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Old 01-19-04, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default ::sigh:: Another dead WD800JB

Another click of death. This is the second one in 6 months from Newegg, and needless to say I'm a little bit angry. I got it to read from the drive once, but it seems as good as dead. I want to try and get a few files off of it before it goes completely. Any ideas on the best way to do so?

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Old 01-20-04, 02:14 PM   #2
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Sometimes the heard stick on the larger WD drivers....put the drive (unhooked) on a slick flat surface, lay it on its top (non circuitry side)...then spin it fast, let is spin about 15 times the stop it and do it again. Sometime this is getting them un stuck. But that is more of a last hope thing to do to get it to boot one more time to grab data...


The other thing to do is what everyone should have done in the first place...Get a Maxtor u133 8mb drive. (knock wood) but I have had my 2 80 gigs 8mb drivers for over 6 months and I have 4 Maxtor 30gig u100 2mb 7200rpm drivers that are running raid in my server for over 2 years now!!!

And donít get me started on my Maxtor 5400Rpm 20 gig that is over 5 years old and still holding data.

Granted my drivers are always cooled by at least 50 CMF from day 1...
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Old 01-20-04, 04:22 PM   #3
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Bah, what is it with harddrives failing? As I mentioned in another thread I made, my 120 gigabyte Maxtor drive has been having all kinds of problems, and it isn't a simple virus. When the drive comes up in the Bios as a "Yaxdor XDJRK120 ", you know something it wrong (yes, it actually detected the name as having SMILEY FACES!). Bah, my WD harddrives never had any problems, but now my 120 gigabyte Maxtor is practicly dead. I'm not sure what to think...maybe harddrives either fail right away, or seem to go on forever (my 4 gig HD in my 200 mhz computer STILL runs fine, despite the fact that the computer has been dropped...several times).
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Old 01-20-04, 06:18 PM   #4
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It seems like hard drives are becoming less and less reliable. I've had to replace my WD hard drives on more than one occasion. However, as long as their RMA policy is as painless as it is, I'll keep sending them back my bad drives. It's their dime, not mine.

But the old Quantum drive in my parents' computer is still going strong and I'm fairly certain the old 13 GB WD drive that I sold a long time ago is still working.
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Old 01-21-04, 08:24 AM   #5
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My 18gb WD hd is about 6 years old now and runs perfect, I have had failures in maxtor/ibm/samsung since then, but never WD. I think it is all random chance. I also think that I will keep buying drives with a 3 year warranty, man have youguys seen the ones with only like 30day-6month warranty that is terrible.

Anyway heres hoping my wd800jb keeps running perfect.
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It seems like hard drives are becoming less and less reliable. I've had to replace my WD hard drives on more than one occasion. However, as long as their RMA policy is as painless as it is, I'll keep sending them back my bad drives. It's their dime, not mine.

But the old Quantum drive in my parents' computer is still going strong and I'm fairly certain the old 13 GB WD drive that I sold a long time ago is still working.
I'd agree 100%, until this past 12 months i'd never had a single hard drive problem, but since large storage is now essential with broadband being common quality may have fallen by the wayside slightly
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Old 01-21-04, 08:59 AM   #7
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I had a Seagate die at my dad's office after about nine months.

But personally, I have never had a problem with WD hard drives. Have an 80 gig that I put in my 1.4 TBird two years ago--works fine. Have a 120 gig that I've had in my machine for 6 months--no problems. Have a 1 gig WD that I put in a Linux server a few years back after it was used as a secondary hard drive since, I think, 1995--works fine.
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I have an 80Gig (2) 120 Gig and a 250.

This drives are being used constantly.
Never had a problem. I think you've just had some bad luck dude. But WD is top notch on my end..

Hopefully your third lasts forever
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Old 01-21-04, 06:26 PM   #9
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I have an 80Gig (2) 120 Gig and a 250.

This drives are being used constantly.
Never had a problem. I think you've just had some bad luck dude. But WD is top notch on my end..

Hopefully your third lasts forever
If there is a third. I'm tired of having to pay shipping to send these things back. I'm going to try and get them to waive the restocking fee, give me credit, and then pay the $13 to get a Maxtor 80GB 8MB cache instead.
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Old 01-21-04, 06:40 PM   #10
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Today's IDE hard drives are not built to last. They even have plastic races in the spindle motor bearings. They are commodity product. Figure they will die after about 2 years and that should do it.
Now, getting one that dies in 6 months is not to hard to beleive, but it should be the exception and not the rule.

I'll use IDE drives on computers that do not have any significant data on them, but that is about it.
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If there is a third. I'm tired of having to pay shipping to send these things back. I'm going to try and get them to waive the restocking fee, give me credit, and then pay the $13 to get a Maxtor 80GB 8MB cache instead.
good boy, those are some fast drives too....
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Eh and I have 1 800JB for almost two years now and all is good - fingers crossed, and than went to buy 160 GB Maxtor for extra space as WD160GB was a bit more expensive at the time - transferred ~40-GB of data on it the first night - around 5 gb to go, and the sucker failed... shock horror

Arghhhh... I think I need to buy DVDRW finally...

Anyway - my next step was to buy a 1600JB WD and all is right - thankfully - I used and abused the drives (well this 800JB more than any other) and all is still good.

I have one 3 year old 40 gig Maxtor and a 1998/99 6.4 GB seagate that is still chugging along....

But it's just the luck.

One way or the other you just reminded me that I need an 8X DVDRW fast,

When are those double layer ones coming out (~8GB per disc)?
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