hard drive failed

The new hard drive just failed S.M.A.R.T.; “Seek Error Rate” dropped below the threshold. Even SeaTools (Seagate’s diagnostic software) says the drive is bad. I guess I get to find out if the Express RMA I paid extra for actually works :). I ran the Long test on the drive and it only reported one recoverable error, and I’ve manged to copy all of the data back off the drive, so all things considered I was quite lucky (I hate restoring from backups).

In hindsight, I think this was a shipping problem. The drive arrived in a box full of packing peanuts, but placed at the very bottom corner of the box (instead of in a nice pillowy nest of peanuts). It was almost certainly damaged in transit as the shipping box was knocked around.

“Proper” shipping insurance, including Express RMA, only cost me a couple of bucks more than the basic insurance; I’m glad I paid the extra!

posted at 11:49 pm on Friday, February 23, 2007 in Personal | Comments Off on hard drive failed

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