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Aging Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jimmy A, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. Jimmy A

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    Our shinny new Dell Dimension 8250 (Jan 2003) is 4 years old now. It has a 120 Gig hard drive which has always worked well. It's a Seagate ST3120023A. I'm wondering how long it will last. Could it go on another 4 or 5 years, or will it do well to last through the rest of this year? Can anyone tell me what I might expect here?
     
  2. steigrafx

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    There's really no way to tell. I'm a network admin with hundreds of PC's and have had brandnew drives fail in a day or two, and I've had drives that have lasted for more years than they had a right to.
     
  3. Jimmy A

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    Thank you. Maybe I should get one of those external hard drives and cloning software, if I can figure out how to use it, and be ready like a good Boy Scout.
     
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    That would be a fantastic idea .... get Acronis True Image.

    I would also suggest an External HD Enclosure .. and put a new HD in it.
    Then you also have the ability to change (swap) the HD in it ... or use it to read a HD that won't boot.

    Watching for Sales on HDs ... this is usually cheaper than one that comes assembled.
     
  5. paulmo_on_tour

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    Noyb,

    I COMPLETELY AGREE!!!! LOL, just had the issue of losing several months (yes I know back up...as well as don't drink so much Coke...) of data when my HDD in my Alienware laptop took a nose dive and just died!

    Someone, I believe Bonk, made the suggestion of True Image, ended up buying the Disk Manager programme as well, money well spent! Less than 5 minutes backed up 8G of Windows XP, Office and a few other Bits and Bobs.

    Now if I could only find a driver for my nVIDIA card....

    Paul
     
  6. Jimmy A

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    What is an External HD Enclosure ??
     
  7. steigrafx

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    It's an external case within which you place an internal hard drive. They're made for either SATA or PATA drives, and they connect to the PC via USB or Firewire.
     
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    Right ... A USB enclosure to put a HD in.
    You need the enclosure .. a HD .. and some assembly required.
    Also great if you have some extra HDs lying around.

    A peek inside my favorite .... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817123021
     

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    On your drive: When I buy a new HD I tend to plug it in and leave it on for a couple of weeks whether I use it or not. Seagate is a good brand and if you've had no problems in four years, odds are there is nothing bad imminent. Still the idea of buying a new Seagate or Western Digital drive and putting it in a 'box' is a very good one. Show some backup! I've bought two ACOM enclosure units over the past five years and I liked them very much, rugged, durable, quiet. They work with either USB, USB2, or Firewire.

    I have yet to see an external enclosure unit you can buy that will seat SATA, although there are external drives like the WD mybook series which come ready to go, just not able to switch out with different internal drives.
     
  10. steigrafx

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    robomatic, search newegg.com for "external usb sata" and you'll see there are now many external sata enclosures available.
     
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