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 PostPost subject: HDD random powerdowns...        Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:30 am 
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at random points, my HDD will slow down, stop for a halfsecond, then speed back up to full speed... and because of this, the drive is starting to develop bad sectors...

im thinking could this could be the power supply, since the faulty wiring in my house caused a pretty bad surge... is there anyway to check before i go out and buy a new power supply?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:40 am 
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Swap the power supply out of another machine and see if it fixes it. If it does, buy a new PSU.

If your house wiring is faulty, do these kinds of issues happen to your other computers as well?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:47 am 
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I personally would be scared, it did that with my old built PC, I was just annoyed with it, as it was using one of those Y splitter molex connectors.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:52 pm 
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I'm having the same problem with my PC; drives drop off and come back online. That's why I'm on the Mac so much these days. In my case the primary IDE controller on the motherboard has completely died, so I'm hamstrung to the secondary channel. I'm fairly certain it is the PSU, since it's already fried one motherboard, and this is the second I'm having problems with (with a different CPU). All voltages are below nominal by 5-10% on idle, and I imagine more under load. Sucks pretty bad to be on a 6-year-old PC.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:25 am 
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i feel your pain dude, the computer in question is 10 years old (old IBM Aptiva), im getting another Aptiva in a week or so, so i think ill just swap out the new PSU

although, im inclined to think its the faulty wiring in the house...

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:02 pm 
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If your under vista, there was a "performance" update that started doing this, I'm trying to find what one it was now.. (screwing me off)


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Leon wrote:
If your under vista, there was a "performance" update that started doing this, I'm trying to find what one it was now.. (screwing me off)


This cant be under vista.
Its a 10 year old PC.
That computer doenst have enough memory and capacity to run it.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 1:27 am 
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Over the years, I've had a small percentage of hard drives go bad with this symptom. Sometimes this is how they die.

Also, sometimes, the connector gets to be flaky.

If changing out to a completely different power supply doesn't give you better results, and you are sure that you aren't stretching the power supplies too thin, I think your HD wants to go to a better place.


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Sounds like the drive is about to die, its happened twice with me. Save your data immediately.

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