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    Would you trust this HDD?

    I came back from a LaN yesterday (possibly my last one ever as i'm selling the gaming computer) and there was a buzzing noise coming from what appears to be my HDDs. Here are my x2 drives and results:

    Your hard disk is a Maxtor 6L300S0 with firmware BANC1G10.
    The average temperature for this hard disk is 36C (MIN=26C MAX=49C) and yours is 30C.



    Your hard disk is a WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 with firmware 31.08F31.
    The average temperature for this hard disk is 32C (MIN=21C MAX=45C) and yours is 32C.



    Testing software is Speed Fan


    Now the WD Raptor looks ok but i'm very concerned about the Maxtor. Should i be writting all my files to DVD as we speak? or rushing to PC world for a backup drive? Looks bad to me!

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    Looks like your maxtors motor is going. That would explain the noise. I recoomend you unplug it and order another HD from scan, if you're really lucky you can copy the data before it fails totally.

    If you have something really important on there move it, but otherwise unplug the power until you can get the data backed and drive replaced.

    In case you missed it; STOP using the drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull
    Looks like your maxtors motor is going. That would explain the noise. I recoomend you unplug it and order another HD from scan, if you're really lucky you can copy the data before it fails totally.

    If you have something really important on there move it, but otherwise unplug the power until you can get the data backed and drive replaced.

    In case you missed it; STOP using the drive


    I do not like maxtor for the noise it contains.

    It is really annoying for a certain point.

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    overheating is a worse problem for maxtor rather than noise.. They're fine when you buy em, but a year or two down the line and they're glowing in the dark.
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    Slagging off a brand doesn't help this guys problem does it? When it comes to all hardware you get what you paid for.

    If you really want reliability, theres plenty of enterprise class stroage solutions available.

    Personally, I run a few maxtors, never had a problem (fast, cool and quiet) and in two years I wont own them, simply because, my terabyte array will not even be considered moderatly large by then.

    A motor can blow out in any drive no matter who made it.

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    I have a few Maxtors in my time and i agree they tend to be the least reliable. I find Seagate's to be superb with good warranty.

    Again, some people have issues with many manufacturers. Pot luck has a lot to do with it too.

    Just make sure you do a backup before something happens and you lose all your stuff.

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    If keept cool, and given no voltage spikes the maxtors will last as long as any other drive. But ok, i hade some bad experiences with them, but this could easily be due to inapropriate shiping and packing. After RMA ing my 120gb Maxtor right after 2 weeks i bought it, the replacement drive have been working without any problem fore probably about 2 to 3 years. But certainly, i have somefans in front of the hdd. But this should be done with any manufacturer. Even Samsung, having recomended and bought since some time - are getting realy hot on the newest sata drives. So to kepp those hdds working, i genereally advice to activrely cool it (could be a silent fan q5 v so noise isn`t the problem).

    But in any way, the mentioned hdd is probably defekt, and i would backup all the data pretty soon. It is always like gambling if you don`t backup important data. All IDE and SATA hdds, which are at a consumer price levvel are pretty cheap build and noth testet that thoroughly than the real expensive professionall devices. Chek the datasheet and immagine 3% failures in on milion hdd`s. Than you know how safe ide storrage is.
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    To answer the question:

    Yes, be worried about that drive.

    Yes, back up the data on DVD, as you sound like that is an option.

    Yes, ordr a new drive and copy the data across.

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