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> Eight Ways To Kill Your HDD, About what NOT to do to prolong HDD life

kokwei2004
post Apr 19 2010, 01:33 PM
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Hmmm, I never on my laptop for more than 4days. Whats the temp of your laptop? Any side-effect during restart.. Whats the temp of the RAM?
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post Apr 29 2010, 04:11 PM
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Sorry, ive done a search on this thread already, so Im gonna ask as a last resort: Any tools to check the physical integrity of the HDD and return a log of the check? Chkdisk of windows doesnt really give you a report, it just checks and repairs. not what i want.
thanks for hearing me out.
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post May 12 2010, 11:20 AM
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is that use too much of bit torrent will harm the hard disk ?
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post May 12 2010, 03:30 PM
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Try using Hiren Tools ( HDD Generator )....... Its useful to check HDD for bad sector & errors.
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post May 17 2010, 01:54 AM
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Pardon my post that is OT, but here are some methods to kill your hard disk

1. Using Active Kill Disk, even for just Zero Fill or worse any of the "utter erasure" formatting methods that it proposes, on your Hard Disk and then suddenly shutting down your PC while it is still formatting and has not yet completed the task... So erstwhile make sure your PC's operation will not be interrupted while undergoing such use of this otherwise excellent software... Unless one wishes to literally kill his/her Hard Disk.

2. Exposing it to high G's, example is 1G or more, such as dropping them from some height.

3. Using your Hard Disks on a 12V rail that provides inadequate amperage, over some period of time.

And so on, and so forth...
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post May 17 2010, 05:15 PM
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QUOTE(beelze @ May 17 2010, 01:54 AM)
Pardon my post that is OT, but here are some methods to kill your hard disk

1. Using Active Kill Disk, even for just Zero Fill or worse any of the "utter erasure" formatting methods that it proposes, on your Hard Disk and then suddenly shutting down your PC while it is still formatting and has not yet completed the task... So erstwhile make sure your PC's operation will not be interrupted while undergoing such use of this otherwise excellent software... Unless one wishes to literally kill his/her Hard Disk.

2. Exposing it to high G's, example is 1G or more, such as dropping them from some height.

3. Using your Hard Disks on a 12V rail that provides inadequate amperage, over some period of time.

And so on, and so forth...
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u miss any zero?
1G is the normal condition yo

also the G value varies according to the condition of the hdd
plugged/operating hdd is more fragile
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post May 18 2010, 06:40 PM
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y my ext hdd once plug in, i open it, terus windows explorer stop working.. can anyone help ?
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post May 23 2010, 05:19 AM
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uh oh sounds like dead external HDD already wen_loong7, that was also the response of my 500GB Maxtor External Hard Drive last year when it already died on me. Might be only, though, not actually confirming it's dead yet as i have not seen it.
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post May 23 2010, 01:35 PM
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QUOTE(wen_loong7 @ May 18 2010, 06:40 PM)
y my ext hdd once plug in, i open it, terus windows explorer stop working.. can anyone help ?
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I also think it's time for you to sent your HDD to repair (if possible). The reason windows explorer 'hang' is because it can't access the data in your faulty HDD and the process keep looping over and over again. I think. hmm.gif
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post May 24 2010, 01:15 AM
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cool thread. i suppose i did a few of them before. but thankfully it hasn't spoilt yet. i'll keep note of it smile.gif
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post May 24 2010, 01:22 AM
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Vibrations, Mortal Enemies of HDDs

Less dramatic but likewise common is the drumming on a somewhat fragile desk or bouncing of objects like bouncing balls of computer cases or simply hitting the case with the vacuum cleaner. This kind of scenario can cause vibrations that are the worst possible scenario for any HDD. If a drive can sustain a shock of 30-50G, the tolerance towards vibrations is usually only 1% of the shock tolerance. Typical values are in the order of 0.5-0.7G. It is happening every day. Transporting systems back and forth to LAN parties falls into the same category, in cases like that I always remove the HDD and transport it separately.

