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Old 11-29-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default 1 of 3 Harddrives causing a short in my system. Why?

A few days ago I went to turn on my computer and nothing happened. I mean nothing. Total Power failure. I take my Power Box and have the voltage checked. It was dead. Easy fix right? Well sort of. I put the power box in and and bamb.. nothing. No Power again. So I have the new one tested. It tested fine. So I gutted the computer all but the memory and cpu and it started. I plugged in my cards one by one and started it each time. Moved to my Hard Drives and the first one that I plugged in was my C: Drive. It worked. The I plugged in my F: ( the one that I store just about everything on ) and capute. Nothing happened. I unplugged the F: drive and still nothing. So I waited about 2 minutes tried again and it started up fine. I repeated this step about 4 times and the exact same thing happened.

Now its fairly obvious that my F: Drive is somehow causing a short in my system. Heres my question:

Why? LOL. Simple question with an infinate amount of possible answers I'm sure.

I really dont want to lose this drive so if you Computer Techs could lend me some knowledge it would be much appreciated.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:51 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1 of 3 Harddrives causing a short in my system. Why?

I've had this happen before for unknown reasons.

Whats the resistance between the 12 and ground, and 5 and ground, and two grounds on your hard drive?
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1 of 3 Harddrives causing a short in my system. Why?

Did you use the same plug (IDE-SATA?? you don't say which) each time you plugged the drive in? It could just be a faulty cable, can you try a different one?

Does this occur when the F: drive is the only drive connected? (Try different plugs/cables here as well)
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Default Re: 1 of 3 Harddrives causing a short in my system. Why?

I had the same problem. The cause for me was, I had 2 hard drives touching eachother, metal to metal. I couldn't fit all my hard drives in there so I made it fit, but 2 were touching and shorting the computer. I moved it away from the other hard drive and I was golden.
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Did you use the same plug (IDE-SATA?? you don't say which) each time you plugged the drive in? It could just be a faulty cable, can you try a different one?

Does this occur when the F: drive is the only drive connected? (Try different plugs/cables here as well)
Well the IDE cable connections for two drives. I've switched them up between the C and F drives and also used both connections on the C drive by itself and both work fine when only the C drive is connected.

I'll try a new one to see if the problem may be in the cable but it doesnt seem to be.

Anymore thoughts are welcome.
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Default Re: 1 of 3 Harddrives causing a short in my system. Why?

I'm not sure what you mean?
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:13 PM   #7
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I'm not sure what you mean?
I think maybe he had the pcb of one drive touching the metal case of the other drive, ergo short.

I presume you've looked at the IDE socket pins on the F: drive and they're all OK?
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Default Re: 1 of 3 Harddrives causing a short in my system. Why?

Can i just suggest that you reset the BIOS, its the most basic step but it solves alot of problems mate.
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Did you use the same plug (IDE-SATA?? you don't say which) each time you plugged the drive in? It could just be a faulty cable, can you try a different one?

Does this occur when the F: drive is the only drive connected? (Try different plugs/cables here as well)

Hey this might be what I need to look at. Because my drives are like jammed in there. I'm gonna try this.
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Can i just suggest that you reset the BIOS, its the most basic step but it solves alot of problems mate.
How do I reset the BIOS. With a jumper. Is it labeled BIOS reset.
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