[Ubuntu-US-CA] Failing/failed hard disk advice

George Mulak George at AmericanFinancialTax.com
Thu Jun 19 23:57:07 UTC 2014

Thank you Nathan,

It is also true that sometimes the enclosure electronics go bad.  I just replaced the enclosure on one drive that was doing the same thing and--walah!  It worked fine.  

George Mulak

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-us-ca-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com [mailto:ubuntu-us-ca-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Nathan Haines
Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:32 AM
To: ubuntu-us-ca at lists.ubuntu.com
Subject: Re: [Ubuntu-US-CA] Failing/failed hard disk advice

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.


Nathan Haines
Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com/

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