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Michael West

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Troublesome Drive...Not Dead
« on: January 02, 2021, 04:04:51 pm »

I drive I had assumed to have bought the farm after  power outages nearly  a year ago...is alive.

the disk disappeared from my desktop....the tiny blue...  power light...refused to light   I assumed the drive had bought the farm.

i I had. after the power failure ..removed the usb cable...assuming the drive was gone..and hd plnned on boxing up the old drive...

Id always thought that when power indicators did "not light up " that  piece of equipment had no power


this afternoon  i re established the connection with the same cable.. 



Voila | the power light returnedand so did a few thousand photographs .

a wonderful way to start  new year

 
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Re: Troublesome Drive...Not Dead
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2021, 04:52:02 pm »

Congratulations on your New Year's present.  I would suggest that you copy the files from the resurected drive to a drive that you know is sound/newer.  In my experience when drives start to have "issues" they only get worse and obviously can ultimately fail completely.
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Re: Troublesome Drive...Not Dead
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2021, 07:27:42 pm »

Congratulations! And please do heed MDL_SD's advice.
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Re: Troublesome Drive...Not Dead
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2021, 09:23:40 am »

Yes, no reason to keep a flaky disk when you can get a 2 TB disk for $60. I just bought 4 of these to upgrade my backup scheme.
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Re: Troublesome Drive...Not Dead
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2021, 09:54:38 am »

At the moment you have a new harddisk it is a good thing to do some testing before you are going to use it.
A program like Softraid ( mac) writes and reads the entire disk 3 times and does some searches. This process takes sometimes more than a day to complete.
As you can imagine the HD-manufacturer has no time/money to do such a test before shipping. I already had to replace some faulty new disks.
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2021, 08:22:15 pm »

The only thing you can assume with hard disks is that at some stage they will fail. A rugged backup system is essential.

I have some disks that do strange things. Some are as simple as the power connector is flaky or the the USB is flaky. Pull it out and put it back and it is fine. It may just be a dirty connector.
I have a 3TB drive that will not work in my Drobo. I pull it out, put it in a housing and format it in different file systems and test it and it passes every test. Put it back in the Drobo and it immediately fails.
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