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  1. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-update-september-2014/ Extremely interesting ! Also see the other links in the article.
  2. NSA Hides Spying Backdoors into Hard Drive Firmware ! http://www.techpowerup.com/209925/nsa-hides-spying-backdoors-into-hard-drive-firmware.html What do you say now ? Will you still buy a new HDD from WD or SG ? Debate please.
  3. I own an old 286 PC made by DTK, it's called 'Mini 286'. It's equipped with 1mb ram and it's made in 1989. It was laying in my closet for 6 years now. I've remembered it might be a good time to change the CMOS battery. I was too late, it has already leaked. I disasambled the whole PC, resoldered a new battery, cleaned out the corrosion and it works just fine. I gave it a perfect clean. There is not a dust particle left. I disassembled and cleaned everything, including the power supply. I've never cleaned the PC before, so now it was a good time as I had to completely disassemble it to remove the main board from the case. Eager to get it working again, I plugged in the data cable of the ST-251-1 the other way around (on the controller side, as the disk side is keyed). Now the bios was dead (obviously since I've changed the battery). I did not remember the "hard disk type" off hand. So I googled. I found this drive should be either type 30 or type 44 on my system. It has 820 cylinders and 6 heads. 44 and 30 are the only two types that match up in my bios. However the drive is still dead. The green led comes on a couple of times at bootup, and the drive spins up, but the system says Physical disk 0 failure. What exactly has failed and can I ever know? It was plugged in the opposite side the first ~6 bootups before I gave up with the bios settings and started looking for a problem elsewhere. That's when I've found the flipped data cable. The drive certainly did work before (6 years ago). Could I have blown something when I reversed the connector? The drive sounds normal and healthy. Thanks
  4. Okay I am so new at computer technology so please bear with me because i am just learning. I was attempting to download linux on my Acer aspire V5 and was running into problems getting the correct software to run a dual boot system and installing linux in the correct location and drive to be able to run a dual boot system. I have a feeling that this is a little off topic for this fourm, but i really need help. In Disk Management when i right click the storage space on "Disk 0" to delete volume the only option i get is "help" (See picture). The only time i get the normal option menu is for the Acer (C;) storage and the 300MB of health storage. I can not edit this volume either with the exception of shinking the vol of Acer (C:). Am i supposed to have this many drives listed? Well i know they are not actual hard drives but i don't know what they are called. None of them take up much space on my hard drive, but one of them does take up 15.5 GB of memory but that is nothing big. As of rite now i linux is on my CD-ROM 1, is that bad if i plan on installing linux as a dual boot OS? Any info on where those volume Partitions could have come from, how to make it so i can delete them to increase my Acer(C:) partition, or if the setup i have now will prevent me from using Linux as a dual boot OS is greatly appreciated! Sorry about not being too informed on the topic Oh and also i do have a thumb drive plugged in while the screenshot was taken, it is Disk 1 (E:) so just ignore that