[mythtv-users] OT: Need help diagnosing backend hardware failure
darren.richards at gmail.com
Sat Nov 19 02:56:05 EST 2005
On 11/18/05, Nick <knowledgejunkie at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 19/11/05, Darren Richards <darren.richards at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Thanks everyone for the advice. I was able to dig into it this
> > evening, and one of my hard drives bit the dust. It seems to be
> > drawing too much current, which causes the power supply to shut itself
> > down.
> > Those hard drives have been spinning 24/7 for a couple years now. I
> > figured they'd give out sooner or later, but I was hoping for later.
> > This drive (a maxtor 250gb) only lasted two years... I guess it's an
> > excuse to upgrade. I found a great deal on newegg on a Western
> > Digital 400GB hard drive. $157 after rebates. (one rebate is
> > "hidden", and doesn't show up until you check out. You can either
> > choose a $20 refund or a 1 year subscription to pc magazine.)
> When you get the new drive installed, I'd recommend running smartd (if
> you're not already) and running weekly tests on your drives,
> especially if they're on 24/7 (might give you a headstart on getting
> data saved before the drive finally bites the big one). I'd also look
> into the varying warranty levels between the different manufactures
> (I've been buying Seagate recently because they're quiet and have a
> 5yr warranty).
I'm not even sure what smartd is. I'll look into it. I figure my
drives don't have any mission critical data on them. The drive that
went out just contained my DVD's, and luckily I have all those backed
up on DVD already ;)
I agree about the seagate drives... I already have one 400gb seagate
in my backend server. I've had good luck with WD in the past, so I
think I'm going to take my chances...
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