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ytareh
01-27-2010, 01:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i4mz-8cSQs

Not my video but exact same sound.

ytareh
01-27-2010, 02:15 PM
Took the b**** out of the small plastic casing and connected it to my PC with sata and power cables instead of the USBs ...same noise...assuming its dead ...I have never had a hard drive fail in almost a decade (more!)and now TWO have gone in as many months .One was a Seagate 1TB external I had taken out the hdd from and was using as an internal .This was a Maxtor 2.5" 250GB ....Disgusted ...How many backups are you meant to have to 'stay safe'!?

ytareh
01-27-2010, 02:28 PM
http://www.dclstore.co.uk/imag...02503egd101-rk-l.jpg (http://www.dclstore.co.uk/images/products/maxtor-basics-portable-hard-drive-250gb-hi-speed-stm902503egd101-rk-l.jpg)

Heres the offending article.Paid about 80-90 quid in PC World for it ...cant find receipt and probably over a year old anyway .Good job I have all my music on triple copies...I was just thinking how much handier than USB pen drives these small external hdds are this evening .Dont know what to replace it with now .Anyone recommend a GOOD RELIABLE external HDD?

WhiteSnake_76
01-27-2010, 04:09 PM
Think your HDD head hit the disk mate.

Anyway, if you want a good External HDD build your own.

Buy an External HDD case and a HDD, i would get a 3.5 inch model because there usualy cheaper and come with an external powersuply and usualy got an On/Off switch, so turn it Off wen your not using it.

Oh, and Always put in in a safe place where you cant knock it over easly ;p

x6BL_Brando
01-27-2010, 07:37 PM
I have a 30Gb 2.5" Hitachi Travelstar in a brushed alu casing that I purchased about 8 years ago. It has a soft leather wallet that I carry it in and it only functions via USB 1.1 - and I can't break it!
It's been sat on, left in the sun, and dropped from table to floor more times than I care to remember. It even got dropped on the pavement once but it still marches on. I always thought Hitachi were unreliable but this little booger just keeps on trucking.....

KG26_Alpha
01-28-2010, 01:14 AM
Hehe same here Brando Western Digital 250GB Scorpio 250gb 2.5" sata in a case with leather pouch for my important mobile backup.

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">ytareh</span>
Don't what it is about large capacity external HD's but they don't survive as well as a static units in a PC, they probably don't like being handled when powered up, any knocks and bumps can cause as NDS stated the condition where the disk hits the head on the actuator arm and its toast.

Just for fun here's an arty cutaway showing how fragile they can be http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Check out the link "Griff Wason" has some nice images there including some stunning aero stuff .
http://www.griffwason.com/gwai_hdd.htm

http://www.griffwason.com/images/GriffWason_HardDiskDrive-Exploded-Cutaway-illustration.jpg

WhiteSnake_76
01-28-2010, 05:38 AM
Old HDD look the same basicly but only hold a fraction of the space and are 100 times bigger, we have a bunch of those at work.

Anyway i got 3 External HDD, one for each computer and back some stuff up to atleast 2 External HDD to be safe.
Had a lightning strike nearby once that send a powersurge over the Cable conection frying everything that was conected to the cable.
Same for the rest of the street also.