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When I turn on the computer, a lot of the time it wont boot into windows. When it gets up to that low resolution windows logo screen (the black one with the moving bar at the bottom) the hard drive will make a weird noise... it sounds like it spins down and then quickly spins back up again. I don't know what is causing this... I originally thought I had a corrupted boot sector because it freezes up at the boot screen (although it doesn't exactly "freeze" because the moving bar continues to move)

What I ended up doing was, I reformatted the drive and checked for bad sectors and reinstalled the operating system clean. I'm still getting this problem. I tried switching between the legacy molex connector and the new SATA power connector. I tried booting another hard drive while using the problematic one as a secondary drive and trying to access the data on it. I am able to do this and I am able to boot to the other drive 100% of the time.

Do you think it's a power supply problem? Or hard drive? Or motherboard?

Is there a way to check with a multimeter if the hard drive is not getting enough voltage or amps when it does the spin down thing?

By the way, the drive is a brand new 36 GB Western Digital Raptor, my motherboard is an Asus A8N-E, and my power supply unit is an Antec Smart Power 350.
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post #2 of 4
If you got another PSU, Mobo, or Hd switch it out. If you suspect it is the HD try making a bootable cd with a Os on it(i.e. Ubuntu, Bart PE, ect.) if they load up it's probaly your Hd. Hope this helps.
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Maybe your Raptor one has a bad boot sector. Are you running the right controllers for your hard drive? It cannot be the PSU I think because it wouldn't cause the hard drive to make this noise and allow another hard drive to work 100%. The motherboard is good too, check though your connectors...
    
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Just a thought, could the raptor draw more power than the non raptor drive? Cuz I see you have a 3700 Sandy OC'ed and a 350W power supply, what's the amp rating on the 12V rail?
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