Solved What causes multiple hard drive failures - PSU?

September 11, 2016 at 13:35:30
Specs: Windows 10 Pro x64, 2.793 GHz / 4096 MB
Hey,

So i just went through 3 hard drives in the last 4 months. Now I am on the fourth one.

The first three hard drives were taking time to be detected at boot and then failed completely. Also note that only the drive with the operating system on it fails. The 2 drives with data remain fine. Maybe because the operating drive is the one always in use.

Now the last three hard drives gave up the same way. This one is acting differently. It is detected upon start with no issues and the system sometimes boots up and system stops responding and gives an error about unable to read hard drive. Then the windows boot file bacame coruppted ao I had ti reinstall windows which also failed as it got stuck during copying files and then finally i was able to install and even then while using the system it stops responding and the hard drive light goes out.

I checked power voltages through HWMonitor and the 12volt connection was only giving out 8volts.

Even now i sometimes get error unable to read from hard rive after bios and when i reboot it goes into automatic repair.

Now I should also mention that I use Anti Virus Nod 32 so i dont have any viruses.
The windows i am using is genuine windows 10 that i downloaded from microsoft media creation tool multiple times to nake sure that wasn't giving an error.

I think it might be the psu resulting in hdd failures.

Rest system specs are

C2D proscessor 2.8ghz e7400
Motherboard p5kpl-vm Asus
PSU old psu which doesn't have a brand sticker anynore and i forgot the brand. Its 550w.
Nvidia 9400gt
Ram 4gb.

So what do you guys think might be the issue? Is it thr psu causing this because of the lower voltage in the 12v conection.

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September 12, 2016 at 08:26:21
"I can't really guide you as to which PSU it is"

The label with the make/model/specs has been removed?

You should be able to get a decent quality replacement for about $30 (after rebate). Here's a few possibilities:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#1
September 11, 2016 at 14:00:33
Can we assume you have proved that the HDs have definitely failed rather than corrupted?

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#2
September 11, 2016 at 14:49:28
Yes. The previous hdds are completely dead now. They are not even detected by the computer anymore.

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#3
September 11, 2016 at 15:27:38
Not something I've run into but I'm inclined to go along with your idea about the 12V rail. Keep watching and see what others think.

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#4
September 11, 2016 at 15:31:50
Yeah, assuming those voltage readings are correct I'd swap in a new power supply.

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#5
September 11, 2016 at 17:25:22
One more thing I just checked. If I check voltages from within Windows it shows the 12V rail giving 8V but if I go into bios and check there then it shows 12V Core ~ 12.669V

So what is it?

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September 11, 2016 at 17:31:46
I think it's unlikely the +12v rail is running at +8v. If it was, everything that uses +12v would be starved of power, especially the CPU. If there are no other problems other than the hard drives failing, the cause probably lies elsewhere. Possibly overheating? Where is the primary HDD located in the case? Do you monitor HDD temps? It would help to know the make/model & specs of your current PSU.

"I should also mention that I use Anti Virus Nod 32 so i dont have any viruses"

I wouldn't be so sure. It doesn't do very well in testing.

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September 11, 2016 at 20:04:18
I don't particularly trust built in voltage sensors. They're good enough to verify everything's okay, but I wouldn't consider their testimony definitive proof. If you think the +12v rail is out of spec, try testing it with a multimeter.

If the PSU checks out, I'd seriously reconsider my HDD supplier. Three failed drives is just silly.

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#8
September 11, 2016 at 20:52:40
Are these new hard drives or are they all previously used hard drives? If new they are under warranty. Are they the same brand? What brand?
I also get bogus voltage readings in HWMonitor. The ones in BIOS are generally better since the BIOS is written for that motherboard specifically so should interpret the sensors better. Testing them with a digital meter is the best option though.

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September 11, 2016 at 23:16:19
Well I don't have a multimeter at hand. Also I can't really guide you as to which PSU it is. I got it used a while back from someone after my own one burned out. It is worth nothing that these issues started after switching the PSU and otherwise I never faced them

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#10
September 12, 2016 at 00:21:09
Ahhh the PSU. Probably the most undervalued and unappreciated component in a computer build yet one of the most important.

I can't help but think the cause of your problems is the PSU.

It's relatively cheap for a decent PSU these days, it is worth while considering swapping out the unknown one anyways.


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#11
September 12, 2016 at 04:14:33
I also faces not exactly same situation but something relevant to it. My system is no recognizing internal hard drive then I accessed Disk management Utility to view the hard drive partition and used a Kaspars Key antivirus to scan the hard drive. But the Antivirus deleted affected files. Then I used Quarantine option to recover those files. But after recovery I am not able to open the recovered files and then I Back up the complete hard drive data and then formatted the drive and created new partition. After that is worked well.

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September 12, 2016 at 08:26:21
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"I can't really guide you as to which PSU it is"

The label with the make/model/specs has been removed?

You should be able to get a decent quality replacement for about $30 (after rebate). Here's a few possibilities:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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