MOBO or P/S frying hard drives?

Evga X58 sli motherboard
March 12, 2010 at 08:20:07
Specs: Windows 7
I received my new computer a couple weeks ago. It only had 1 hard drive with win7. I wanted to install 3 working SATA hard drives from my old computer in the new one to transfer music/photos, etc. Only 1 of the older HHD's was recognized in BIOS as indicated by post. Then a week later the one HDD that was working also died - not shown in post anymore. This also coincided with me partitioning the OS HD (1.5 Tb) into 2 partitions using Win7 utility. I checked one of the HDD using a Logicube HDD imager and it could not recognize the HDD (error). I also tried to connect the HDD's to a laptop using an external SATA - USB adaptor. All 3 drives worked fine in my old computer. One of them was a 1Tb HDD only 6 months old. Can a MOBO fry HDD's?? Anyone seen this before? Is it the power supply or MOBO? One other strange thing is if I have a CD in one or both of the CD drives when I boot up, the R/W light comes on and the drives make noises continuously (seeking every 5 seconds) until I eject the CD's. If I push them back in the noise stops. No noise if I boot up without any CD's in the drives. FYI I updated the BIOS a few days after I got it. Any help would be appreciated.

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March 12, 2010 at 08:28:05
How about lisitng the make/model of the power supply, along with the amperage specs? Listing the rest of your specs would be helpful too...that way we can get an idea if the PSU is being overloaded or not.

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March 12, 2010 at 13:02:26
I never heard of a motherboard damaging a hard drive but I guess it is possible. More likely the drive failed for other reasons such as ESD or shock or just old MTBF.

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March 12, 2010 at 13:04:58
Thnx for rapid reply.
P/S is Corsair TX750w. I upgraded the P/S specifically to be able to add extra HD and future graphics cards. Below is a list of other specs. I have been in contact with @Xi computer Inc. and EVGA. Both are scratching their collective heads. @Xi said can't do anything unless I ship whole computer and all HD back to them for analysis. I have owned and used dozens of computers in my life and have never seen anything like this.

Xi® MTower™ i-Gamer (Base Configuration)
Intel® Core™ i7 920 2.66GHz 8MB Shared L3 Cache 1x4.8GT/s QPI Quad-Core VT EM64t
3072MB Patriot™ Viper 9-9-9-24 DDR3 @1333MHz 3x1024 Triple Rank Interleave w/Heat Spread (Core i7 MoBo only)
nVidia® EVGA/XFX GeForce® GTX 260 896MB DDR3 PCIe SLI-Ready Dual Head 2xDVI-I Dual Link HDTV PhysX™
1500GB WD Caviar Green IntelliPower™ SATAII 300MB/s 32MB Cache (no RAID)
DVD+RW/DL/+R-R/CD-RW Double Media 4.7/8.5GB 18x
DVD+RW/DL/+R-R/CD-RW Double Media 4.7/8.5GB 18x Windows® 7 Professional Edition 64Bit
EVGA® X58 SLI® Micro -Intel® X58-2xPCIe 16x-Triple Channel DDR3 1333-1600+-1Gb Ethernet-6xSATA3Gb RAID 1394-Digital Audio-8CH-S/PDIF-Free Eleet-2xSLI/CrossFire
750W Corsair® TX Series Ultra-Quiet BB 12cm Fan 80%+efficiency 99% APFC UL

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March 12, 2010 at 13:08:12
I would agree that one HD could be written off. Things happen. But 3? Two were DOA as soon as I connected them (they were a few years older). The other one was only 6 months old. And the fact that the third HD went belly up almost immediately after I partitioned the main OS HD is fishy.

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