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Did I fry my hard drive?

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My computer will boot from my DVD Drive, but when I try to boot from the hard drive, it starts for about 5-10 seconds, then restarts itself - ie it never boots, just goes through its BIOS routines.

Two possible causes for this:

1. The fan blowing on the hard drive (I have a P180 case that puts the power supply and hard drives in their own compartment so they have their own fan) has been unplugged for an indeterminate amount of time. I did not have any problems until I plugged it back in however, which leads us to...

2. I MAY have plugged in the fan while the computer was running (~bangs head against desk again~). The hard drive was plugged into the same power connector as the one I used for the fan.

What do you guys think? Could either of these things have caused irreversable damage to the hard drive? Any suggestions as to what I can do from here?

BTW I've tried various other fixes for the problem like clearing CMOS, etc, but since I'm able to boot from the DVD drive I'm now fairly certain it's a hard drive problem. Using different cables doesn't help either.
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It's possible, but I have found that usually when a system reboots itself like that, it's because it's drawing too much power from one of the rails. Try disconnecting the fan again to see if it will get farther in the boot process. If you have another hard drive laying around, you might try running it by itself to see if you can install and boot from it too...

I also have a P180 case, but I had to remove my lower fan completely to install my massive power supply
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Its either PSU problem or its windows Corruption becasue that will also invoke a restart that you are describing.
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It's possible, but I have found that usually when a system reboots itself like that, it's because it's drawing too much power from one of the rails. Try disconnecting the fan again to see if it will get farther in the boot process. If you have another hard drive laying around, you might try running it by itself to see if you can install and boot from it too...
What do you mean by "rails?" I'll try unplugging some things from the power source and see if that helps... Just disconnecting the fan doesn't help, I know that, but your explanation would make sense for the CD drive booting since I didn't have the hard drive plugged in then. Is there any reason the hard drive might be drawing more power than it should or something?

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I also have a P180 case, but I had to remove my lower fan completely to install my massive power supply
Do you keep your hard drives in the lower compartment or upper? Wait I just looked at your spec list, I guess you must use both compartments. So your drives in the lower compartment don't get any cooling?
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Did it spark when you plugged it back in??? Raptor 150s are expensive
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lol Yeah I know they are expensive. No, there were no sparks or anything to indicate a problem until the symptoms I described started happening.

Since my last post, I've successfully booted with another drive (an IDE one), and from CD-ROM. Things aren't looking so good for my beloved Raptor. Any thoughts or related experiences would be welcome.
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How old is it i would rma it tell them it stopped functioning
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Originally Posted by jwhicks727
lol Yeah I know they are expensive. No, there were no sparks or anything to indicate a problem until the symptoms I described started happening.

Since my last post, I've successfully booted with another drive (an IDE one), and from CD-ROM. Things aren't looking so good for my beloved Raptor. Any thoughts or related experiences would be welcome.
Its more than likely that the little guy has died Did you have smart enabled on the disc? If you did, when it goes through post, is there any indication the drive has failed?
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post #10 of 20
I would try booting with that drive that you suspect is corrupted on another system.

Option 2 is to boot with primary HD as the IDE one you have working and set up the raptor as a secondary HD to see if you can peel information from it.

It sounds ALOT like OS corruption...

Have you tried to reformat? (this assumes you need no data that is currently store on your beloved drive right now)
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