[Ubuntu-US-CA] Failing/failed hard disk advice
nhaines at ubuntu.com
Tue Jun 17 15:31:45 UTC 2014
On 06/17/2014 12:00 AM, Grant Bowman wrote:
> My new friend who is trying Ubuntu with a disk from Lyz (thanks Lyz)
> just sent me an email. An external hard drive Seagate (1TB, model #:
> srd0sp0, newegg carries them for $79) with USB interface is not mounting
> automatically. When plugged into the MacBook Pro computer a slight
> clicking sound is heard, then it gets quiet and the light starts blinking.
Try this drive on a desktop computer. Sometimes laptops don't provide
enough power for 2.5" external USB hard drives. I know this is silly
but it's true. This is a differential diagnostic step.
Otherwise, it's probably toast.
When I worked there, Western Digital had the lowest failure rate in the
industry. As I occasionally said to customers when I was doing support,
"It's not that our competitors make bad drives, it's just that ours are
better." So I can definitely recommend WD drives, but the real moral of
the story is that you should always have three copies (the original and
two backups) of any critical file.
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