How often do your hard drives crash?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Lep, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. Lep

    Lep Guest

    I ask this because I've got about 34 gigs of MP3s on one hard drive. I've also got an FTP up occasionally. In the past, I've had both of my hard drives die at one point or another, which has me anal about backing up every piece of data that comes into this thing.

    My IBM 37 gig was the first to go, I only had that for about a year.
    My Western Digital 43 gig lasted only a bit longer than that. And my Maxtor 5 gigger, which I got in 1998, is still ticking...hah.
     
  2. stuy_b

    stuy_b Guest

    You should regularly run chkdsk and defrag, why? well they stop any potential problems and can warn you b4 its too late!

    I've never had what you described though, but I have Maxtor D740X 40Gb.
     
  3. DrX

    DrX Guest

    I have had 3 IBM drives just die " click, click , click" AAAAAAAAAAhhhhhh

    Probably 150GB in total data loss - as you can only back up so much stuff ....


    I hate IBM drives now...

    My maxtors have run every day fro 2 years and never had an issue
     
  4. Bootsy

    Bootsy Huh?

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    I still got my crappy maxtor 8gig as a 4th hard drive for backing up "stuff", never had a prblem for like 3 1/2 years
     
  5. ColtSeavers

    ColtSeavers Guest

    I've stuck with Western Digital for hard drives for the last 4 years and had no touble at all.....
     
  6. Highwind7777

    Highwind7777 Guest

    if your hard drive fails, you can go to a data recovery centre to recover all of your data(they can copy it to another hdd for u)...in Toronto, theres a company that does this for free as long as the final price is under something like $100 canadian...they're really nice...
     
  7. mavis

    mavis Guest

    yeah, it's interseting reading all the IBM problems... I have two Maxtors and have NEVER had a problem - I always thought IBM was the best (although the reason I got the Maxtors to begin with is because anandtech.com rated them high like three years ago when I bought my first PC, lol)...

    Looks like I'll be sticking with Maxtor after all. :)

    mavis
     
  8. JJB6486

    JJB6486 Retired Mod Political User

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    I have been running two OEM Western Digital HDs for 2 years with no problems. One is a 30GB OEM Compaq drive (main drive) and the other a 8GB OEM Gateway 2000 (backups) drive.

    JJB6486
     
  9. Mubbers

    Mubbers Shoot! Political User

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    My old computer had a real problem with drives powering up and down during use. The local shop couldn't even fix the problem. Eventually out of desperation I took the computer to bits.

    When I re-built it I had an extra data cable and the machine worked fine ever after!

    Moral: check your cabling they don't even have to be loose just a bad wire.
     
  10. cychem

    cychem Guest

    Same story here: Been using Western Digitals for years no problems. I have one that I bought in 95 a whopping 1.2 gigs cost a fortune still running on a machine.

    I would strongly reccomend getting Spin Rite @

    http://grc.com/purchasing.htm

    its a good tool to see whats going on with your hard drive. Takes forever to run the first scan but it will alert you to potential problems. It just got a review in the current Maximum PC. Been using it for a while love it.

    Cheers