Can you use a Dell GX50 power supply just to power hard drives

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Dell OptiPlex GX50
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i have dell gx50 with dudd m/board can i use power pack just to run harddrive[s]
ASKED: September 28, 2008  1:03 AM
UPDATED: September 29, 2008  2:34 PM

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The power supplies used in PC’s are switching power supplies. This means they need a load (such as your HD’s) in order to work properly. I’ve used old PC power supplies to operate a variety of devices without a problem. The only concern I would have in your case would be if you are using the PS to operate drives that are going to be connected (I’m assuming) to another computer with a separate PS that they would not be sharing a power ground. This might cause you some problems, anything from it just won’t work, to possible damage to your hardware, it might also work just fine. If you are not <b><i>absolutely sure </i></b>of what you are doing, <b><i>don’t play with power supplies</i></b>, the voltage output is rather low (usually +12V, +5V, and -12V) but they are capable of several amps, meaning things can get real hot, real fast, and the results could cause you injury.
I’m curious, what kind of arrangement are you looking to create?
Good Luck!
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It probably won’t work. Most newer computers use ATX power supplies which require the motherboard to send a signal to the power supply telling the power supply to turn on. Without the motherboard functioning there is nothing to send the signal from the power switch to the power supply.

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  • Flame
    This answer comes with a warning.... If you don't know, or are unsure what you are doing DO NOT PLAY WITH POWER SUPPLIES The instructions in this link will expose you to mains powers, THIS CAN KILL YOU. These instructions tell you how to create a "lab style power supply" using an ATX power supply. You could adapt them to make a PS that could run your drives, the same caveats apply as above. (it might not work, might damage your hardware, might work fine) Once again: If you don't know, or are unsure what you are doing DO NOT PLAY WITH POWER SUPPLIES
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  • Denny Cherry
    I feel that I have to echo the warning here. If you don’t know, or are unsure what you are doing DO NOT PLAY WITH POWER SUPPLIES
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