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#1 macotac

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:42 PM

I have lost 3 hard drives in 9 months. Western Dig 240gig(relaced the first 80 gig oem) Inspirion 6000,2 gig ram.
What could be causing this? The oem drive lasted 8 years,the new Western Dig lasted 3 mos and 6 mos. Is there a condition in the machine that could cause this?




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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:53 PM

only component to check would be the power supply. Erratic voltages may have caused it.
test:
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/learn-to-troubleshoot-power-supply-problems/1041735

and it may be that the two WD's were duds. It happens.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:04 PM

Yeah has to be the power supply. I'm surprised your HD's were the only things that fried.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 09:57 PM

What are the symptoms?
Did you test the drives with WDDiag?
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:03 AM

What are the symptoms?
Did you test the drives with WDDiag?


That is my question too, I have to ask that as I've seen users that decided the hard drive was bad because it couldn't boot.

What could kill the drive........

Several things since it is a laptop,
Sitting there drumming your fingers on the top on the side of the laptop where the drive is mounted.
SSDs BTW are immune to that since there are no moving parts.
Buying refurbs rather than new.
Dropping the laptop.

From here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html

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Edited by rotor123, 06 March 2012 - 11:05 AM.

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