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I've built my own computer about six months ago and after using it happily for all that time, it decided to blow up. It seemed like the power supply had gone so I bought a new power supply but now I can only get one of the hard drives to work. If I leave the other plugged in, the computer will not boot. Is there any way I can test the seemingly broken hard drive? I'm using a 300w Quietpc power supply. My old power supply was also 300w. Any ideas?
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Difficult.
I would try using JUST the bad drive, and boot from a floppy.

If the drive is not formatted with NTFS, you should be  at least able to do a
DIR
on it.

I would recommend that you download a diagnostic disk from your harddrive manufacturer's url. This will tell you right off where you are at and if
   you can recover from it. It may be under warranty, the hard drives are usually covered for three years and you can make out the RMA on their site
                     also. Depending on the manufacturer of the hard drive, you can download diagnostic utilities from their sites to check the drives.
 www.seagate.com
  www.maxtor.com

http://www.wdc.com/service/ftp/drives.html
    www.ibm.com  
http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/support/download.htm
    www.fujitsu.com

I hope this helps !

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Kyle Schroeder earned 100 total points
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Hmm...harddrives don't pull a whole ton of power (they require more than say a network card of course, but not a whole lot).  Could be that the initial problem with the first PSU was a power surge that took it out and may have blown the 2nd harddrive also.  Just to be sure I'm reading your question correctly, the 2nd drive never worked since you installed the new PSU, correct?  Or was it working for the past ~5 months and now suddenly disappeared?  Can you hear it spinning up at all (you may have to take it out of the case and put it on a non-conductive surface like a plastic/paper plate and plug in the power so that you can listen to it)

Are these IBM 75GXP drives?  There is a known issue with there drives having much higher than average failure rates, perhaps yours is among them (unfortunately).

-dog*
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It's not making any noise so I guess the psu problem has blown it. Is there any way to recover the data or am I going to have to bite the bullet and buy a new hard disk without the data?
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Did you try a different Molex connector (the 4 pin power cable) just to rule out a problem with the specific connection?  Does the power input on the drive look OK?

-dog*
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