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Old 10-18-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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Kill a drive from too much Formatting/partitioning?


My 160 gig drive is just about to quit on me, or so says Maxtor Powermax. I first figured it out today, after doing a complete format of my drive and re-installed Mandriva 2005LE and Windows XP. I first noticed that something was wrong when my linux didn't want to mount a couple filesystems at boot up and couldn't repair the errors. This tipped me off, because XP was fine, booted no problems.

So I checked it out, downloaded the diagnostic software from my disk's manufacturer (Maxtor Powerblast) and it told me that my drive is about to fail, and I should backup all my data before it dies. Wow, so I check out the warranty to see if i'm still covered, but it looks like it wore out in february! argh! *laugh*

So what I was wondering what could be the cause?

I've been formatting and partitioning like mad the past few weeks, as i've just found linux and i tried literally a dozen different distros before settling on Mandriva 2005LE. Could all that be the reason why my drive has just crapped out on me?

Thanks for reading,
 
Old 10-18-2005, 08:58 PM   #2
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Not likely, it is probably just a coincidence.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 12:14 AM   #3
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purelithium: Some makes of hard drives are not as reliable as others.

Next time, try a Western Digital or a Seagate and be sure to test the drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic software before you use it.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 04:45 PM   #4
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i hope it didn't seem like this was a new drive, as it's about 3-4 years old and was used by a small business before me. I was given it as part of a junked computer

I haven't had much luck with seagate in the past, as a 30 gig barracuda I had went south about 6 months after I bought it. And I haven't had much experience with WD, although I do recall I had a 120 mb disk by them a long time ago, back in Dos days....
 
Old 10-19-2005, 06:37 PM   #5
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Seagate and Maxtor drives are slow and they use more CPU resources than Western Digital and IBM/Hitachi. I prefer Hitachi drives because they are the fastest. Western Digital are also as good as IBM/Hitachi. I recommend both Western Digital and IBM/Hitachi for desktop or workstation systems.

Partiitioning and formatting multiple times does not reduce the life of the hard drive. I think the previous owner set the drive into stand-by which does reduce the life span of the hard drive significantly. For your new hard drive never, never put the drive in stand-by or sleep mode. Always have it at full throttle.

Hard drives are fragile so handle them as you were handling radioactive material. I have a hard drive lasting over a decade which is a Western Digital hard drive in an 80386DX-40.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 12:03 AM   #6
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And the newer “black” Western Digitals are exceptionally quiet in addition to being very fast. Also, if you get the OEM WD drives, they come with a 3-year warranty. It's beyond me why people pay more for the retail WDs that only come with a 1-year warranty.

WDs have been my favorites for a long time.
 
Old 10-20-2005, 12:07 AM   #7
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Looks like I'll be getting a WD or Hitachi when I get a replacement for my 160. Thanks for the help, everyone!
 
  


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