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Master Geek

  # 2131923 22-Nov-2018 14:39

I was at work few years back downloaded and copied 1tb of content to a hard drive to take home, got home just before plugging into my computer i bumped it off the table it just screeched like a dying cat after that all the data gone.

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Master Geek

  # 2131926 22-Nov-2018 14:47
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My Storage Story .. I purchased a SCSI attached ZIP drive from Harvey Norman for $500 .. enough said ?


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Wannabe Geek

  # 2131929 22-Nov-2018 14:49
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Many years ago I had a PC with a 100 GB drive. I decided to setup a RAID 1 (Mirror) for it with another new blank 100 GB drive.


During the initial boot up, the RAID card I had bought, it asked which drive was the primary one to use to copy its contents to the other dive. I thought I chose the right one, but alas I chose the blank one.


So now I had two drives mirrored, but both blank.


Luckily I had a good backup regime, and could recover. But still, a good lesson on choosing the right drive when you initialise a RAID array.






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  # 2131930 22-Nov-2018 14:50
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Back when I had awful ADSL internet I loaned a friend a hard drive with all of my steam games on it. Unfortunately he must have dropped it or something because when I got it back trying to access the drive took a lot longer than it should. I managed to copy off some of the data but it was painfully slow and eventually it just wasn't getting anywhere so I gave up on it. It took over a month to get back everything because of data caps.


More of an internet horror story than a storage one I guess. At least SSDs can handle a drop these days.

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  # 2131931 22-Nov-2018 14:52
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Mine was with our current PC, it was an ex-lease that I bought online with 2 hard drives, a small SSD which I was planning to use for the operating system and a larger HDD which was going to hold games and User information.  Unfortunately when it arrived it only had the small SSD, they'd removed the HDD as they did with laptops (this is a desktop).  I contacted them and they sent me the original HDD which I then had to install and then work out how to have the split of information how I'd intended.  That taught me a lot about systems, the most I'd done up to then was to install RAM!

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Ultimate Geek

  # 2131932 22-Nov-2018 14:52
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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.


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Master Geek

  # 2131934 22-Nov-2018 14:53
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Would have to be during the the Intel CPUs of 386 - 486 era learning about formatting new hard drives. ATA hard drives were becoming the norm. The horror of a friend leaving their PC for me to add a new hard drive. He wanted to keep his existing hard drive and just wanted a secondary hard drive attached. ATA IDE ribbon cables what got me. I added the new hard drive to the spare IDE slot on the single ribbon cable. Proceeded to use FDISK utility to partition and format assuming that FDISK was formatting the newly installed hard drive. A quick reboot discovered I was wrong, somehow I ended up formatting the friend's main hard drive and lost ALL of his data.

He was not a happy camper.


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  # 2131937 22-Nov-2018 14:55
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At my first engineering job I had a co-worker zip up an entire project in order to send a copy of it to someone. But for some reason he decided to try it again and deleted the first zip file. Only when he created the zip he had on the check box 'delete files after creating zip file' which means the entire project got deleted. And there was no backup or way to retrieve the files. They had to spend a couple of late nights in order to recreate all the drawings they lost. 

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Wannabe Geek

  # 2131940 22-Nov-2018 15:01
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Mine would be ghosting a customers hdd, years back, still remember that fubar, ouch,bad day and matching small size hard drives ( as they were back then ) etc, and yep you guessed it ghosted empty to full, learned to mark and triple check. Old times, smaller hdd's it happened quick :)


Fun and games recovering data :)

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Ultimate Geek

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  # 2131942 22-Nov-2018 15:02
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My Gigabyte Brick SSD died less than a month before its warranty ran out. The Gigabyte Brick Bios said there was no hard drive so all the data was lost. Luckily I had no crucial files on the SSD and was able to rebuild Windows 10 on the warranty replacement. Thankfully it was still under warranty as replacement SSD drives are not cheap and it should have lasted longer than the 2 years 11 months it did before dying.

Oh no, not another end of the world prediction

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Master Geek

  # 2131946 22-Nov-2018 15:05
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Still using a PC from 2011. Planning to upgrade once the RAM prices come down and this will help a lot.

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Wannabe Geek
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  # 2131950 22-Nov-2018 15:07
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Mine is simple, My current PC is still crack-a-lackin but It's got more holes than a prison with Shia Labeouf. Really hoping that my web development training isn't gonna be useless with automation coming up soon. Please God, I pray to you, let me get paid once before it becomes just a hobby.




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Uber Geek

  # 2131956 22-Nov-2018 15:16
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I like Crucial SSDs - replaced some spinning rust with one of these recently, makes for good speed.


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  # 2131958 22-Nov-2018 15:21
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One of my PCs suddenly decided not to boot. It had a substantial number of baby photos on it that hadn't been backed up yet. Once I got a new drive for the computer to boot from, I tried running data recovery software to recover the photos. Hours and hours of work later, I recovered some of the images and most of them were corrupted and covered in crazy looking stripes.


In the end, we posted the HDD away to a friend of a friend, and they helped us get some of the photos back. Professional data recovery from local businesses was going to cost $600+ so we were very lucky to have the help.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 2131960 22-Nov-2018 15:26
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My old PC was ancient, so I recently bought a used gaming PC off TradeMe. It has a 60GB SSD for the OS and a 1TB HDD. I copied everything off my old PC to the HDD and was quite happy with it. It was running Windows since I figured that would be best for gaming. I then decided to dual boot it with Ubuntu Linux which is what I normally run. On first boot, Ubuntu popped up a warning that my HDD was due to fail soon.


So I downloaded the disk manufacturer's software for Windows and ran that. Sure enough, the HDD was nearly out of spare sectors (or blocks, I forget the term) and about to fail.


Being sure I had backups of everything daily, I decided to see how long it would run before the drive failed. Two weeks later it died. Modern hard drives include SMART and Ubuntu checks it for you and warns of errors. Windows just leaves you to find out the hard way I guess! I wonder how many people routinely add software to Windows to check for drive failures?


Now a big SSD would really get things up and running again.

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