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Faulty power supply affect hard drive/computer performance?

Q: Faulty power supply affect hard drive/computer performance?

Hello all I made a post regarding the performance failing of one of my supply power affect hard performance? drive/computer Faulty hard drives The conclusion we came to has unfortunately not resolved my problem and I am beginning to think my Power Supply may be the culprit Faulty power supply affect hard drive/computer performance? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Before I go into details here is my current Hardware Q GHZ GIGABYTE EP -DS R GB PC mhz x gb x gb Nvidia GTX mb requires x pin power adapters Asus Xonar soundcard requires floppy power adapters Windows x Jeantech W PSU modular PSU PCI-E nodes and nodes for other devices gb HDD operating system tb HDD data tb HDD data tb HDD data - added recently ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ My original problem in brief Upon accessing certain files in one of my TB drives I hear a distictive quot click lockup halt quot sound and then the entire system crashes first the drive will become inaccessible then windows explorer will crash followed by the mouse and eventually a BSOD after a minute ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I bought a new TB a month ago to replace what then I thought was a failing TB drive Since the problems have become quot random quot and happen across all four drives tb tb gb tb I am now considering my PSU the culprit Jeantech Absolute w It seems logical to me Sometimes while performing tasks which put stress on several HDD s at the same time my computer is quot choking quot running as fast smooth as it should but with sudden freezes with those HDD quot click - stop - restart quot sounds Booting into windows is failing from time to time freezes on the quot starting windows quot screen or DISK BOOT FAILURE Insert system disk The PSU is modular - could certain quot plugs quot in my PSU are faulty I haven t tested this extensively but in some cases when the computer is not starting up at all using different power ribbon cable combinations seems to help Also I had to remove my DVD drive completely when I first installed the new TB I bought and I don t think my computer will start at all with it plugged in anymore so my PSU MUST be having a hard time coping with all the components If it is of any relevance I use an Nvidia GTX which requires x PCI-E pin power connections hard drives power is supplied via THREE modular ribbon power cables - two HDD s share power from the same ribbon cable lastly worth noting I use an asus Xonar sound card requires floppy power connector several symptoms suggest the PSU any thoughts nbsp

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A: Faulty power supply affect hard drive/computer performance?

a 1000Watt shouldn't have any problem coping with the components that you have, i would recommend that u borrow a power supply from a friend and try it out on your computer, maybe the power supply is old and is not supplying proper voltages on all the rails....
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A:can power supply really affect performance?

A poor output or failing power supply will cause the computer to shut down or crash, but not to "go slow"
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A:External Usb 3.0 hard drive used as internal affect performance?

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USB 3.0 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A:Computer Shut Down Hard Drive And Power Supply Still Running

Most likely dying power supply.
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A:Does power plan actually affect performance lvl?

Quote: Originally Posted by imeem

If i change my power plan from "Balanced" to "High performance" Should my computer be faster in video converting and in games? Does it actually affect the performace of your computer enought for you to notice it.?

It should. By a barely noticeable amount. benchmark it on balanced then on high and note the difference.

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A:Faulty power supply ?

It sounds like the PSU. Try a known good PSU.
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A:power supply faulty??

Is this PSU in addition to another one that powers the rest of the system? I assume so since you left out several components in the details. How is it connected with respect to the other? What is the full configuration of the system; mobo, cpu, RAM, HDDs, etc.. and what is the power rating of the other PSU if there is one?What OS are you running?
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A:Faulty power supply or something else?

You ask for help on your power supply and your power supply is not listed in your specs or your post. Your power supply switch should stay on the setting for your area. In the U.S.A. that would be 115 or 110 volts. If it doesn't work there your power supply should be replaced. DO NOT try to repair a power supply. Their can be enough stored amps to kill you. I recommend Corsair or Seasonic power supplies.
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It most certainly can. Please post your BSOD log so that our resident experts can analyze it for you.

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Failing that, check to see if the PSU is overheating. Better still, remove it and either check it with a wattmeter/ammeter if you have one or take it to your local repair shop to have it checked.
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A:New Hard Drive, Old Power Supply help

You need this adapter.
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A:Hard drive or power supply?

I'd put money on a software problem. Is there anything specific that causes the lockups? Like opening a browser or running a game? Without a specific trigger for an error it's harder to troubleshoot. Two things you can try: first is safe mode. This will load generic drivers so you might quickly identify if it's software or hardware. Use your error trigger if you've got one. Once you've done that, you can move on. Second is identifying the offending driver or component. For software, you must uninstall drivers one at a time. I'd start with simple stuff like mice and sound. Reboot after each uninstall, and again, use the trigger. For hardware you've got to physically remove things one at a time. Same deal, reboot after each, until you've defined the problem.

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A:2nd opinion needed on faulty power supply

Power supply's are easy enough to test. If you don't have a tester take the tower into a shop and have them test it. Cost is minimal. Bad capacitors may also be a source of your problem.
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A:hard drive size and power supply

I doubt the difference between a new 7200 and old 5400 RPM hard drive is more then a few watts. The size, or capacity, of the drive has no impact as far as I know. If you are replacing an existing drive with a new drive then there will be no issue power wise. Even if you add a second drive I doubt you'll have a problem. I worked on many Optiplex systems and never had a problem adding a second drive or replacing the existing drive.

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A:Repeated crashing, possibly faulty power supply?


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Quote: Originally Posted by trinaz

Didn't know whether to post here or in Hardware forum...hope this is the place?

