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Simpletech 320gig hard drive crashed?

Been working fine for months. Today the desktop shortcut was a red "?" and now my computer will not even see it. It turns on (red light is on) and blue lights on top just flash for a moment where they used to flash in a circle.

There was a thunder/lightning storm the day before it stopped working. Could a surge have damaged it? I have TONS of photos on this baby and am scared I will not be able to get them back.

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    I don't think this is a lightning issue as this just happened to me as well and there was no lightning or power surge in my area

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I like ones like you who already understand that a lightening power surge can really kill the computers will to live lol

1. always put the computer on a surge protection strip or even better a UPS backup device to protect it from surges , and in the case of brownout the UPS backup would take care of that circumstance
or at least some kind of VR , voltage regulator ... not that computer powersupplies do not protect the PC , the PC powersupplies of today to have some built in protections , but ooops there went your power supply anyway if you know what I mean.

2. if you suspect the power supply is the culprit , you can test by using another power supply
which is a good investment because if it was the power supply you just got yourself a nice new one
and even if it's not the power supply , you still have a nice new one in your hand

a power supply in the hand is worth two in the bush :-> lol

and if it's the motherboards fault , at least you'll already have your nice new power supply for that new motherboard you get.

a good strong power supply is a good investment no matter how you slice it.

I always keep any spare power supplies I get , because you can use them while your dead power supply is being RMA-ed or sent back. ,, that time gap is not fun lol

shalom

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