First post, by cj_reha
So I think I just did a bad and may have just killed an old Conner 540MB hard drive.
So basically I bought it off of eBay and before putting it into my DOS build I wanted to try it to see if it worked and to see if there were any files on it, since the listing just described it as "tested and working" (it was like 10 bucks, super cheap so even if it didn't work i wouldn't have lost that much money). So I opened up my custom 98 build, disconnected the secondary hard drive and hooked it up. I turned the computer on and the hard drive started smoking. Quickly, I flipped the switch on the back of the PSU off and disconnected it quickly. A basic inspection reveals nothing, the board seems to be undamaged? I'm scared to try to turn it on again in fear of damaging it more, since it's quite an old hard drive 😵
I thought maybe the PSU had had a power surge or killed the molex connector, so I temporarily hooked up the second hard drive again and voila, it span up. So the molex is perfectly fine. If this helps, the PSU is a RaidMax RX-500S (500 watt ATX12v)
I'm really scared right now that I killed a sort of rare, vintage hard drive I was gonna use in my dos build 😢
Is it possible to fry old hardware with too much power? I thought that even mid 2000s PSUs had overload protections... 😕
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