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Harddrives not working/system freezing+bsod

For the past few weeks I have been experiencing issues with my secondary hard drive becoming inacessible from windows requiring me to either scan for harddware changes and have the drive be detected or reboot the pc. These problems began occuring after I installed a new harddrive. At first I had a problem with my second harddrive spinning down during use so I sent it back believing the harddrive to be faulty. The when I got the replacement I began having the same problem but with another harddrive (not the replacment one). I tried rearranging the cables and when I plugged my windows drive in using the sata power cable that the failing drive was plugged into I began getting bluescreens. I assume this means the issue is with the PSU but I would like to be sure before i have to buy a new psu or hdd.

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Try a simple test.

Free up some power by unplugging the CD/DVD drive for a test run.


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Changing power cables.

I unplugged the pci-e power connector from my motherboard and used the sata power connector that was connected to it instead of the one i was using and the problem seemed to go away. But now that pci-e connector does not reach. Should that cause any problems?

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psu prob

the pci-e power is a 4x1 im guessing? directly to the mobo? if so, chances are the gpu doesnt need any additional juice. but just by the initial symptoms, of the hd spinning down, it is obvious that you need a more beefy psu.
try this out. should let you know what your lookin at as far as wattage for a new supply.

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