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  # 2132229 22-Nov-2018 20:44
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Back 4 years ago when I built my first PC I could install Windows


Spent about an hour trying to figure out why, checking if the PSU was working, tried different RAM slots, tried without GPU, ...


Then I finally tried swapping the SATA cable, turns out the first SATA cable was DOA

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  # 2132231 22-Nov-2018 20:46
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The 1997 Iomega Parallel Port Zip Drive: worst $345 I've ever spent in my life. And the class action lawsuit against Iomega only applied to North American buyers.


On a brighter note, when one of my secondary HDDs started issuing SMART failure warnings - the only HDD failure I've ever had came to pass in recent years - I had enough space on another secondary HDD to dump all the necessary data before the stricken HDD broke down for good.


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  # 2132266 22-Nov-2018 21:10
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On a boxing day driving through I think Matamata and going to the local DSE to grab a crappy house brand 16 GB microSD for something like 60 bucks. That's the worst overpriced data storage purchase from someone in their early 20s!

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  # 2132300 22-Nov-2018 21:21
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I waited until largeish SSDs became affordable then got a Crucial MX200 250gb. Always used to put PC to sleep to avoid slow startup, now generally shut down every time. Night and Day for startup...

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  # 2132305 22-Nov-2018 21:46
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If this can be put in a macbook pro mid 2014, 13inch retina... then I really need it!


Have been living with the "your diskspace is low" and latley you disk space has run out messages. 


By living with, I think it has gone on for more than a year or two....   





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Master Geek

  # 2132311 22-Nov-2018 22:23
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Just that my wife rolls her eyes every time i buy a hard drive, l’ve slowly been replacing disks with SSDs’s and bigger sized spining drives, she says for the life of her she just can not understand why i‘m always buying hard drives.

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  # 2132314 22-Nov-2018 22:52
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My horror story is my SSD failing long enough to destroy the OS but working when going in for a warranty repair, needless to say a different SSD is now being used for the fresh install.


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  # 2132316 22-Nov-2018 23:17
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I secured a job at the brand new NZ satellite office of an established overseas firm. We had no onsite IT, and thus we often acted as remote hands for our overseas IT dept. 


Shortly after installing a fileserver for the office, we were asked to purchase a whole lot of consumer grade external hard drives from a local shop for the nightly backups. These sat on a shelf in the rack and every day, before going home, a nominated staff member would go into the server room and swap the USB and power cables over to the drive labelled with that particular day of the week on the front. 


We also contracted a security company to store a drive off-site in a vault and to visit us in their armoured van once a fortnight to swap the offsite hard drive. This worked very well for a couple of years, but then the USB connector broke on one of the drives from all the plugging and unplugging. We reported this issue to IT who responded that they no longer used the drives and had wiped them after adopting a cloud based backup solution. 


It turned out that our staff (and the expensive man in the armoured van) had been diligently swapping blank hard drives for just over a year!

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  # 2132321 22-Nov-2018 23:54
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Just 2 weeks ago one of the drives in my NAS had a "catastrophic head crash" (to quote the data recovery specialist...). I did make a backup of most of it, but I had become a bit lazy with the file organisation and wasn't doing regular backups so I can't positively say whether the backup has everything of importance or not... some parts were knowingly not backed up, which sucks, and I know I will have missed something that was meant to be backed up. In some ways the hardest part is not knowing.


Much funnier story about storage is the time I tried to transfer 30MB on 3.5" floppy disks. Split-zipping it took forever, and then extracting it at school you just know it failed on disk 14 or so...

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# 2132323 23-Nov-2018 00:37
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thanks for invite to go into draw for this awesome price.


My horror story is I was new with pc and software 10 years ago when my windows would not start I try to use system disk to fix windows but instead I formatted and deleted all our last 3 years worth of family fotos and turns out our mechanic hard drive had failed and even after paying to recover pictures by specialist most of them were not recovered ;/. and this is my horror story 

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  # 2132324 23-Nov-2018 01:33
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When my PS3 HDD died I lost all of my game saves. A significant portion of them were from RPGs, of which I had spent many hours playing. I didn't have a PS+ subscription, so unfortunately I had no cloud save backup.

