Is this PC doa? (was a formatting question)

gvim gvimrc at
Thu Nov 18 12:27:56 UTC 2010

On 18/11/2010 09:17, Basil Chupin wrote:
> Isn't computer equipment exciting? :-) .
> Since 1990 I have had nothing but Quantums and Maxtors - and never a
> smiggin of a problem. Well.... one of the Quantums I bought gave up the
> ghost a week or so after I bought back in 1992.

> All the Quantums and Maxtors I bought until late 2009 have had not
> hassles and are still running - ableit a couple of them are showing some
> signs of losing sectors.
> On the other hand, the recent Seagates and WDs I wasted my money on have
> not performed according to expectations. But one Maxtor 500GB I bought 2
> years ago as an external USB drive for backups hasn't faltered at all.
> One WD 500GB is now doorstop even thought it is still under warranty
> because it contains personal information which I can wipe but which will
> then void the warranty, and one of the Seagates (I always buy HDs in
> pairs) cannot be used as the MAIN (ie, Master) HD but only as a Slave
> even though Seagate's SeaTools "tells" me that there is nothing wrong
> with the HD - go figure :-( .

Please label off-topic posts with an "OT:" prefix or something as this has nothing to do with Ubuntu.


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