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