Fix pc with hard drive removed?

  Anonymous Pete 16:55 15 Nov 2016
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Hi all. I have an old OC from college (15 yrs old) It was custom built and were it still working I would count it as still powerfull. Anyway, the fuse kept blowing so I replaced the power pack but the problem persists. I want to get it repaired but I have some risque pics of my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) that I would rather not have some computer tech looking at. Can I remove the harddrive and still get it repaired? thanks Anonymous Pete

  robin_x 17:19 15 Nov 2016

Encrypt the photos using, say, Axcrypt (don't forget the encryption key)

or

Move them all to one folder and zip the folder with a password

Then use Ccleaner > Tools > Drive Wiper > Wipe Free Space

  robin_x 17:20 15 Nov 2016

Not sure a 15 yr old PC is worth repairing though

  lotvic 21:41 15 Nov 2016

Can I remove the harddrive and still get it repaired?

Don't see why not, if it's the other hardware that's causing the problem. Do you have a spare harddrive you could put in, in place of it, if needed?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:44 15 Nov 2016

Yes you can remove the drive and still get it to power on with out it.

Check nothing lodged under motherboard shorting to frame. Surprised a new PSU hasn't fixed it.

For all the doubters out there I still run a 1988 laptop (yes it green screen and bigger than my current desktop) its a 286 with a 256Mb drive :0)

  robin_x 22:02 15 Nov 2016

Also try a different mains lead / double socket outlet in case of loose terminals causing increased current.

Shaking and inverting the unit, when unplugged, can be useful to listen for stray screws.

  alanrwood 10:29 16 Nov 2016

Hi robin_x

Can you explain what you mean in more detail.

Also try a different mains lead / double socket outlet in case of loose terminals causing increased current.

  robin_x 11:15 16 Nov 2016

Loose terminals may cause the voltage to drop, but the PC still demands upto 300W, 500W, 750W or whatever, depending on how powerful a rig it is. So the current has to go up, maybe exceeding the fuse rating.

Moulded mains leads are sealed, so fixing a loose terminal or even a partly broken wire is not possible, Replace the cable as a precaution.

Mains socket faceplates can be unscrewed from the wall (with electric off at Consumer Unit) and the terminals checked for tightness and the copper conductors for integrity and damage. A stranded wire may only be connected by a couple of strands, for example. Or is completely sheared through at the screw terminal and is just touching.

But it's easier to just try another socket in a different part of the room and many people don't like, or are incapable of, 'messing with electrics'.

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