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This is the 2nd seagate to die on me. The first one was a 500gb 7200.11 that died after 3 years of use, and now this 500gb 7200.12 that died again, after about 3 years of use.

I download a lot, and the HDDs in question used to be in use 24/7, I don't know if that could maybe caused this.

I'm going to buy a 1tb HDD to replace this one, just wanted to check what could be the cause of this before I did, like some flaw in the HDDs, or the way I use them.. etc.

Thanks.
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did you check the S.M.A.R.T. status of either drive?

Might give you some insight as to the cause.

I would switch to another hdd company...This is completely Biased...Western Digital!

At least I am honest. -_-
post #3 of 20
HDD's are like cars, some times you can get a lemon and some times you get a drive that will last you 20 years.

I've had a seagate drive last me 1 month before it died. I RMA'd it and I've been using the refurb since with no issues. (2 years ago)

All my drives run 24/7 and all of them are 7200.11's. (2x750gb+5x1.5tb)

Honestly 3 years on a drive isn't bad. So, to answer your question, no you're not doing anything wrong to kill the drive. That is unless you are throwing it around and beating on it then yes you're abusing the drive and need to stop that.
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post #4 of 20
Get a WD drive or a Samsung, Seagate's have not been the best for a bit now. The 160GB Drives I'm running in Raid 0 are now 4 years old and not one problem with either of them.
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Both hard drives died after 3 years, well that is very good LOL
don’t get me wrong 3 years is good life for HDD, in fact everyone should probably start thinking of getting new drive after 2 years of use.
my WD Essential Book 1Tb failed after 3 days and when I replaced it, it failed after 5 months so yah....
And I lose all 1TB worth of data
piece of advice don’t let you HDD temp get higher than 40C and don’t keep it working 24/7
both my HDD temps don’t go above 30C and they work for 5H max a day, if i want to use heavy applications that require the HDD to read and write a lot for more than 6H i let my crapy laptop do the dirty work for me xD
    
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Most hard drive failures today are the result of the controller card on the drive failing, not usually a mechanical problem. Seagate has had a lot of bad batches of circuit boards for their drives with the 7200.12 series.
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did you check the S.M.A.R.T. status of either drive?

Might give you some insight as to the cause.

I would switch to another hdd company...This is completely Biased...Western Digital!

At least I am honest. -_-
S.M.A.R.T status is "Bad"... I don't want to run the dos mode seatools to try and possibly fix the problem until I get another HDD and backup up everything.

Well it seems I'm not doing anything wrong. Just need decide now weather to switch manufacturers or stay with Seagate.
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post #8 of 20
You can't "fix" old age, but you can use creams to make the wrinkles disappear...for a short time.

Similarly, you can't "fix" an old hard drive, but you might get a few more days or weeks out of it by using something like SpinRite.
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you could get about 20 minutes out of freezing it...-_- Used to do this at work, for those people who HAD TO HAVE THEIR DATA! (aka porn)

There are other SMART progs that will tell you exactly why it failed.


Freezing is an absolute last resort, no chance of recovery, no Guarantee! you have been warned!
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yeah I tried freezing the first one that died, this one is still usable so want to back it up asap. Thinking if I should get another 7200.12 or go for a WD Caviar Black?
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