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Can faulty harddrive cause computer not to turn on?


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#1 DerBear89

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 05:07 PM

My computer just got diagnosed with a bad hard drive (it's brand new btw) but it was not even turning on when I sent it in so can a bad hard drive cause the computer not even to start? Cause that did not make sense to me. Shouldn't the bios come up at least?

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 06:55 PM

The answer to this question is....It depends on what is wrong with the hard drive.

It could be disk damage related, which, if the drive is NEW, is very rare.

But what isn't rare and would make a difference is if the hard drive has electrical problems, such as short circuits that would in turn, affect the power supply.

Were you told in what way the hard drive is bad?

Bad or damaged disks wouldn't cause the computer not to start up however.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 02:34 PM

Yeah they just said it was a bad hard drive they didn't tell menhow thy deduced that but I would like to know. I think I'm still under warranty

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 12:33 AM

What is the computer doing? even with a bad hard drive, it should be able to boot up to your BIOS.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 01:13 AM

I've certainly seen a faulty hard drive prevent a computer from starting up - a short circuit on one of the supply rails.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:07 PM

I've certainly seen a faulty hard drive prevent a computer from starting up - a short circuit on one of the supply rails.

Exactly.

I have seen a few drives out there that had soldering defects or faulty electronic components that short out the power supply.

This can include both optical drives and hard drives.

A new drive should resolve this issue either way.

If the problem is repeated with a new drive, there may be a short somewhere inside your computer.

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Posted 08 November 2010 - 04:20 PM

I've certainly seen a faulty hard drive prevent a computer from starting up - a short circuit on one of the supply rails.


Ditto. Been through that.

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