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DELL OPTIPLEX GX50 GX 50, HDD getting very hot + psu too!! HELP!!

\015 DELL OPTIPLEX GX50 GX 50,this computer is running on my home network (windows 2000)it has been fine for 2 years,all of a suddern it has started to get very very VERY!!! HOT insidei have opend it and the hard drive is boiling hot!!so i disconnected it and tested the power coming from the supply, reading follows:4.9611.87so all is ok therethen i noticed that the psu is getting very hoti looked at the fan and it was spinning,i checed the caps and they are allright too,i need this computer as soon as possible so any posts will be great, needed by 4pm tomorrowNathan\015

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Hard drives can exhibit extraordinary heat output as the platter bushings start to go bad. Sometime they will make noise, but not always. As the platter bushing wear out the drive system draws more amperage from the power supply. This can cause both the HDD and the power supply to generate exesive heat. Unfortunately, there is no definate test for this. If you have a spare drive, you can run it for a couple of hours to test this theory. Best bet is to get that data backed up before you loose the drive all together.
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