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    Thought y'all would get a kick out of this

    interestingly enough I think I first registered under the current user name on these forums on a econo-box built using this drive new
  2. Peep that raw read error rate and then mosey over to the seek error rate. Astonishing. Best of all, the count increases in all fields with any disk access on that drive. Hundreds and occasionally in the thousands for each attribute/ second. I feel bad it took a month to get around to checking the "performance issue" out.
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    Oldest drive still in use

    I'll start us off wit ha Western digital caviar 280 drive manufactured July 1993 originally in a 386 Packard Hell XL In its current home a Comapq 486dx 33mhz it is a slave to a 540MB seagate medalist. The machine saw use as an HTML coder until I quit manually writing code. Now it exists to run all of the moldy oldie PC games I can't live without running on a genuine dos platform of the era Drives still good as of Xmas break of 2008. Both saw at least a few years of 24x7 operation I know someone out there has a running ST-225
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    major seagte failure

    I, too, have had one of three fail
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    Where, oh where, are the Terabyte drives

    quotes like this are why my posts in the SR forums are few and far between. You are a tool.
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    Hitachi first to announce 1TB drive

    Tasty, and I was just getting ready to order up several 750 giggers. Ha! For some reason I think back to my 1.2 gig seagate, my first drive beyond 540mb. Very nice is all I can say. I hope the 32MB buffer is indicative of general read/write performance in some way... its a lot of space for a potential power loss. Then again I think back to my last 5 platter drive and it was a Deathstar 75gb. Its a fun drive torn apart the spindle motor has a good amount of torque and you can cut pretty deeply into a platter with a file. Don't ask about the latter.
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    Seagate 7200.9 80GB 3.AAE

    IF seagate can find any reason to think that a failure could be likely within a year from SMART data, they will save both concerned the hassle. Spin Buzzes from low current aren't "Easy" on the motor, you know
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    Seagate drive repair 300GB replaced by 400Gb

    This is pretty common for seagate, the last two Seagates I had to RMA were some 3.2 giggers and they swapped out for some medalist 6.4's that run as we speak. A friend of mine had a 40 gig barracuda 7200.7 swapped out for a Barracuda 7200.9 80gb ...
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    Test your computer knowledge.

    LoL a voice of reason Uhhhh I never had a win98 machine even on a 1.13ghz overclocked PIII or athlon boot faster than XP, and if your XP build is good, that should be the case with any decent system. It was a major selling point of XP over w9x and w2k. I would explain how the boot up sequences are completely different but for some reason I think it would be....
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    Western Digital vibrator

    --> QUOTE(steve b @ Aug 29 2006, 12:09 PM) 233447[/snapback] I just got a WD2500KS. I put it into an external enclosure and I could hear the hum easily across the room. It was sitting on a desk which no doubt amplified the vibration. I thought it was the enclosure fan, but it was the drive. I was hoping I could RMA it but searching this forum it appears this drive is normal. I don't see why they can't balance the platters better. I don't know how the head can stay on track with the drive moving around. With a little luck maybe this thing won't cause my case to vibrate, but I still don't see how such a precision device can work while vibrating. Is this a problem with 250 GB drives in general? Without removing my other drives I can't compare it very well but it seems to vibrate more than my WD2000JS, and my Samsung SP1614C doesn't seem to vibrate at all. Honestly if it is that bad just order up an RMA number and be rid of it. It cannot generate that kind of noise and vibration and last for long, so your though process is most likely right. Youprobably have been playing with these things for a while now and have a good idea of what "normal" is in a modern sense. I have always found WD's to give off an audible whine when nearing death, but never a sever vibration as you described. Its your data. Just for your information those platters are not imbalanced and working. A typical harddrive head flies extremely close to the surface. If you were t omake a harddrive platter as tall as the empire state building, the head (expanding all dimensions proportionately)would be 2mm off of the surface. Any sort of vibration on any axis is going to grind that disk to a halt, quickly. If you wantto cut down on noise you can generally get away with buying the drive with the least number of heads in operation for a capacity, and also you must factor in total number of platters.
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    WD3200KS or Seagate 320 GB 7200.10?

