(If this belongs in a dif't forum, please advise. Thank you.)
Recently have had lots of problems w/ new hard drives. Have rec'd two (2) drives from Western Digital, both have died within days (the first never completed formatting). Now, I might have gotten 2 bad drives, or it could be something else.
The battery on my APC Backups 350 went bad the week before, so I was running the computer (a Dell P3-733) straight off a surge protector both times the drives failed.
I've been told that there is no easy way to determine if I have "aberrations" in my electrical power at home (short of attaching some sort of recording mechanism). The UPS unit I have does not do "line conditioning". Those units that *do* condition the line cost more, and if they have a UPS/battery built in, then they cost even more.
Is there a cheaper place to get a line conditioner that from APC and do you think this is my problem?<b>
You definitely have to go with an UPS.APC is probably the cheapest UPS out there (EL CHEAPO). Get a UPS with a power conditioner and battery management. Spending the money upfront will save you more latter, not to mention your valuable data.