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Old 10-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #12
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Default Re: The hard drive failure thread

I did work on some computers from 2006 - 2011.

Most of what had failed in this list were Seagate drives. Three Momentus drives had definitely failed:
one 100GB in 2007 (uncorrectable sectors, didn't even last six months!)
one 160GB in 2008 (uncorrectable sectors, lasted nine months)
one 200GB in 2012 - still recognized! Had over 12K UNC

Momentus Exceptions:
two Seagates still surprisingly work to this day but are not too reliable for critical use:
one 250GB [ST9250827AS] in 2010, date code 08441 - only one bad sector (tripped up a Windows Vista install, lol) - read and write error rate keep going up!
one 320GB [ST9320421ASG] in 2011, date code 09015 - ~430 bad sectors and test Windows 8 install, stable so far, wtf

A Seagate Barracuda 250GB drive in someone's old Dell Dimension desktop was a causality. Failure was uncorrectable sectors. This was in 2006.

A Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB hard drive ends up here. Wasn't pretty at all. Near beginning of the drive had too many UNC sectors. This was in 2011.

I had a used 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 drive die within 5 months of obtaining it. POH never even reached 1500, IIRC. Didn't cost much, oh well.

An IBM Travelstar 60GB laptop drive, IC25T060ATCS05-0. Kept hanging OS. Drive kept dropping out as well. Finally died in March 16, 2008 due to too many UNC sectors. Date was Nov-01. This was my former web server drive. Got everything off, fortunately!

An IBM Travelstar 20GB laptop drive suddenly died when Dad had it. Interestingly wasn't concerned about the data on the drive, either. Plugging it in resulted in click of death. This was in 2006. The laptop was obtained in 2004, and the drive's date was 2004.

A Western Digital Caviar WD1200BB 120GB desktop drive made in 2001 failed in 2010. Showed IDNF on entire drive. I have since backed up the data on the drive before that fact and have obtained its platters.


Old school drives are interesting to me. Had the following fail:

Seagate U4 4.3GB drive, ST34311A. Lasted quite a while before it failed in 2005 due to Click of Death. Mfg date was 1999.

Western Digital Caviar 1GB drive, WDAC21000-00H. Had a Mfg. date of 1996-02-29. Finally failed in 2004 due to Click of Death. I called it the Leap Year drive.
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