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Is the Seagate gonna last .......

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by abbyk, Oct 1, 2003.

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  1. abbyk

    abbyk Thread Starter

    Sep 14, 2003
    Hello everyone:)

    I'm a little perplexed over what to do with my Seagate Barracuda IV 80GB hard drive.

    I bought it on 11-11-2002 so I have only 10 days until the warranty runs out.....:eek:

    The drive was a beauty - pretty quick and oh so quiet - and totally reliable - until around 3 or 4 months ago when i got my 1st bad sector. After that I received a handful of warnings from my bios that S.M.A.R.T status was BAD & the drive should be replaced - and another bad sector.
    Indeed running Seagate's Seatools diagnostic software confirmed my drive was bad & needed replacing.

    It took me a while to manage the cash for a replacement as my reseller would not ship a replacement in advance.

    3months later....

    So With a new IBM/Hitatchi 180GXP 120GB, I transferred all of my data safely to the new drive (phew).

    I checked again and seatools confirmed the drive had physical defects and needed replacing.
    Before returning the drive I thought it common sense to write zeros to the drive, which I did with Seagate's Discwizard software.

    Then I ran seatools again to check the error message & guess what......?
    .........."NO PROBLEMS FOUND" :confused:
    So did an intensive diagnostic - and again no problems.

    Ok then - so I can't send it back now if its coming up fine - they'll probably just send it back to me!

    So reformatted & set it up as a second drive just for storage/backup. Ran a full scandisc - fine. Even the bad sectors seem to have disappeared.

    The drive does seem to be running fine.

    I use a cool freeware app Speedfan 4.02 to monitor my chip, board and drive temperatures. It also has a drive S.M.A.R.T reort tool which is telling me the drive's fitness is not so good, about 45%, the IBM is 100%. (Screenshots attatched)

    I'm still insecure whether this drive may last for years yet or is destined to failure in the near future.

    Should I stick with it & hope it will be ok, or insist the reseller replace it as it has failed before ?

    Any knowledgable comments will be much appreciated


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  2. Kerri Ann

    Kerri Ann

    Aug 18, 2003
    i would definately contact seagate, as i also have a seagate barracuda, and i just found out that there was a couple of models they made that same year (2002) that became corrupt after being exposed to heat and/or humidity of temperatures that it should be able to withstand.
  3. abbyk

    abbyk Thread Starter

    Sep 14, 2003
    Hey thanks Kerri Ann :)

    I'll email seagate direct then u think ?

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