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Master Geek

# 136777 8-Dec-2013 19:09
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I had a shocking problem a while ago where I was copying all the files from this HDD (in an external enclosure) across to a new 2TB drive following a mobo failure.
The HDD inadvertently got knocked off the table while copying (about 5 hours in) to never go again.
I was lucky that most of the remaining files were on synced spare drive.

I finally got around to taking the HDD apart to see if I could get it to go again as I thought it was a stuck pedestal or motor?
This was the first time I had opened up an HDD and I probably wouldn't do it again if I actually needed it to

Motor/bearing was pretty well seized and I couldn't move it, but I had a play around with the other internals and pulled it all apart as someone told me to take out the magnets as they were quite powerful and cool to play with.

After pulling out the discs etc, I didn't have the heart to throw them away as they are quite cool and I like shiny things.

I share with you my afternoon project which is soon to be a Christmas present for my Computer Geek Father in Law (....or I might keep it)

A Seagate Windchime

Quite a proud little sausage

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Ultimate Geek

  # 947615 8-Dec-2013 19:43
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Nice IDEA.. they do have a lot of rare materials on them and super strong magnets.. I give them to my
friend who opens them for the magnets.. I had 5 1 and 1.5tb die this year alone and prob 3 year before.

its funny.. that it was seagate drive they recovered from the shuttle crash and read the data of it still

so the discs was ok.. and data on them I guess.

i also still have some 500gb drives running 2 times longer then other drives since.. most of my drives
WD and seagate all die soon after warranty ...

im starting to wonder if they are designed to fail rather then desinged to last as long as possible

SSD arent the answer either by the sounds.. you would expect them to stop writing.. fail write but
should never loose data on them.. but dont seem the case either.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 947652 8-Dec-2013 20:54
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I have only had one HDD failure, and that was before I had even used it. Bought from Quay computers, and didn't work at all.

I still have a couple of old (mid 90's) IDE 640MB and 540MB HDD's that worked last time I tried them.

Got a wardrobe full of 'obsolete' hardware from various computers I have had over the years.


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Uber Geek


  # 947751 9-Dec-2013 07:32
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kiwigeek1: Nice IDEA.. they do have a lot of rare materials on them and super strong magnets.. I give them to my
friend who opens them for the magnets.. I had 5 1 and 1.5tb die this year alone and prob 3 year before.

I've probably owned 10 Seagate drives, I've had two report SMART problems eventually, but none just failed. If you had five drives fail last year I'd be trying to work out why, power supply would be the first place I would look.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 947955 9-Dec-2013 12:36
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they have their own power supples mostly... the desktop seagates USB 2s but also 2 in raid box died

some are left on 24x7 and some turned on when need to use then for backup

and no they arent moved.. so nothing to do with power supplies... also they all on UPS

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Ultimate Geek

  # 955179 19-Dec-2013 23:00
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I thought that some of the components in modern hard drives were made of Beryllium.

Be is chosen because it has a very low coefficient of expansion from heat.

A hard drive that has failed may contain clinically significant quantities of Be.

F1 used to use Be in engine internal components. Such use was banned a few years back because of health fears for mechanics who dismantled engines that were in need of repair.

I would not take a modern hard disk apart.

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