[plug] Ubuntu killed my drive!

Paul Antoine paul at milleng.com.au
Sat May 24 22:28:26 WST 2008

Sorry to hear that Brad.  My circa 1998 Vaio has had at least 3 hard 
drives - its thin design seems to kill them fast due to heat buildup.  
Of course the head load/unload issue doesn't help :-)


Brad Campbell wrote:
> Well, probably contributed anyway.
> My little Vaio had a major hard disk failure after roughly 2 years of 
> faithful service.
> It was a general mechanical wear type of failure as the old freezer 
> allowed me to recover all of the data perfectly well, but at room 
> temperature it was just a "clickety click"..
> A quick post-mortem revealed over 1,200,000 head load/unload cycles 
> where the drive is rated to about 600,000.
> Drive duly replaced, I'll be implementing some of the recommended 
> workarounds listed in the various Ubuntu forums for overzealous power 
> saving modes for hard disks..
> Example : 
> https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695/comments/81
> <grumble>..
> Brad

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