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Nathan Kunicki
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 1:33 pm:   

Hi, I'm wondering if someone here can help me out.

Up until now I have had a 60GB Maxtor 6L060J3 HDD running on Windows XP no problems. This started getting full so I have bought a Western Digital Caviar 120GB Special Edition WD1200JB. I placed the 120GB as a master, and the 60GB as slave on IDE 1. It has been running like this for about 10 hours and during this time it has spontaneously rebooted three times.

Both HDD's are directly above each other (The only other bays I have) in my drive cage.

I have a feeling that they are either running too hot, or that my PSU cant handle them both. But I can't afford to replace any components at the moment. :/

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get rid of this problem, or even what the problem is? (If my theories are correct...)

Moderator (Es)
Username: Es

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 - 8:35 pm:   

The configuration is probably the problem. Generally the XP drive for boot is the master (unless you ghosted the drive to the 120) and the data drive is slaved. Heat may be a problem but generally with good airflow in the case the drives can sustain 100 degrees with no problem and WD 120JB drives are rated at 131 degrees.
Power at spinup is 1.3 amps and tapers off to 675ma power draw so even a so so 300 watt power supply should be able to deliver enough wattage to operate both drives just fine. Thats not to say other factors such as multiple cdroms or high end video graphics won't come into play.
Nathan Kunicki
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 7:25 am:   

Currently my setup is the 120GB is the master...which is also the boot, and the 60GB is the slave. As for good airflow, I leave the side off the case 24/7 so that might not be the problem.

I am not sure what power supply this computer has, it was a pre-built system I bought and have upgraded. It's powering two HDD's, CD-RW, DVD-RW and a nVidia GeForce FX 5900 256mb.

Just to test, I took out the old HDD (The 60GB one) temporarily and everything worked fine with no rebooting. However when I boot up any processor/graphically intensive apps (Games, 3DSMax, Lightwave etc) it reboots. So I think my problem is my power supply.

Thanks for the help, I'm going to look into getting a new one.

Moderator (Es)
Username: Es

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 1:48 pm:   

The FX5900 Vid card does draw quite a bit of power.

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