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    Impending Hardrive Failure...

    I recently bought a 300Gb Western Digital hard drive, last friday in fact, and since the moment it arrived, its been nothing but trouble.

    Having spent whole days investigating the problem, trying out different cables setting it to master, having it on its own on the IDE channel, giving it's own rail of power from the PSU, defragging, running numerous registry cleaning and defragging tools, I've finally decided that the hard drive is at fault.

    Having turned on S.M.A.R.T. in the BIOS it transpires that the hard drive in question is in fact on its last legs, how can this be though, I've had it literally for only days and this happens?


    I'm obviously going to make a claim for an RMA as from day one it was acting...suspect, loud abrupt clicking noises, complete haults for several seconds etc. all tell tell signs of a dying hard drive, right?

    Needless to say, an image is being copied over to another hard drive as I type this...


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    Forgot the image of the S.M.A.R.T. data..

    P.S.S
    I'd also like to point out that I more than know my fair share about computer hardware and am aware that S.M.A.R.T. can be woefully inaccurate but its backed up by the symptoms I have outlined above, I wonder what y'all think though...

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    Ever get one of those nasty black shriveled beans in a nice can of heinz? Same thing, eventually your gonna get bitten by a new piece of faulty hardware.

    As for S.M.A.R.T it can be incredibly useful. Or a waste of time. It all depends on how it's feeling.

    A powercut (read that as massive rapid flickering of power on/off before going out) severely damaged quite a bit of my hardware, including a HD. After much tinkering, i discovered that with a inclination of about a inch on one corner, it would work, but certain area's on the HD had to be avoided or it would instantly die. S.M.A.R.T indicated that everything was totally fine.

    Other times it has told me of imminent failure at bootup, which was totally accurate. (IBM Deathstar.. not pretty).

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    Just like any other mechanical device, it can die or be faulty out of the box. It's actually good that it's happened this early (means it's a true fault, and not just dying after the warranty), and you shouldn't have any problems RMAing it.

    It happens to everything mechanical - fans, engines, whatever - just a small manufacturing fault or a City-Link kick-a-bout victim.

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    Well, I've copied the data that was on this hard drive onto another hard drive now, so I'm just wiping it clean; proper clean now.

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