Has power supply damaged hard drives?

October 6, 2010 at 15:19:03
Specs: windows xp sp1, 784MB
I just found out my power supply is bad. the 12v + output was bad. Sometimes it would shut itself off completely with no warning, last time it happened upon reboot checkdisk started, and found orphaned files. then one hard drive wasn't visible at all in explorer, and the other started making the clunking sound of death(i have 3 ide hard drives connected). so i disconnected all ide cables and stopped using them.


1. Is it possible that the inadequate power supply(too weak to power the hd) has damaged the hard drives?

2. Is it safe, now that I have replaced the power supply, to boot up the computer? I mean, does replacing the psu fix the hard drives back like they were, or are they likely damaged now and I'll have to do some painful data recovery thing using easus or something?


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October 6, 2010 at 16:31:13
You've listed no system specs, no power supply specs & no explanation on how you determined the +12v rail was bad. Therefore, your questions can't be answered.

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