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Hard Drives or Power supply?

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I have a strange question that has baffled me and I am afraid to put my 'good' hard drives back in my system.  

I have 2 IDE drives and 1 SATA drive in a p4 3.0, 2 GB RAM system.

The other day I started having errors on one of my physical drives.  Controller errors and 'slow' response.  The next day I woke up and there was a windows bubble that stated that windows had more or less lost the drive and showed some error like MS$C: or something like that.  I cannot remember.  When i rebooted the computer wouldnt load the drive, kernel error, BSOD.  I didnt pay tooo much attention and I just pulled the drive and accepted the loss of my data.

I foirmatted the SATA drive and installed windows to this drive and was able to restore some of my data from back ups.  Went to sleep and woke up to find that my other IDE drive had failed with the same 'type' of message the MS$C:\.. and that it couldnt find the drive in my computer.  

I rebooted and unhooked the IDE master.  The SATA did not boot and I tried to fix the drive in recovery console but no avail.  

I have since reformatted the SATA drive again and I have been able to fully access the IDE drives via a USB/external  hard drive connection.  All the data on the IDE drives is intact, yet the MB does not recognize them anymore / BSOD on boot.  

In a seperate yet perhaps related issue, I've been experiencing lockups and power supply failures for a little while.  I read on another message board a few days prior to now that the power supply may be causing these errors / frying the drives?  Or is it possible that the mother board is going?  

I have a 250 gb IDE hd with most of my data on it, but I dont want to lose it too.. so I am afraid to put it back in the computer..  

Any suggestions?


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