Have a 1 T external usb drive used for system & file backups on 2 machines. Lately it seems that the speed to save a system image is slowing down considerably...particularly on the 2nd networked machine ?

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Defragmenting that drive might help
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Hi! I have just built a new computer and I tested it just for the fun...had a 200Gb IDE HDD and a 200Gb SATA HDD (@ 3Gb/s) and the SATA is faster atleast if you install windows on a sata drive!

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A:Faulty Hard Drive

I will ask a Moderator to escalate your issue. A failed hard disk is covered under warranty. You may be asked to provide the hardawre fail code that the test gave you. I hope you have your recovery media available. You will need the recovery media  to recover the notebook to its factory delivered state.
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Sounds like a bad drive.

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Put the drive in a freezer bag and chill it right down for an hour , then try again.

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A:HELP Faulty Hard drive??

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A:Faulty Hard Drive??

From the hard drive's manufacturer's web site, download and run the diagnostic tool.
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Are you able to access this drive from the command prompt? If so, try a chkdsk /R on it and lets see if that improves access.

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You can run diagnostics on the drive to rule out failure:

Depending on the brand:

Western Digital
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What other devices are turned off?
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A:Does this affect performance?

It should not effect performance unless the decices are running.
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It comes to system ratings. I have installed Windows 7 Release Candidate Build 7100, and one of my system ratings has changed...for the worse.

3D Business and gaming graphics performance

Windows Vista: 3.3
Wi7 Beta 7068: 3.4
Wi7 RC1 7100: 3.1

Is this going to affect my gaming performance? Am I going to see lower frame rates in the games that I play on my PC?

A:Is this going to affect my performance?

I don't think so, the best way to find out will be to do some benchmarks.
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Hi, everyone! I have two questions.
The first one is: how does the CPU affect gaming? It seems that nowadays the graphics card does all the work. It handles all the rendering and even the physics which seem to be most of the workload in a game. So what is left for the CPU to do, does it really matter if you have an extreme edition six core Core i7 or a 1.3 ghz Core 2 Duo for example? And if it does then why? What does the processor do in a game?
My second question is: in a 3D modeling and animation program how is the work divided between the CPU and the graphics card? What makes a bigger difference a good CPU or a good graphics card during the 3d preview and during the rendering process and why?
Thank you! Your answers will be greatly appreciated!

A:How does the cpu affect performance?

Your GPU's job is to make an image on the screen, nothing more. That is the GPU moving the pixels around, and loading what the screen will look like in the future (i.e. gaming). The CPU needs to tell the GPU what to do, how say enemies will react to you, your every keystroke, and controlling what the game is loading for files in the folders that has the game files. Your proc does matter, because the faster the GPU and CPU work together, the faster the game.
2: GPU holds the most workload, from holding the image to showing it to you. The CPU doesn't do to much, rather the RAM in your computer. The answer would be a good GPU combined with a healthy amount of RAM.
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A:Dell Warranty - Faulty Hard Drive

Good question!

First, what brand is the hard drive? Just about every manufacturer has their own diagnostic software. Go to their site and download it, and test the hard drive yourself.

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A:partitions can affect performance?

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Thanks for the input.

A:How does a CPU bottleneck affect GPU performance?

You might gain a little in minimum frame rate depending on the screen resolution/video memory usage, but little else if the CPU is theoretically maxed out with a lower performing GPU.
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A:Do HD speeds affect performance?

Welcome to Windows 7 Support Forums!
Hard Drives have many differentiations, size, type and of course access speeds.
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Getting back to your issue, if you are noticing a differences with the new drive then by all means swap it out.
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I am sorry if this Question is really dumb, but will it affect the Performance of 1 O/S if i install a second O/S on an other Hard Drive/Partition? Yes, or no?

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Windows Vista 64 bit on HDD-1
Windows XP 32 bit on HDD-2

Is it better to install the second O/S on an other Partition OR an different HDD?
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A:Second O/S affect's the Performance of Vista? Yes or No?

The simple answer would be NO.

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A:will slower ddr affect cpu performance?

FSB and DDR speeds have nothing in common. They wouldn't affect each other at all. It depends on what speed of RAM ur mobo supports. if it supports 400MHz, for example, and ur using a 333MHz module, then u will not be utilizing the full power of ur mobo that's all.
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As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..
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No you will never notice a difference.
I have been multi booting for 10 years.

Just be sure that when installing drivers that they are put in the correct place.
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A:Getting new PC -- questions about processor and their affect on performance

First, I'd like to know how much the processor really affects performance.Click to expand...

The CPU speed / no. of cores greatly affect performance in case of heavy content creation. Most new games are being optimized to use processors having 2 or more cores.

I know there is an E model (I forget the exact number) of Core 2 Duo that has 3.16GHz or something like that (even more than the T9900 in other words), but none of the computers that I've narrowed my decision down to have that processor as an option.Click to expand...

The processor you're talking about is the E8500. However, that is not available for laptops as far as my knowledge goes. The E series Wolfdales are all desktop processors.
The T9900 is Intel's top Core 2 Duo offering for laptops. Next is the Core 2 Extreme series which features the QX9300 quad core. Fianlly come the Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme Edition.

Is there any reason I should consider a quad processor over a dual one.Click to expand...

As I mentioned earlier the quad core will have advantages in areas pertaining to content creation and applications that can make use of the multiple cores. But if there's a great price difference I'd stick with dual.