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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by debodun, Jan 19, 2006.

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  1. debodun

    debodun Thread Starter

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    My almost 6 year old system finally gave up the ghost. When I tried to power up, it just wouldn't boot. I couldn't get it to boot even by putting the recovery disk in the floppy drive. I had someone look at it and he said it was hard drive failure. I asked what could cause this and he just shrugged and said that the reader was crashing onto the disk surface. He said there was a possiblilty the some data could be recovered, though if I wanted to pay him $200 to do it when I bought a new system.

    A local mom & pop computer store said if I turned over my old compuyer to them, they would do a data transfer for free. I am dubious about turning over the system if there's recoverable data on it. It might contain passwords and other information that I wouldn't want to be accessed.

    So I want to know what would cause a hard drive failure and what about giving up the old CPU to the computer store?
     
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    If you are going to purchase a new system and they will take the old one for free, give it to them minus the hard drive.
     
  3. buddhafabio

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    it failed at its expected time. harddrives like cars if taken care of some will only last as long as 150000 miles and some will go 250000+ miles just depends on engineering and care of the person operating it
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Really after six years you want to know why it failed? Six years is more than most drives will last. In the last few years with hd prices coming so far down, quality has been cut. An old drive from the early 90's might last that long or longer, however a new one will not.

    Consider yourself lucky to have gotten that much use out of the drive.
     
  5. buddhafabio

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    i had one one fail after 6 months use.
     
  6. Tech-Geek

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    No hard drive should last less than 1 year. Even with cuts in quality if you go with a good company and make sure you working with a good batch (not a death star), I mean Desk Star. Luckily those are no longer made.
     
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