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  1. #1
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    Old 5900rpm drive misbehaves, Eyeing a WD Red

    (shudder - first post!)

    So my big, slow storage drive (Samsung HD204UI, volume label "Attic") reports to be "At risk". (Windows notification + Intel RST)

    First, what big dumb storage drive would you recommend for a desktop?
    Points to consider: The case (Define R3), rubber grommets or not, features superb HDD physical coupling - which sucks. HDD vibrations are loud and clear, and can be felt when touching the side panels.
    If it wasn't enough, the system stands on a slightly wobbly desk prone to feline blitzkriegs, so some degree of shock resistance is desireable.
    As the headline says, I gravitate towards the WD30EFRX Red because if it's gyro-thingies, problem is it's too new to have long-term impressions. Do you think it's worth a $35 premium over the WD Green / $40 over 7200rpm barracuda of the same size? (prices in Israel, sad story)

    Now, the problem with the old drive is hard to pin down.
    When booting, the system stalls with an unresponsive splash screen and no beeps (connected to a 3GBps port on my ASRock H67M-GE).
    I disconnect it and boot normally, then hotplug and everything is accessible.
    SeaTools and Windows Disk Scanner found no errors.
    Is it possible that the board misinterprets some signal as an error and the drive could work on another system?

  2. #2
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    Re: Old 5900rpm drive misbehaves, Eyeing a WD Red

    Sounds like a perfect use case for "Spin Rite"
    However the cost of the software might dissuade you from keeping the old drive.
    I'd buy a new one right away and copy over the data while the copying is good...
    Then I'd dump the old one...

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    Re: Old 5900rpm drive misbehaves, Eyeing a WD Red

    Quote Originally Posted by StrayGator View Post
    (shudder - first post!)

    <chop>

    Now, the problem with the old drive is hard to pin down.
    When booting, the system stalls with an unresponsive splash screen and no beeps (connected to a 3GBps port on my ASRock H67M-GE).
    I disconnect it and boot normally, then hotplug and everything is accessible.
    SeaTools and Windows Disk Scanner found no errors.
    Is it possible that the board misinterprets some signal as an error and the drive could work on another system?
    Welcome to the forums

    Sounds to me like a possible power problem.

    What are the rest of your system specs ?
    Please be as detailed as possible


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    Re: Old 5900rpm drive misbehaves, Eyeing a WD Red

    Let's see...

    Wobbly Desk
    Fractal Define R3
    i5 2400
    ASRock H67M-GE
    2x4GB Elixir (Hynix) genero-ram 1333MHz
    Sys drive: Crucial C300 128GB (FW 0007 / latest)
    Old storage: Samsung "eco" 2TB HD204UI, FW 1AQ10001, mfg date 7.2011
    New storage: WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX. Bought this morning.
    Enermax Modu82+ 425W (og 2008 make)
    XFX Radeon 6870 1GB dual-fan/ZDFC
    Cheap Edimax 2-antenna PCI card
    Win7 x64, updated and everything

    anything useful you can tell from that? I also use a Leopold KB.
    And yes, data is being migrated as I type this.

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