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Bit of a result..

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by IThurts, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. IThurts

    IThurts Kilobyte Poster

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    :biggrin

    in re to my faulty drive....i rang pcspecialists (people who made my pc for me) and they advised that they would send me a replacement drive FOC. So should be here by Wednesday!!

    Bit of a result i thought. So they want the faulty drive back so they can return it to Western Digital, and ill keep the new one :)

    Cool i thought.

    Now the only thing that remains is to make sure i dont aquire a bad sector again :x
     
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  2. Fergal1982

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    unfortunately, thats a part of life. Bad sectors emerge over time. Hell, a lot of new drives can have a couple of bad sectors from the word go.

    Nice one on the freebie though.
     
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  3. IThurts

    IThurts Kilobyte Poster

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    Yea, the faulty drive i have now has ONE bad sector ie; 1 cube out of about 1000!

    I acknowledge you said bad sectors emerge over time, however how do i make sure i minimalise this to extend the lifespan? Which type of software/scan can i use? I guess tools from the Ultimate boot CD could be ideal?Disk cleaners?

    cheers.
     
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  4. Fergal1982

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    to be honest, im not really sure. I never do any of that stuff with my rig.
     
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  5. hbroomhall

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    The main way to increase the life of a drive is to not let it get too hot.

    Some designs of case don't really properly cater for airflow round the drives.

    Harry.
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    fair point. I use this case. The bottom section is separated from the main section of the enclosure. PSU at the back draws the air in from the front, and over the HDD's (4 in my setup currently), through the PSU, and out. The main section has (in my case) a fan clipped to the upper drive bay (you can only attach a fan if you arent using drives in that bay) drawing air in, and the two fans at the top rear draws the air up and back.

    Seems to do quite well.
     
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  7. Phoenix
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    Wow
    I don't think bad sectors have been an issue for me since the days of non journalled file systems
    Are they still that big of a deal?
     
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  8. IThurts

    IThurts Kilobyte Poster

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    Well they are for me...:cry:

    I only have like a little bad sector in my entire HDD however i guess logic tells me that i should replace to ensure it doesnt get worse eventually.

    However i am chuffed with my freebie:)

    My bad sector could be caused by overheating...i have two drives practically touching each other internally!! Need to give em some space. Thing is..my room itself gets v.hot...so cant really win :(
     
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  9. ThomasMc

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    isn't that what normal formats or chkdsk are for? to my knowledge chkdsk phase 4 marks bad sectors to be avoided
     
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