HDD won't power with IDE cable connected

June 28, 2009 at 14:06:16
Specs: Windows XP
I was taking my computer apart to remove dust, including removing the motherboard. After I was finished I replaced all of the components and connectors to their proper places, but not my computer will not boot to Windows. I believe my problem lies with the hard drive as it will not power on if I have the IDE cable plugged in, but it will if the IDE is not connected. any help would be much appreciated.

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#1
June 28, 2009 at 14:24:36
Are you sure you've got the IDE cable round the right way at both ends? Some IDE cables will plug in either way round, i.e can be reversed.

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#2
June 28, 2009 at 14:29:02
Hope you didn't use a vacuum cleaner? There is no need to disassemble the computer. In the future blow out the case using canned air or a compressor. You will need to take the case outdoors as it will be dusty. Be sure to blow out the power supply blowing from both ends.

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#3
June 28, 2009 at 14:35:01
I managed to get it back up and running again, I rechecked all of the connectors from the PSU and one of them wasn't all the way in. thanks for the suggestions.

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#4
June 29, 2009 at 01:25:59
I'll bet you're relieved!! Thanks for posting back.

General advice: when checking drive and power connections, don't just wiggle them a bit to see if they're secure, pull them out full or part way and reseat FIRMLY.

It's sorted out a few obscure problems for me over the years!


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