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Dell Dimension 2400 with secondary SATA hard drive keeps crashing

I installed a secondary hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 as the original was only 40GB and pretty full. The disk I bought from Dell had SATA connections so I installed a SATA card and installed the disk. All was going well the disk worked fine as a secondary drive until my whole system crashed big time and I lost my main hard drive completely. I had it data recovered but it was fired. Due to what I don't know. However since installing a new 160Gb as my main hard drive every time I connect the secondary SATA drive it stays up for about 1 minute and then blue screens my whole pc with and error relating to the SATA driver. I have downloaded the latest drivers and patches from the card manufacturer but it still blue screens. I have a DVD drive also running off the SATA card and that is fine and stable. I was able to quickly opy data from the secondary disk in quick bursts on to a partition on my new hard drive but I want to use the second drive as a back up and storage device. I spoke to Dell and they said that the 2400 doesn't support a second hard disk but I had it running for months without any problems whatsoever. Dell have now got back to me and told me to take it to a repair shop and get a techie to run a disk diagnostics on it to see if the disk itself is okay. I suppose it is a possibility that it was fried at the same time as my main drive.
Any thoughts greatly aporeciated.

Alan

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Hi,the 'hardrive activity light ' comes on for 60-90 seconds on my machine and it slows down my surfin.How can I fix this please? Thanks Chris

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Generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.

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