Can RAM cause a hard drive to fail?

By xtort81
Jul 24, 2011
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  1. My father recently bought some more RAM (4 gb for a total of 6gb). Since he put it in his PC has been acting funny. Now he is getting hard drive fail messages during the boot up. His HD then started making clicking noises which in my past experience means the HD is done. Now he can't boot up at all. I didn't think RAM could do that. The RAM is identical to the other RAM, they're both DDR2 and both PC5200. His HP is upgradeable to 8gb of RAM.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,433   +143

    AFAIK, not likely.
    It might just be coincidence.
  3. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Posts: 295

    Have you tried to remove the ram again and see if the problem persists? Some time ago I added 256Mb RAM to an old Pentium 3 that had only 128Mb. I was not able to boot, the hdd was not detected. Only after removing the old 128Mb brick could I boot again.

    It's probably coincidence, as hellokitty[hk] says, but you should give it a try.

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