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Master Geek

  # 2131503 22-Nov-2018 08:54
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I've lost count of the number of HDDs I've lost over the years.... the last one was a Seagate 2TB Firecuda. I deliberately spent more money to get the supposedly more reliable model and it failed within 3 months! Thankfully PBTech came to the party with a replacement but lost a whole heap of data. When will I learn?

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131506 22-Nov-2018 09:03
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I was about to throw away my  10-year old laptop due to slow performance but it was saved by a SSD drive.  


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Uber Geek

  # 2131516 22-Nov-2018 09:18
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Back in the 80's I had an IBM AT with a 20MB hard drive. In those days the drive heads didn't automatically park themselves when the power was cut, so it was usual to run a park.exe program to park the heads before shutting off. I forgot to do this one day. The PC was moved (with the drive heads not parked) and this damaged the hard drive platter to the point that it was ruined.


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Master Geek

  # 2131517 22-Nov-2018 09:20
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My father took an HDD I gave him on a motorbike trip around the US. Got an email one day saying he couldn't mount the drive, I figured the vibrations of being on the bike killed it. When he got back to NZ I found it had the click of death, wasn't anything worth paying professionals to recover. Last ditch attempt before I binned it we opened it up and gave the head a nudge just for fun, I knew the chances of recovery were zero once I did that.


Plugged it in the computer and it somehow it worked long enough to get the photos and videos off. 

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131542 22-Nov-2018 09:24
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It wasn't a floppy disc but my dog did eat a 16GB flash drive that was sitting next to my computer. My dinner was sitting next to it so maybe she got confused, I dunno. After an uncomfortable few nights for her the flash drive was "retrieved" cleaned and data removed. It was promptly discarded. One of the few times I'm thankful I didn't take photos smile

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  # 2131616 22-Nov-2018 10:15
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Must have been 1999 or 2000, we had just got a second line for Dad's business, which meant I could actually use the internet after school.


Family friend was decommissioning some old business machines and let me have one of them. My very own computer!


Promptly spent days loading it up with game demos and software from old PC World demo disks from my stash that I had never been allowed to put on Dad's computer. Plus some app that all my friends were using to "listen" to music - some precursor to the Lime scooter craze this month?


Machine was running Windows NT 4.0 and in my forum crawling I found some post about how FAT would allow me more storage room to fit more games on the computer. Promptly said to myself "ok, will turn my user profile to FAT"........


Took me until the next school holidays to visit the friend who helped me rebuild the OS.


Those songs took 4 hours each to get!!



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Uber Geek


  # 2131623 22-Nov-2018 10:25
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No horror story from me either - just another pathetic attempt to pull on the old-fart nostalgia strings. 

I remember the massive main-frame computer that was in use when I was at Auckland Uni in the early 1970’s and how we used to programme it for course-work assignments using pencilled mark-sense cards and Fortran. The bundle of cards would be left in a cardboard box, someone would run them overnight and we’d pick up the output printing in the morning. It had an air-conditioned positive-pressure room full of massive disc drives. When I goggled to find pictures of those old drives, I found this older picture showing an IBM 5MB hard drive being shipped in 1956.


Sometimes I just sit and think. Other times I just sit.


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Master Geek

  # 2131626 22-Nov-2018 10:27
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Years ago, I bought a 2-bay NAS with 2 Seagate Baracuda XT 2TB (which at the time were on the NAS manufacturer's compatibility list) running in RAID1.
After one died, I replaced it with a 2TB WD Red and found out that due to customer complaints they had removed the HDDs from the list.
Soon after the other Seagate died and I ran the risk of running the RAID degraded because 2TB WD Reds were so expensive at the time, until I replaced the NAS with a 6-bay.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 2131629 22-Nov-2018 10:30
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- Spinning rust click of death
- Put in freezer for 15 mins
- Half works until it thawed



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Master Geek

  # 2131634 22-Nov-2018 10:39
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I remember the very early days (1990) of RAID cards in Compaq servers (in one of our satellite offices).




It had a nasty habit of 'alarming' at least twice per week. The solution? No, not reboot the server to get to the admin console and then identify the drive and replace it. Just press the reset button and all is well. 'What about the errors and failing drive?' I hear you ask. There wasn't any, it just seemed to get upset every now and again.




In all the time we did this, we didn't lose any data.

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  # 2131639 22-Nov-2018 10:46
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I need an upgrade because my not even 18 month old 960 EVO had already exceeded it's rated lifetime endurance. 


Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131640 22-Nov-2018 10:48
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I have lost mechanical HDD's before, most recent heartbreaking story is a family friend who returned from holiday to a nonfunctional computer. His PSU had died, taking both system and storage disks. No backup.. 


Last I heard he was going to engage some tech company in Aucks to perform a forensic reconstruction.

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Master Geek

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  # 2131642 22-Nov-2018 10:52
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Going back too many years that I care to remember I had a couple of hard drives fail all of a sudden. When i checked then they had stopped spinning. Once I had a new drive installed I got out the surclip pliers and manually turned to the spindle. With the drive powered on it would usually start spinning again and work long enough to transfer any data off before failing completely. 

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Uber Geek


  # 2131643 22-Nov-2018 10:53
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Back in the days before the "cloud" I spent a fair bit of time backpacking around Europe.  I collected a lot of awesome photos but of course needed somewhere to store them (can't recall how big the flash card for my camera was but it wasn't big)  I had a cheap laptop and and an ipod, yeah one of these bad boys:



(CC BY-SA 2.0 at,




and figured I'd be pretty safe if I kept a copy of all photos on both the laptop and ipod.  Off course near the end of the trip the ipod got stolen and not long after arriving back in NZ the laptop harddrive crashed...  All the photos (except a select few I managed to upload to facebook over very slow internet cafe links) were lost :(   How did we survive before mobile phones, the cloud and cheap storage became so ubiquitous? :)




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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131645 22-Nov-2018 11:03
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In 2005 I was traveling in UK with a digital camera.  Photos were transferred to a CD at a photo shop, and deleted off my memory card.  Near the end of my trip, my bag was dropped and all the CDs broke - lost all my photos.  

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