Power supply

Question

I recently installed a new Maxtor HD in my computer. The hard drive is the same brand and specs as my old one (40Gig, 7200 rpm), only a newer version. But now my computer will constantly shut down when it is booting up. I've checked my power switch and all other power connections and there are no loose wires. The power failure does not occur at the same point when booting, it varies each time. Then I wont be able to turn it on at all for a few minutes. I have to reach in the back and turn the power supply itself off and wait a minute or two. This only occurs with the new harddrive, it boots fine if I switch back to the old one. Any ideas what might be causing this?? Do I need a stronger power supply?

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This question was answered on August 2, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Hi I think your power supply is not for the new hard drive because of the the 7200rpm it maybe need more power check the power supply on it try this un plug your cd rom and if you have a cdbunner and try the new hard drive mabe it will work if not you have to get a better power supply.

Kawal Dirpal

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 2, 2003