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Old HDD still going strong

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May 10, 2009 7:08:14 PM

Hey everyone.

I have a Maxtor 30 gog hard drive on my comp right now and it is about 8 yrs old. And i am wondering if it is about to die. I haven't seen any warnings and idk the symptoms so please tell me if it is about die or not.


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a b G Storage
May 11, 2009 5:08:47 AM

I would just replace it. Why take the chance?

I retired my 7 year old IBM Desktar 75GXP 60GB hard drive last year even though it was working fine.
May 11, 2009 9:25:52 AM

I've got an old WD 40gig drive in my kids' computer that just slowly died lately. It got pretty noisy towards the end, I could hear the high pitched spindle whine real clear even across the room with the case cover on and it's normally a quiet case. Also, it was getting obvious it was taking a lot longer to read from the disk. I've seen (heard) a lot of drives start making louder chunking noises from the read/write heads before they die too. My drive ran for 9 years and 6 of them were almost 24/7.

I agree with jaguarskx though, just get something cheap and replace it. It's not worth taking the chance losing your stuff and a newer drive will be faster. Also I've seen a LOT more old dead Maxtors than any other brand, I would consider it a time bomb even if it seems to run fine now.
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a b G Storage
May 11, 2009 12:28:29 PM

Hard drives are cheap now. Replace the thing.
May 11, 2009 3:06:29 PM

I still have a 10GB IBM Deskstar thats still working in a old gaming rig i boot it up a few times a month to play old classic PC games and ROMs. I do backups of it weekly because i expect it to explode into a fireball at any second though. HDD's are so cheap right now i would replace it, im expanding with a few 1TB drives soon, as soon as i see one on sale for $80 im going to get 4 of them.
a c 464 G Storage
May 11, 2009 6:12:56 PM

Last year I replaced a complete system that contained a WD HDD from 1993, size 320 MB! A major reason for the replacement was my worry that I'd already beaten the odds of disk failure hugely. Nobody bets on disk life over 10 years. And like jsc says, these days they're cheap.
May 11, 2009 7:03:39 PM

Well I have an external 250 gig Seagate I bought recently, so if I back it up and copy all the files to the Seagate I will have everything right?

And I know Seagate is a very good brand, which is why I bought it, but is it true that they have been having problems with their HDDs lately?