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  # 2132336 23-Nov-2018 06:30
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I thought NAS were safe as..... Well after moving all the families accumulated, photos, videos, music, tax and money info etc. etc to it and using it for 2 years our QNAP TS-212P with 2 3Tb WD red HDD failed.


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Managed to login and it said one of disks had failed or was about too. Tried all sorts of suggested "fixes" but na. Ended up doing hot install of one of the disks couldn't see which one was IDed as "faulty" as NAS boot randomly chooses which is disk 1 or 2!???? By hot I mean hot with taking off the cover and unscrewing drive then installing while NAS running. It did work and it rebuilt the RAID.


But guess what, as I was cleaning out cupboard with NAS in it I knocked power cord out of back of it and now......


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Lesson ===== secure power cord in back of NAS and/or better still have a UPS ORRRR use a 1TB SSD ;)

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Master Geek

  # 2132373 23-Nov-2018 08:30
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Divine Timing! I think so :-)


19 Nov 2018 my computer dies. Helpful Geekzone comrades inform me it's the Hard Drive dying or worse, already Dead. Total panic ensures in my barely computer literate head. Thank god I kept this old laptop for emergencies just like this.


20 Nov 2018 Geekzone launch new competition giving away flash new Hard Drive that would blow my mind. Assuming that divine timing will indeed precipitate my winning this sought after piece of kit, I just need to secure all the other components that go into making a new computer and I'll be right, as the proverbial rain, that has FINALLY !!! stopped falling here in Dunedin ;-)

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  # 2132376 23-Nov-2018 08:35
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I'm just going to post for the fun...


I used to keep my photos etc in 2 places - back in 2011 this was at work and at home on my home server (which was an old MacBook running Linux). I thought my plan was foolproof having my content backed up to a total of 2 drives in 2 different locations.


Boy was I wrong. Bring on February 22nd when a large earthquake rocked Christchurch. This caused stuff to fall on my home server (which was, under something quite heavy but was shaken out of the way) falling directly on the laptop ruining it, and all the data on it. But my work computer had stuff fallen on it too causing drive shock to my backup drive. All my photos - gone.


I couldn't get the data recovered, I didn't have $1000's of dollars to spend to maybe recover this data. I just had to let it all go. I lost many years of family photos.


Bring on today - My data is stored both on my home server (which has a raid array) and also Google Drive and several other cloud providers. Anything more important is stored on a Raspberry Pi at my parents place also with SSD storage. Not going to ever take that risk again. I can safely wipe anything and bring all the data back with no issues.


I learnt the hard way but I'm sure glad I did.

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  # 2132412 23-Nov-2018 09:21
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I had an 8 year old SAN at work with numerous nodes in several clusters.  One of these clusters had many disks in predictive failure state, and of course the nodes were out of main support and into extended support.  I tried to get buy-in to replace the nodes many many times by highlighting the risks to management, but it was never important enough since it was still "working".  Cut to an Easter long weekend and the cluster failed.  Not just one node, but 3.  Enough drives failed in each node to kill the parity so the content was not recoverable by just replacing the faulty drives.  This kicked off about 2 months of data recovery from archived tapes....some of which were also discovered to be faulty because we hadn't tested restores in a long time - another risk I'd raised many, MANY times.  


The end result here - all projects went on hold for 2 months, all BAU was impacted SEVERELY because guess what was on the cluster in question - all org documentation!  All shared drives with all documentation - gone!  Poof!  


This accelerated a move to cloud storage which was being piloted at the time.  Docs were restored to the cloud storage instead of locally, with no thought put into structure or security or latency or ANYTHING.  It became the defacto document management system which was basically just a massive bucket that all docs were dumped into, and each team had to figure their own mess out without any support because all people resources were swamped with just keeping BAU going.  


That took about 5 years to fully recover from and get out of the defacto cloud storage into something structured and properly governed.  



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