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Posted: 5/12/2004 6:24:37 PM EST
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Most of my dead drives have been Maxtors, they dont seem to be a good as they used to be to me. Me and friends of mine put our equipment through hell sometimes. Seagates have been working well foir me and they are cheap.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:13:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By cmjohnson:
specifically for storage of a rather impressive collection of digital pictures.




Porn? I dont even have a gig of it.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:13:25 PM EST
my worst experience was with an IBM Deathstar.. I mean Deskstar.. warranted for 5 years, broke down in 10 months. IBM refused to replace it under warranty, and I had to spend $1,750 to get all the data recovered.

I learned my lesson, though, and have my hard drives in RAID with total data backup. Look into it.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:15:58 PM EST
They either die in the 1st 6 months or after the 10th year. Never inbetween.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:35:26 PM EST
The 60g WD that died on me was 2 months old. Circuit City only replaces for 30 days, and WD wants the old one back before sending a replacement. I'm not giving anyone that drive with the info that's on it, so I'll just take the loss and buy a new one. I hate getting "the shaft".
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 7:39:29 PM EST
The morale of the story, be sure to back up all your stuff. I too have a Western Digital 160GB HDD, and one day I started getting all of these weird IO errors. I'm running Windows XP, so at boot-up time, it would go thru all of these funny gyrations, and screws up some of my files, but not all. I ran Norton's Disk Doktor, and it flagged about 20GBs worth of sectors as bad. Spent a lot of time & effort getting all the corrupted files back. All of my important files, I backup to DVD-RWs or CD-RWs. I'm going to return the drive to WD soon for another one, I think, but I'm thinking with all the reports of HDD failure, I'm going to keep it until WD introduces a newer driver. At least in kind of works. I've got a 3 year warranty.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:02:43 PM EST
... Sorry, I know this won't alleviate your current problem cmjohnson, but solid state disk drives are right on the cusp replacing, and fundementally rendering magnetic hard drives obsolete.

... It's equivalent to the technical transition from VHS tapes to DVD's.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:07:50 PM EST
Toss it in the freezer for a couple hours and see if it works.
If it does, transfer the data and get your replacent.

All of my WD's are working fine.

My last Maxtor took a shit a couple months after I got it.
Link Posted: 5/12/2004 8:35:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By KA3B:
Toss it in the freezer for a couple hours and see if it works.
If it does, transfer the data and get your replacent.

All of my WD's are working fine.

My last Maxtor took a shit a couple months after I got it.



As well as installing it upside down.

Don't laugh too hard, the combination did work for me!
Link Posted: 5/13/2004 3:34:17 AM EST
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