200 ata 133, still under
warrenty so i sent it in and got another a 40bg maxtor 7200, everything
was fine till about 4 months ago and then this hard drive crashed when
i was trying to re-install windows i belive, so i went out and got a
new a samsung 80gb 7200 everything was fine butthe computer was running
slow so i went to reformat, i deleted the old partitions and tried to
format from the xp cd, nothing tried a 98 boot disk nothin so i threw
that old 40gb back in and sure enough it booted up, was half way
through the install when it died last timeso i had to finish it, but
thats how im typing this now, not sure how this is happening doesnt
really make sense, hopefully someone can help, thanks in advance!
ps: could it be cooling? as i dont have extra fans only the graphic
cards one psu

My pc specs
Asus P4533-X mother board
Intel P4 2.4 Ghz
Maxtor 40gb
samsung 80gb
ATI Radeon 9800 pro atlantis
had 64mb gf2 in before only installed ati card 3 days ago
no name cd-rw
sony dvd-r dual layer
768 ddr ram
Award Modular BIOS 6.0
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computerwiz12890

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Hello and welcome to Geeks to Go.

Have your power supply checked out at a local computer store to make sure it is giving you enough power. I heard from someone that they should test it for free or for very cheap. Make sure they use a multimeter, since a power supply tester will just say if there's electricity flowing. There has to be a certain amount of electricity flowing or else problems like what you're describing could occur. Let me know how it goes. :tazz:
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i just ran asus probe 2 and all my voltages are good tho
+12 is at 12.16-11.988
+5-------- 4.95
.3.3-------3.232
vcore------1.536
is that good enough?
im gonna run it all day to check to see if it drops at any point

Edited by mixed_boxer, 11 October 2005 - 09:27 AM.

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I think you may still have to take it to get checked. I'll contact Peterm, who knows more about hardware than I do. Hang tight, we'll get you fixed :tazz: .
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ok thanks i ran the probe and it went over a hour and showed no major fluxes in the voltage....
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G'Day
Now that you have the computer going with 98 on the 40 gig, does the computer keep on running ok or
is it turning itself off after a while ?
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actually i didnt have to run 98 im using xp on the drive, and i have a small fan blowing into it so it seems to be ok, for now.... and i brought my hd to a friends house who had a connector for drives to be connected externally and we formated the 80gb, and today since i think it may be power supply/cooling i went out and got a case and 2 120mm fans this is the case hopefully this solves it
http://www.canadacom...6139&cid=CS.664
only time will tell thanks for all the help so far
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have you checked the cpu fan
they get filled with dust and slow down and course heat trouble
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