    Bitter experience has taught me to be wary of WD drives not made in Maylasia. Can't count the number of RMA's I sent off that were out of there. WD's are Rock solid out of Thailand. Seagates the better drives are out of SIngapore, but the Chinese jobs aren't bad. At my shop, I haven't had a Seagate RMA in 4 months and I have had a couple of WD's come in but hell, as long as you actively cool your drives you should be safe either way. I should note that the last Seagate drive I rma's was a barely in warranty barracuda V 80gb. while the two wd's I got in this month were both 120JBs. I would say buy the WD because I am worried they are going to be going out of business in the next couple of years and that would be no good for anyone. I would say buy the seagate if you want the best chance of that drive out lasting your interest in its capacity (just retired a seagate medalist 1.6gb, actually the p166 mmx machine was retired I should say...) Don't be cheap or lazy. Put active cooling on your drive, and not just a case fan (even 120mm)blowing on it, use a HSF for HDDs.
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    ST3250824AS acoustic managemnent

    Yes! There are a few programs out there that allow you to modify the acoustic management settings, I generally always recommend HDD Scan. Its been pretty full-proof and offers a neat lowlevel testing of the drive sector by sector while categorizing and counting total times for the scan. It allow yous to invoke hardware long and short smart tests and is about as low level general purpose as you can get with a windows based utility. version 2.7 can be had over at What you are looking for is the third tab, labeled IDE Features. Hope this helps
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    Hard Drive Reliability

    There's not big differences between those two scenarios. Contemporary fluid dynamics bearing drives can run 24/7 for years without any problems or degradation. But the running drive is hotter and secondly, it is more sensitive to any mechanical or electrical shock. So, if your drives run in a room where's optimal cooling, no vibrations or sudden shocks, plus good quality power supply then I don't see there any problems. I have several cheap desktop class ATA/SATA drives which are running 24/7 continuously up to 2 years so far and no single problem with them. But they are pretty rarely accessed, so they get very low seeking load. Usually just the active 24/7 seeking will kill the drive mechanics (actuator, heads) and may also make sudden head crashes into platters. HDDs also live well years with power plugged off and drive stored somewhere in safe place. Although there may occure situations where drive powered on after long standing on shelves will not start up anymore (motor/bearings "freezed" or smth). Also, every spinup/spindown process stresses the drive in some degree (although contemporary drives are designed to live 50,000+ of such cycles), there may be even electronics one-time burnout caused by high startup current. Still, these problems are more theoretical and I have not experienced them so far. And I have drives stored (powered-off) from 15+ years ago which could spinup and read data without any problems today. About specific HDD model selection for such a use - look for several topics on SR forum here, even in couple of last days there have been two or three of them... FDB bearings are least consistent when first being spun after a down time of about thirty days. Safest bet for FDBs is if they are off for any extended period of time, power them but do not access them for about 5 minutes of spin time so as to optimize bearing fluid viscosity. I think maxtor had a widespread problem with early FDB based models.... something about it causing platter movement on a particular axis... can't rmember but I'll post back in a couple of days when I find the white paper I was reading.
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    7200.7 + 7200.9 in raid 0?

    Absolutely. Hell you can even have different size drives and your stripe array wiull be double the smaller of the two drives hooked up (or multiply for your setup). In order to optimize seek times and writes and the various what-nots its best to have drives of the same family and even firmware for *optimal performance*. Between a 7200.7 and .9 I would say its a comfy bet that its going to perform decently, but to keep things *optimal* I would suggest trying save up the loot and have a matched pair of drives. PS I ran a wd1200jbrtl and a 7200.7 in a two disk stripe and it did ok. However in my experience later on with the two models I found that matched pairs of wd's or 7200.7 (120026A i think was the model to lazy to look up, the 8 meg pata drive) did feel smoother and more consistent in operation. No numbers I am sorry to report so take what I say wit ha grain of salt.
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    Bad to have left drive running?

    I should have specified, I normally fill the drive to capacity and then randomly delete 25% and then run a defrag. Its a good generaly and non linear test of the drive. To me anyway. So very true about new drive failures... the warehouse where i used to obtain my Western Digitals was very bad about sending me drives in ridiculous packaging considering they were coming in via UPS. I have been to the local best buy and circuit citys and seen their employees literally throwing retail packaged drives to eachother and missing the catch. Trusting any unproven drive to hold files you don't have a backup of (and come to think of it, who doesn't back up there files thesedays? IS there really an excuse) is just plain silly. ALthough kudos to the poster of the thread for having the good sense to ask around.