Any idea why I am losing hard drives?

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  1. Want2race

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    Lately I have lost 10 drives in the last 2 months .

    All in different rooms and different computers.

    Its very strange :(
     
  2. deusexaethera

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    Hmmm...(uses his immense brainpower to find a common link)...

    ...different brands...
    ...different computers...
    ...different rooms...
    ...SAME HOUSE. That wasn't hard.

    Have you tested your power to see if you're getting the proper voltage? Do you have "dirty power" where the voltage changes drastically a lot? Do you buy good power supplies, not the $20 POS boxes from OfficeMax?

    If you have dirty power, the power company needs to be notified so they can fix it. If they can't fix it, then you need to have an electrician diagnose the problem. If he can't fix it either, then you need to buy UPS units to plug your computers into, so they'll have a stable power supply.
     
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    I will call the power company.Half of the strangeness is that some of the machines were on UPS devices. I will be installing a surge arrester for the entire house soon though!
     
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    I can't be sure, but I believe that even UPS units can't correct for a sustained over-voltage -- they would overheat and burn out. If your voltage is substantially higher than 117 (the ideal voltage for USA and Canadian power), then everything plugged into your house is running hot.

    Do you go through lightbulbs more than one every couple of months?
     
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    no not really.
     
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    I lost another one today.

    I have 122 volts at the wall socket
     
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    What are the temperature and voltage readouts on each motherboard? Are you using the same brands of components across all of your computers?
     
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    CPU temps are normal. Power supply temp is around 100 degrees and the components are all different for the most part
     

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