2 pm today, i just dropped my hdd 40gb.. k.o liao.. haha..
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post May 24 2010, 11:42 AM
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QUOTE(besiegetank @ May 23 2010, 01:35 PM)
I also think it's time for you to sent your HDD to repair (if possible). The reason windows explorer 'hang' is because it can't access the data in your faulty HDD and the process keep looping over and over again. I think.  hmm.gif
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post May 29 2010, 03:42 PM
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Hah, I've once killed my hdd. its thru heavy multitasking. i mean very heavy.

at that time 3 operation is going on:
1) video encoding of a 720p movie (dun remember what movie)
2) downloading thru torrent
3) my fren streaming video from my pc thru LAN

suddenly the video encoding freezes, my frens video streaming crashes, followed by a scent of freshly baked potato. i looked up to the lampu kalimantang and scream in despair. i thought my cpu or ram got fried. but the hdd was the sacrifice instead. 300+ gigs of media is gone...
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post Jun 1 2010, 09:42 AM
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QUOTE(jinggothegreat @ May 29 2010, 03:42 PM)
Hah, I've once killed my hdd. its thru heavy multitasking. i mean very heavy.

at that time 3 operation is going on:
1) video encoding of a 720p movie (dun remember what movie)
2) downloading thru torrent
3) my fren streaming video from my pc thru LAN

suddenly the video encoding freezes, my frens video streaming crashes, followed by a scent of freshly baked potato. i looked up to the lampu kalimantang and scream in despair. i thought my cpu or ram got fried. but the hdd was the sacrifice instead. 300+ gigs of media is gone...
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Did you monitor the temperature of your HDD while you doing those multitasking?Perhaps it can give you a warning to stop.
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post Jun 6 2010, 01:57 PM
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QUOTE(besiegetank @ Jun 1 2010, 09:42 AM)
Did you monitor the temperature of your HDD while you doing those multitasking?Perhaps it can give you a warning to stop.
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hmm...interesting
i hv 1 wd 640
when transferring data...if it gets too hot it'll simply 'disconnected' from the pc
what i mean is there'll b usb notice saying new hardware is found, as if i've unplugged n replugged the usb connector
is this some sort of safety mechanism of the hdd?
happens many times to b considered s coincidence
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post Jun 7 2010, 12:19 PM
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QUOTE(Hiwatari @ Jun 6 2010, 01:57 PM)
hmm...interesting
i hv 1 wd 640
when transferring data...if it gets too hot it'll simply 'disconnected' from the pc
what i mean is there'll b usb notice saying new hardware is found, as if i've unplugged n replugged the usb connector
is this some sort of safety mechanism of the hdd?
happens many times to b considered s coincidence
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I'm not so sure for your case but for mine, when my external HDD started disconnecting from the pc from time to time, it means they will suffer failure later on. Time to backup the data inside.
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Is it means the hdd is about time
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post Jul 5 2010, 02:48 AM
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QUOTE(jinggothegreat @ May 29 2010, 03:42 PM)
Hah, I've once killed my hdd. its thru heavy multitasking. i mean very heavy.

at that time 3 operation is going on:
1) video encoding of a 720p movie (dun remember what movie)
2) downloading thru torrent
3) my fren streaming video from my pc thru LAN

suddenly the video encoding freezes, my frens video streaming crashes, followed by a scent of freshly baked potato. i looked up to the lampu kalimantang and scream in despair. i thought my cpu or ram got fried. but the hdd was the sacrifice instead. 300+ gigs of media is gone...
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a bit scary regarding your case.. as my p.c normally act a server for my housemate to watch movie and video..

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post Aug 25 2010, 09:46 PM
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thanks 4 da info,, icon_rolleyes.gif
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post Aug 31 2010, 06:43 PM
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Hello,

Thanks for giving the great information about the Hard Disk, really it was awesome.

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