Having problems with your Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop ?

I have been going through hard drives 4 in the last 2 years and 2 in the last 3 months I was told that my mother board was losing power and causing the hard drives to fail


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Hard drives demand a steady constant power flow, or their controller cards can get fried or there can be mechanical damage from power spikes. Heat is another killer of hard drives, they need air flow and open space around them to "bleed" off heat. I would probably upgrade my power supply to a more modern one with separate power rails and make sure the drive is secured in the middle area of its mounting cage and maybe install an auxiliary fan just for moving air over the drive.
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