Can a bad hard drive damage a power supply? Tags: Power Supplies Computer Hard Drives Components Last response: October 27, 2010 12:33 PM in Components Share bkisler1 October 27, 2010 9:43:45 AM Hello, I have a computer that worked fine I replaced the HDD with a new one powered it up and now the computer shuts itself down after anywhere from 45 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes. I then put the original HDD back in and it does the same thing. More about : bad hard drive damage power supply mi1ez a b ) Power supply October 27, 2010 9:49:43 AM I suppose in theory, but I've never heard of it and a decent PSU should have enough protection to prevent it. m 0 l hell_storm2004 a b ) Power supply October 27, 2010 9:50:01 AM I dont think HDD damage affects the PSU. But in your case it looks like the PSU is dying. What's your full computer specs and how old is your PC? m 0 l Related resources external hard drive replacement power supply - Forum external hard drive replacement power supply - Forum external hard drive power supply - Forum Power Supply Cable for Hard Drive - Forum Did my second hard drive die from the power supply? - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer moomooman October 27, 2010 9:54:00 AM I've seen faulty IDE hard disks short and prevent terminals from powering on at all so I would say it could cause damage to PSU. m 0 l bkisler1 October 27, 2010 9:57:07 AM it is a 2ghz intel celeron with a 180 watt PSU...it is old I use it for my kids m 0 l bkisler1 October 27, 2010 9:57:34 AM TY all for the reply's. Also I just added 2 GB of ram m 0 l mi1ez a b ) Power supply October 27, 2010 10:12:43 AM Did you add the RAM at the same time? m 0 l bkisler1 October 27, 2010 11:30:05 AM yes I did can RAM cause restart issues? m 0 l hell_storm2004 a b ) Power supply October 27, 2010 12:03:05 PM Please mention the specs of the old RAM and the new RAM. m 0 l mi1ez a b ) Power supply October 27, 2010 12:33:29 PM RAM is MUCH more likely to be the cause of the issue! As hell_storm said, can we have the specs of old and new RAM, and can I add motherboard and CPU. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedReusing old hard drive and/or power supply Forum Seagate 1.5TB External Hard Drive Wrong Power Supply Forum dell latitude d610 won't power up could it be a bad jack? or a problem with the hard drive? Forum SolvedX-Finity Ultra 600 Power Supply actually reliable or efficient or even safe to not damage a mother board? Forum Where to buy power supply cable of hard drive? Forum SolvedWill i damage a sapphire R9 290 Tri-X on a 600 watts power supply? Forum Solved305w power supply enough for two hard drives (and other components)? Forum Bad Power Supply or Hard Disk? Forum Will my 500W power supply handle a new motherboard+processor+SSD hard drive? Forum SolvedDIY PC First Boot Power Supply Damage? Forum Computer does not turn on when Hard Drive is plugged into power supply Forum evga gtx 760 superclocked sli with a tx-750watt power supply. I have a 1TB hard drive and 5 led fans. Is that enough power Forum SolvedHigh wattage power supply will damage the system or what? Forum External Hard Drive ---> Power supply or no? (What do you recommend?) Forum SolvedWhat's the best way to completely format a hard drive without causing damage? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !