Will A fried HDD with power plugged in cause a system to not POST? This is my first post. Ive been building repairing...whatever for 8 years. Im A+ certified (not that it means that much), and currently do tech support as my day job in a school district. I had a...power surge I guess? I awoke saturday morning to a dead PC. This is bad for anyone. I do music production, and while clients data was backed up...mine was not. My heart sank into my underpants...along with some other things. And my system is dead. And by dead I dont mean it wont boot properly, I mean I might see the CPU fan rotate 1/8 of a turn...if Im lucky...no beeps, nothing (except one time I got 2 quick beeps) So anyway...I decided to start troubleshooting. I smelled burn. I replaced the Power Supply...still no go. I took out the processor, and it was definently burnt. A little brown around the core of the processor...DOH! Long story short, I now have a new POWER SUPPLY, MOBO and CPU. So I install these. I also, just for assurance, installed a known good VIDEO. I also connect my DVD CDRW FLOPPY and HDD. I am excited at this point..."If this thing starts, I will shout for joy to the heavens, cry aloud, and champagne will fall from the skies" I press the power button...NOTHING...I begin to cry tears of saddness. Going through and narrowing things down...I came to a discovery. If I unplug the power to the HDD, The thing turns on. MOBO LED turns on, FANS spin, but no display (I hope because of the HDD not being there). My heart sinks further down, with the assurance that the HDD is also gone SOOO....all this to say... Will a Toasted HDD (shorted..whatever) cause a system to not power at all?