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  # 2141227 7-Dec-2018 15:54
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External drives were reeeeaaaallly expensive back in the day so I bought a bare drive and a cheap, sleek case for it. All went well, moved my music and documents over to it so XP had 40% free space instead of 5%.
Over time I got lazy and left it on instead of only switching on when the music or documents were needed.
Then, Nek minute, drive starts clicking and appears to have cooked itself to death as it was very hot. No fans of course.
Learned my lesson on that one.
I would love this to put into a new build I am doing in the new year.

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  # 2141316 7-Dec-2018 21:57
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My story was pretty simple - back in the bad old days, my first computer (I'm not sure if I'm showing my age positively or negatively here) had a Celeron 333Mhz and a 6GB Bigfoot 5.25" HDD. It got to the point where I was constantly uninstalling stuff to make space. Then, I managed to get enough pocket money and convince my mum I needed a newer PC, and with a lot of help, put together an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ system, with a whopping 120GB HDD. It was fantastic, right up until I learned what the click of death was, exactly 1 month out of warranty :(
Seagates RMA policies were (and I still reckon are) pretty awful, so sadly I just had to settle for having a sad and dead hard drive.


Terrifying to think that the 120GB drive was impressive, given what's in the average system these days.

Anything I say is the ramblings of an ill informed, opinionated so-and-so, and not representative of any of my past, present or future employers, and is also probably best disregarded.


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  # 2141604 8-Dec-2018 14:07
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My life doesn't exist before I turned 18. I lost all my photos, etc from my last year of high school, personal emails and everything I'd done up to that point thanks to a bung drive and not understanding correct redundancy. If I close my eyes, I can still hear that drive clicking now. 

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  # 2143074 11-Dec-2018 11:31
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Composed a PS script at a business I worked for that would delete all items older than 30 days inside the "\share\scans" folder (where the scanner would dump all the files.


Testing enviroment perfect, transpose the script to the live folder and forgot to add \scans to the source location. Needless to say it did its job perfectly and deleted everything in the \share (yep, had recurse on) and lost around 15GB of data. 


Not worried at the time as I could just restore from backups.......Nope, previous CIO (left 2 previously) had disabled the backup of that share in order to reduce costs...........

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  # 2144450 12-Dec-2018 19:31
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I had my whole uni assignment on my USB, but when I went to print it to hand it in it was gone and the whole drive was corrupted. I was so gutted and have never trusted them again!!

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# 2145090 13-Dec-2018 21:10
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I don't really need a 1TB M.2 SSD. But if I had one to go in my suspiciously empty M.2 slot, I wouldn't need a desktop case as much...



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134,217,728 KiB aught to be enough for anybody! bah.

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  # 2145117 13-Dec-2018 22:43
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Received a call at 1am in the morning, asked to look at a failed SAN.  The back plane had failed.  The one component that we were assured couldn’t fail.


There were two Arrays attached only one array failed, fortunately.  The failed array contained only shared data, fortunately this was replicated. So, no data loss.





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  # 2145125 13-Dec-2018 23:36
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A few years ago I was transferring pictures from an old drive to a new drive. I accidentally knocked the sub cable of the old drive. This not only interrupted the transferring caused the drive went into a failed state! Still not so sure sure how toto avoid this but whenever I need to transfer files I lock the kids out just in case.

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  # 2145392 14-Dec-2018 15:36
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Working helpdesk in education years ago we had a tutor approach us wanting help with a USB drive that wasn't opening.  It contained the only copy of her thesis, and there was nothing we could do to recover the data.  She learned a valuable and expensive lesson that day about having important files in multiple places.





GregV has confirmed his address so this prize will be going out soon...

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  # 2145441 14-Dec-2018 16:49
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Woohoo!  Thanks Mauricio and Crucial!

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