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  Reply # 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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  Reply # 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.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 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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