Dell Studio XPS 435t/9000
Intel Core i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
I love this computer. It's very powerful, can run a myriad of Adobe and Autodesk software along with high end games. This morning it was as strong as any other day, but then I tempted with fate.
I bought a new internal hard disk for it. The current one is 500GB and is nearly full, so I bought a 1TB SATA II disk. I had this idea that I could run my OS on the smaller hard disk while running heavy programs off the larder one. Here's what I did.
1: Installed the new hard disk. The power supply wasn't an option, but I didn't have another SATA cable to connect it to my mother board. I don't use CDs very much, so I figured for the time being, I would just use the cable going to that.
2: Managed to get it partitioned.
3: Started installing programs on it while uninstalling from my smaller hard disk. The computer was going very slow at this point.
4: I decided to restarted it to see if that would speed things up.
5: Took two tries to start. Still going slow.
6: Called Dell's tech support, and they basically told me I need to reinstall my OS to include both drives, and that what I was trying to (OS on one drive, programs on another) was basically impossible.
7: I unplugged the new hard disk from the power supply and mother board and hooked up my CD drive.
8: Problem is not solved.
My hard disk(I assume) is making a loud humming that it only ever made when I would render and compress video, and periodically the power will just go off. At one point tonight, the circuit in my house actually went out, which may or may not be related.