My data corruption was evident in several ways. The most notable being that data written to one partition turned up partly on another
Partition Magic would have nothing to do with the drives as it said everything was corrupt.
Acronis Disk Director said the drive was corrupt and something to the effect of calling a recovery specialist (or was that PM8). Chkdsk also corrected about 1000 files that had been incorrectly indexed. The problems were very random.
Maybe we both are suffering from dodgy PSUs. Mine is a 9 month old Cheiftec 420W, but its been modded with a very low airflow 80mm fan. It runs much hotter now that it ever did.
The thing that confuses me a little is that when the machine first powers on the load going through it is not that high. The CPU is idle, the GPU is idle, and they hog power. The machine never crashed using benchmarks. It normally crashed out when it was just sitting there doing nothing.
It could be PSU related, but the problems did not go away when all the non-essential components were unplugged taking load off the PSU. I did not have a PSU to swap out with. I have an old machine, but I must
have one working machine. I have a golden rule, you never
fiddle with both machines at the same time, especially when you know one is buggered. I looked for my old generic 250W PSU, but I'd thrown it in the bin, best place for it really
Hopefully I guessed right and it is the mobo, otherwise I'll be charged for my RMA and will then have to buy another PSU.