Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Recommended Hard drive maker

  1. #1
    Free-DC Semi-retire gopher_yarrowzoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    3,982

    Recommended Hard drive maker

    Okay,
    I've just lost yet another fricking 500Gb Sata HDD, this one gave no indication as to impending doom either - I guess I'm not buy seagate again or at least not from the shop I've bought that one out of. I say another that's the 2nd in less than a year I'm sure of it. NOT a happy bunny.

    I did have it running BOINC on all 4 cores, along with some other software. No real back up - I know I still have the last drive that well makes a racket but at least works if some what slowly or I HOPE it still does.
    Was just about to start talking to my girlfriend, yahoo messenger locked up.. No biggie easy to recover from, nope no can do, BOINC - I couldn't even "suspend" that to make get some processor time thinking it was that HDD light was pretty much on, could hear it as well. I gave it a moment or 2 to try and sort itself out - nope..
    Power down
    Power up.........
    The dreaded "please sort your drive out there isn't an O/S on this one" type message - reboot, into bios
    Once it got there - 2 drives show up, my 320 and my 360, no 500gb.

    I did manage to get it to see it but even Spinrite 6 running level 2 just seemed to sit there I'm thinking it's the controller board - I hope it's just the board and the physical drive is ok.


    So any hints / tips on getting it back and what drive or drives to replace it with and a reputable source of them in the UK.
    Semi-retired from Free-DC...
    I have some time to help.....
    I need a new laptop,but who needs a laptop when you have a phone...


  2. #2
    Free-DC Semi-retire gopher_yarrowzoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    3,982
    Okay tried it on level 4 on spinrite, was going really, really, freaking slow, paused it (stupidly) ran some drive tests random seek was throwing errors galore and now SMART has marked the drive BAD
    I got seatools wonder if I can do anything with it or is it a brick totally.
    Semi-retired from Free-DC...
    I have some time to help.....
    I need a new laptop,but who needs a laptop when you have a phone...


  3. #3
    Administrator Bok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States
    Posts
    22,206
    Blog Entries
    13
    You should be able to get it replaced by Seagate, HD's usually have a 2-3 year warranty on them.

  4. #4
    Free-DC Semi-retire gopher_yarrowzoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    3,982
    Yes I believe this is under a year looked on seagate warranted until March 2013..
    Semi-retired from Free-DC...
    I have some time to help.....
    I need a new laptop,but who needs a laptop when you have a phone...


  5. #5
    www.amdusers.com
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    264
    I like Samsung HDDs, none failed yet in 30+ boxen running 24/7. The 7200rpm 1TB drives are only a couple of bucks more than the 500MB so I buy the larger ones now.

    Had similar problems to your report with 2 Seagate HDDs but I didn't waste my time RMA'ing them. HDDs are so cheap these days they're a consumable item.

    Also had two OCZ SSDs die with the first month but I RMA'd them as they were >$500 items. I buy Corsair SSDs now.

  6. #6
    Free-DC Semi-retire gopher_yarrowzoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    3,982
    Thanks Vaugan, Bok - I'll have a look, liking Western Digital as I only replace that drive as the bad sector count went up I think the board got bad power to it when the PSU was failing but I'm going to try and Zero it out and start again. I got a Samsung they are good your right and a Hitachi in there also. So I'll go for one of those there now just to find someplace that sells 'em at a nice price and not just Seagate or cheap-yet not cheap Seagate aka Maxtor. I might step up a size but I'm wary of Heat in those thing makes 'em more vunerable maybe time for a new case as well argh need to save up to move to the US man...
    Semi-retired from Free-DC...
    I have some time to help.....
    I need a new laptop,but who needs a laptop when you have a phone...


  7. #7
    Free-DC Semi-retire gopher_yarrowzoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Santa Ana, CA
    Posts
    3,982
    Beware - I got a new drive - 500Gb WD Green drive - 39.99 from PC World, I know but well they had a Seagate for 28.99 I wasn't gonna get bitten twice and I will get a reindexed drive back for the one that failed.
    Semi-retired from Free-DC...
    I have some time to help.....
    I need a new laptop,but who needs a laptop when you have a phone...


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •