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Thread: Hard-drive Lifespan

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    Lucky I bought a spare seagate barracuda to back up the old maxtor 60gig hdd that I got about 1.5yrs ago. And about 1 yr ago, it's been giving me problems, eg not being able to boot up because OS not found or Hdd not found. I managed to sustain the maxtor hdd for another 0.5 yr by hitting and kicking it .

    So now, I got my primary drive as the seagate and slave as my old maxtor. Been storing for the last 3-4 mths without any problems and now the maxtor piece of crap juz brokedown again...I have like 30gigs full of files in there, yep my fault for trying my luck on some maxtor junk, but I was wondering if ther eis anyway to retrieve the files. And note, the old hdd is inconsistent, it works sometimes and sometimes not.

    Another question:

    Why is it that my primary hdd won't boot windows up when my slave isn't working?? Shouldn't it just bypass the slave hdd coz it's not functioning and continue booting up windows??

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    Drive letters may be changing or you might have both drives set active. Which would lead to some of the other problems you listed as well.
    If the electronics are screwed, the cable select settings and even ordinary slave master readings wouldn't be possible. The cmos might remove both as a protection measure.
    All you can do is try changing jumpers around and see if you can boot and copy files or do it in dos.

    Those drive should last up to 5 years but constant use like filesharing and encoding can shorten that. I've lost maxtors at 3 months but still have a few that are close to 8 years.

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    Originally posted by RedRival@30 September 2003 - 02:16
    I managed to sustain the maxtor hdd for another 0.5 yr by hitting and kicking it .

    Might this be part of the problem?

    It may decide to swallow your 30GB just out of spite...
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    Originally posted by clocker+30 September 2003 - 11:40--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (clocker @ 30 September 2003 - 11:40)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-RedRival@30 September 2003 - 02:16
    I managed to sustain the maxtor hdd for another 0.5 yr by hitting and kicking it .

    Might this be part of the problem?

    It may decide to swallow your 30GB just out of spite... [/b][/quote]
    lol, no. could be something wrong mechanically, so a few &#39;nudges&#39; will make it go smooth again.. has been working fine, then it doesn&#39;t work temporarily, if i put it back right now, i&#39;m pretty sure it will work after switching the pc on and off for a few times.

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    Originally posted by RedRival@30 September 2003 - 04:38

    lol, no. could be something wrong mechanically, so a few &#39;nudges&#39; will make it go smooth again.. has been working fine, then it doesn&#39;t work temporarily, if i put it back right now, i&#39;m pretty sure it will work after switching the pc on and off for a few times.
    That may be, but if you do have a mechanical problem, it won&#39;t heal itself. It can only get worse, in fact.
    If you can gain access again, I would get everything off of that drive ASAP and count myself lucky...
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    Maxtor drives tend to run hotter than other manufacturers for some reason, which dries out the lubrication on the spindle and the arm. So it could be the arm sticking, or the spindle not getting up to the correct speed, either of which would make the drive unresponsive.

    I had one go like this, but it was still in warranty so I took it back. Fortunately, they didn&#39;t have any Maxtor drives in stock nor an expected delivery date, so they gave me a Western Digital instead and it has performed without a hitch ever since. Take clocker&#39;s advice, back up your data and dump the drive.
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    Yeah I hear that Seagate and Western Digital are the best. I have been running an 80 GB Seagate with no cooling besides the processo fan (no case fan) and it runs at about 100F. It has never had ANY problems. My friends WD are also very good
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    I would check the electical connections to the drive. It sounds like a loose connection. Try using another IDE cable and use another 4 pin power supply connector. Wiggle the plugs on the drive themselves. Maybe you can get it to work long enough to retrieve your files.

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    I overcooked my maxtor drive...

    now i get slow read, write

    even dir listing is screwy...

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