[rescue] limited shelf life of hard drives ?
Curtis H. Wilbar Jr.
rescue at hawkmountain.net
Tue May 2 22:27:52 CDT 2006
On Tue, 2006-05-02 at 23:00, Don Y wrote:
> Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> > OK... now this is just plain weird...
> > Today marks the second system in 3ish months I've powered up after
> > sitting fo 6-12 months... and the hard drives in both are dead !
> > The 9G 10K WD enterprise SCSI drive in the PC has media errors and
> > has hosed the FAT32 filesystem... I can probably at least recover
> > what little data I need off that one.
> > The 8.4G Seagate ATA drive in my Ultra 10 (which has less than a
> > few hundred hours of use on it), won't even initialize... it spins
> > up... want's to read whatever it has to read to 'position' the heads/etc
> > to go 'ready'... and makes a horrible noise as it tries.... after
> > trying several times it goes 'nope... I'm toast, have a nice day'.
> > (and when I put it in the U10, it was a new (I think remanufactured)
> > drive from Seagate).
> > WTF ?
> > How many of the upteen drives I've had not spinning on a shelf for
> > 2 yrs are going to be dead now ? are the voice coil magnets slowly
> > deteriorating the recording on the platters if they are left not
> > moving for a long time ? or what ? This makes no sense.
> > Anyone experience this sort of problem before ?
> > I bet if I pull my old Micropolis 600Meg 5.25" full height drives out
> > of Storage, or my 1.3G Seagate Elites... that they'll spin up after
> > the 6-8 or more years they have been idle and access every last bit
> > stored on them.... yet the crap they make today dies if not used !?
> Where have you had the drives stored? (i.e. ambient conditions)
In the house... temps from 65-90ish depending on time of year...
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