Hard drive keeping PC from powering up!!

Discussion in 'HP' started by niteprlr, Mar 5, 2004.

  1. niteprlr

    niteprlr Guest

    Hi all, I have seen it all! I have a Maxtor HD in my PC. One
    day the PC won't boot, won't even power up; the power LED lights up,
    but the power supply fan won't even spin! The likely thing to do was
    to check all power connections, which were ok. I then replaced the
    power supply and got the same results. I went ahead and unplugged all
    of the devices and replugged them in one at a time. When I got to the
    hard drive, BAM! the problem resurfaced. I tried replacing the ribbon
    cable, tried setting it as the slave, and tried it in a different
    system all with the same result. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    I'm a total idiot and didn't backup the data on the HD ( I guess I
    deserve what I get ). But any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    niteprlr, Mar 5, 2004
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    rstlne Guest

    Unplug everything except for mobo/processor/1 stick of ram/video card
    Remove the rest of the cards.. Then try to start the pc.. It's possible that
    the power supply isnt delivering enough juice to start the system
    rstlne, Mar 5, 2004
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Most likely the hard drive has just died and it presents too much
    of a load/short to the power supply so it shuts down at power
    on time when it sees the high load on the power supply.
    You do indeed. How big is the drive ? With the older
    ones you may be able to swap the logic card on the
    drive with an identical model and get the data back.
    You could slash your wrists |-(
    Rod Speed, Mar 5, 2004
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    jeff findley Guest

    Isn't it obvious? The hard drive is dead.
    We learn more from our failures than we do our successes.

    Replace the hard drive and add a CD-RW (or *something*) to the system
    to let you backup critical data. Neither component is very expensive
    these days.

    jeff findley, Mar 5, 2004
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    DaveW Guest

    Either the harddrive has failed, OR the IDE controller for that channel on
    the motherboard has failed.
    DaveW, Mar 6, 2004
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