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Done with Western Digital

By onesmartidiot
Jan 5, 2008
  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,967   +955

    Dont forget the.....

    "Death Star", or was that "Desk Star". At the end of the day, it seems backing up frequently and well is the best drive that money can buy.
     
  2. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 524

    I've personally never had any luck with Maxtor or Western Digital Drives either, I just recently replaced a failed western digital 40gb drive with a new 80gb seagate drive and it works like a charm.
     
  3. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    2 silver 80 gigs

    1 black 120
     
  4. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    my rant continues!

    holy cow my wd320 gig that is less than 6 months is already giving me boot disk errors!


    ahh

    and it does it at the worst possible times too. I took the tower into school so we could export and swap files for our video competition (which was due that day).

    The machine turned on, then when i looked at it later (after xp loaded the first time) it had restarted and was on a boot disk error.

    i restarted it 15 or 20 times until i was sooo pissed i punched it.

    Guess what... it turned on and worked perfectly the rest of the day.... until we moved it to another class (the judgeing was done in that room) we had to leave or else we were disqualified.

    then it did the same thing, 20 restarts later i punched the top... then it worked perfectly.

    I know this probably isnt good on my componets, but thats the only way it will work after you move it.

    keep in mind im not dragging, sliding, or dropping it at any point.

    next time I take it in to renew my 3d license from the server, im going to take the hdd out and ride with it between my legs or something.... this is rediculous

    i carry a wd passport 120 gigger with me everyday for 2 years, it has had a rough life and works perfectly (until i unplugged it "unsafely" from a windows 2000 machine.... woah)


    this is about the 10th time the 320 has done this, at first i thought i was transporting it too "rough"... so i took an old luggage case, wrapped it in a blanket with pillows and put it in my trunk.

    still does it.

    This is an hdd issue right? i listened to the drive thru a screwdriver and didnt hear any repetitive clicking....


    i wonder how SDD drives are coming along, seems like a good investment at this point...

    I am still looking into a raid (copy) set of seagate 500's... maybe ill make them esata so i can take them off for a car trip....
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,482   +233

    My first guess would be that the SATA cable might have come loose slightly during transportation and the jolt you gave it reconnected it for the time being.
     
  6. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    i thought the same.

    but both the power and ide was solid. in both the wd and dvd burner.

    and in the bios, it didn't even see the first master port

    Bios below

    IDE MASTER 1 <blank>
    IDE SLAVE 1 BENQsomethinsomethin

    it seemed to have the same symptoms of the other wd's that my computers wouldnt recognize.


    it was funny because some geek in my class was acting hard "give me a screwdriver, ill do a hard reset" and he was b.s'in what he was really doing... at which point i punched the crap out of it... and it worked lol
     
  7. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The SDD driver are horribly expensive, and not yet for prime time... relatively untested.
    Consider the Seagate 250, 500, and 750 drives with the five year warranty.
     
  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Have you run any of the makers diagnostics on the drive? Don't be too quick to condemn them!
    It is not unusual for a drive to have some bad sectors and if these are stable this is OK. I have seen drives last for years like this.
    Thumping the case to get it to is as Mailpup said likely to be a connection issue - I recommend taking it all to bits and putting it back together again. 10:1 that will sort it out.
     
  9. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    yeah i ran a wd diag disc that i downloaded a few months ago. When the computer reconized the drive, wd diag found nothing wrong with it.

    the other 5 times i started it up, the software said a drive couldnt be located.

    ive tried a new ide cable also, they arent coming loose. the drive just goes invisible to the system after transport.

    the bios can halfway see the drive, because it dosent say not connected or anything. It tries to load info from the hdd and cant get any.
     
  10. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Before throwing the thing away, just see if it works on another machine, perhaps?
     
  11. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Posts: 119

    i think its just about luck i mean i have had the wd raptor for well 4 yrs and have had the 150gb hd which both had not have any issues at all. but seagate is very cool and work well with no fuss at all as i have had one fore 9 years now and i used it to install xp...
     
     
  12. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    woah slow your roll, i never throw technology away.

    especailly something that still halfway works lol. i just dont understand how 3.5inch drives seem to not like travel, but notebook 2.5 drives work fine after being tossed around in a bag..

    should i start buying 2.5 inchers for my pc's ? lol

    they rarely move, but ill do anything to prepare for it :p (whn the budget is there)
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    People starting buying Western Digital drives because they were cheaper than other brands. Seagate holds the top desktop brand, and their laptop drives are not bad either. I have an external 100GB Seagate laptop drive Velcroed to my full tower computer case as a backup device
     
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,647   +323

    Thats just incredibly bad luck onesmart*****, either that or you have ghosts dropping your machines from a few inches up while they are running.

    I'd trust my data on a WD over a Maxtor, yes I know seagate/maxtor. Just that maxtor name scares the hell out of me (I've had a few fail).
     
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    Yes SNGX1275,
    Maxtor has a 2-year warranty, Seagate has a 5-year warranty. I just RMA'd a SATA 320GB Maxtor that crapped out after only 2 months. Seagate is sending me a new one. I didn't buy the Maxtor. I removed it from a system I was repairing. I replaced it with a Seagate drive. I will put the replacement Maxtor in my system as extra storage
     
  16. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714

    Sorry to argue - if it is halfway working then it is half unreliable so I would THROW IT AWAY!
     
  17. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    or its halfway nice to have around, experiment with diff os's.... or use it to hold useless crap...

    like my buddies rap music..haha
     
  18. porsche911r

    porsche911r TS Rookie Posts: 119

    LOL i soooo agree with albert because ur messinbg with a hd here nt a gpu or somthing ur messing with UR DATA
     
  19. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    not my data, my buddies data lol

    and if you read through this whole thing, youll find i will use it to play with.

    not rely on...

    i will probably format it 7 or so times, then exchange it with wd on their 3 year warranty or w/e.
     
  20. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,985   +168

    I have 2 older 80GB Western Digital (WD0800 model) drives attached to my system now and they both have a metalized hi-pitched whine that is driving me crazy... although they are working fine. This whine is very common with WD drives in general. Go Seagate! I just RMA'd a 320GB Maxtor under warranty and Seagate gave me a Seagate 400GB drive in it's place
     
  21. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    OneSmart*****: We have a great number of international visitors of at least a dozen languages, and learners, visiting this site.
    It would be helpful if you could write your replies and comments in plain English so as to promote understanding for those who struggle with the language.
    Thanks.
     
  22. onesmartidiot

    onesmartidiot TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 168

    sorry, i will do my best to leave text "slang" out of my replies.
     
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