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Poll Results: Which company should I consider switching to?

 
  • 63% (130)
    Stay with WD
  • 11% (23)
    Samsung
  • 4% (10)
    Hitachi
  • 20% (41)
    Seagate
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post #41 of 131
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Possibly some above average ripple on the 5V rails causing some slight damage to the HDDs?
I would look into this. You said you had OCZ psu's on both machines, is that correct?
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I would look into this. You said you had OCZ psu's on both machines, is that correct?
No, I've had 3 OCZ PSU's on my system and this latest one is 1 month old and has not seen any drive failures with it yet. When I had the drives fail it was on an OCZ EliteXstreme 800

My moms system is just a run of the mill barebones 500w
Edited by porschedrifter - 12/1/09 at 10:34am
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Why?
Thats very toasty for a hard drive. I like mine under 40C

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No, I've had 3 OCZ PSU's on my system and this latest one is 1 month old and has not seen any drive failures with it yet.

My moms system is just a run of the mill barebones 500w
I would suspect heat issues then.
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post #44 of 131
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Thats very toasty for a hard drive. I like mine under 40C
I would suspect heat issues then.
I have a huge Delta 120mm fan infront of these drives, blasting at 100% for 5 minutes the drive temps don't even go down much. So I suspect they are just the ambient temps of the drives. Not only that but it's still within the manufacturers specs of safe temps.

Though the HDDs are all stacked together in the cage

But according to Googles drive survey, they said heat had really little to do with drive failures.


Edited by porschedrifter - 12/1/09 at 10:43am
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But according to Googles drive survey, they said heat had really little to do with drive failures.
My drives stay around 35C and I have a 1tb black and a 640gb blue. My ambients are around 20-22C. There is no fan even near my drives either. Your temps are definitely not good.
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I'd just like to point out that SpeedFan isn't the best software for temperature monitoring... I've often found it to be highly inaccurate.
    
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post #47 of 131
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"I often read about users obsessing over their CPU or GPU temperatures, while ignoring their hard drive temperatures entirely. That's a shame, because the hard drive is the most temperature sensitive device inside your computer. Most manufacturers rate CPUs up to 70�C, and GPUs commonly rate to 90�C and beyond.
Manufacturers measure off quite a modest range of operating temperatures for hard drives, from +5 to +55�C as a rule, and occasionally to +60�C. This operating range is much lower than processors, video cards, or chipsets. Moreover, hard drive reliability depends heavily on their operating temperatures. According to our research, increasing HDD temperature by 5�C has the same effect on reliability as switching from 10% to 100% HDD workload. Each one-degree drop of HDD temperature is equivalent to a 10% increase of HDD service life."

I'm still under the 55c mark though.

I suspect my temps are higher because my case has those stupid plastic drive guides instead of the old metal on metal contact with screws that acts as a heatsink for the drive.

The max safe temps for most of my drives are 60c


Edited by porschedrifter - 12/1/09 at 10:59am
post #48 of 131
I find it funny how people get bad lcuk with drives and how the world screams at you for backing up and all that jazz.

In the combined many years me and my dad both have with computers. Neither of us have had a drive simply fail.

I've had a drive damaged and unusable from being dropped other then that I've never had a drive just become unusable for whatever reason. I think it is a person-to-person thing.

Also try SpinRite. You'll wish you didn't replace some of those drives.
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...Seagate here I come.
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