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

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Fri Jun 20 01:06:09 UTC 2014

I actually find it's often the enclosure. I have one external 2.5" that
beeps and fails to mount on all but 1 usb port on my laptop. Absolutely
a power issue - even though I have tried some of those dual power usb

It's actually why I'm partial to buying the drive and enclosure
separate. That and you don't get the stupid 1 yr warranty of the case,
but 3-5 years of the drive. If you look carefully you'll notice
identical drives sold in cases and alone don't get the same warranty.


On 06/19/2014 04:57 PM, George Mulak wrote:
> 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
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> 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
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> 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.
> Regards,
> Nathan
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