What a difference a hard drive makes...

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  1. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    So my computer decided it just wasn't going to work anymore last week, and I took it into my local shop to see what was wrong with it (I suspected the motherboard). After about four days in the shop for diagnostic tests (for a suprisingly cheap $75), it was determined that the only thing it could be was the hard drive. New hard drive for $80 and it works perfectly again.
     
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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Flakey sectors slowing it to a crawl?
     
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    No idea, it was making a squeaking noise, so I'm thinking it's on the fritz.
     
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    That's what S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) was designed for.
    To help you know that a HDD is going bad.

    Check your BIOS for S.M.A.R.T. detection warning of some kind. I think all new HDDs come with S.M.A.R.T. compatibilities

    Here's a program that uses S.M.A.R.T. to tell you how the drive is doing http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=3464 and it's free
     
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    Hm, I didn't know about that. SMART doesn't seem to report any problems on the drive though (at least as far as I can tell from the Linux software I found to check it), so who knows :dunno:
     
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    It took them 4 days to determine this? Were they backed up with work? Or were they all fucking morons? Best buy?
     
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    yeah I wouldn't admit to paying 75 for someone to tell me I had a bad HD
     
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    My guess is that they weren't just working on my machine for the whole four days, and were fairly busy. Also, from what I understand they did some pretty extensive diagnostic tests (installed XP on a new hard drive in the machine and let it run for a while, since my problem seemed to pop up after about 2 days of uptime). No, it's not Best Buy, it's a little shop run by some very friendly Chinese people (Honor Computer Systems), and I am 100% satisfied with the service I've received there. For anyone in Edmonton (or Hong Kong I guess) they're very highly recommended (good prices too).
     
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    Up All Night I might sleep all day

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    They teach a web design class ...oh the irony:rofl:
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :rofl: True dat. Great people though, despite their lack of web design talent.
     
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    damn I never knew what SMART was for...interesting, and quite handy
     
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    Yep SMART is nice.
    It's reporting that a HDD on a someone's system I'm working on is having problems.
    The BIOS at start up just say SMART has a problem but not what the problem is, but that program gave me more details..not that there is anything I can do about it besides back-up and replace the drive
     

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