07-30-2005, 11:35 PM
| | Re: Western Digital & Seagate HD's
On Sat, 30 Jul 2005 22:42:35 GMT, "Gilbert"
>I have 2 seagate cheetahs, scsi, and 1 wd eide hd. I've had the wd for
>about 1 year and already it is showing some bad sectors. Each week when I
>run wd's disk utility, it tells me it found bad sectors.
"About" a year? You should've RMA'd it immediately when
first bad sector showed up. If it only has a one year
warranty but is still within that 1 year period, RMA it
>I've had the cheetahs for 7 years and this year is the first time they are
>showing bad sectors.
Retire them too. Drives should invisibly remap bad sectors,
if the scanning shows any that's typically a sign that
you're out of spares and the drive already has far more bad
sectors than reported in scanning
>Are hd for home use like the wd drives the same for the most part? It is a
>little distressing to see a hd start to decline after 1 year of use.
You can't really make assumptions based on a single drive.
Many people have WDs that run fine for years. Some have
Cheetahs fails. There's a certain percentage that fail and
it was just random (bad) luck it was your turn.
"Home use" does not mean "probably fails in a year's time"
though, the primary differences are RPM and interface type.
>I bought a wd about 2 years ago and it failed right after it was out of
>warranty. I confirmed it with their utility.
>My machine has plenty of juice, antec 500w ps.
Are these drives sufficiently cooled? It seems you have an
abnormally high failure rate, but then again we don't know
the total population as you only mention the ones that fail
and a couple Cheetahs.
Since the other drive failed right after the warranty, and
this drive is failing right at a year, it would seem you're
jinxed. Perhaps a Seagate Barracuda with 5 year warranty is
a good idea.