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Old 05-10-2016, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Out of the blue; my portable hard drive just stopped working properly. The thing has around 200torrents on it, that I haven't been able to access in about a year or so. Nomatter which laptop I plug it in to, it only registers in the Device Manager, I want to beat it with a sledgehamer. It will not show up in My Computer, it is completly inaccessable, this is my first, and last Seagate anything. There's just no excuse foe this.

It's a Backup Plus Portable Drive, 1TB model number SRD00F1 I plugged it up to my ibm z71t, and nothing, emachine e25, nothing, Toshiba Satelite, effing nothing. All three computers seem to believe it's working just fine, if it were, then I'd be able to open the thing and watch stuff. None of the laptops are going to be usefull in making it actually work, and do as it is designed, and programed, since they can't even tell it's not working, so I don't know what to do. It's not doing what it's supossed to do, and that is unacceptable to me, there is no excuse for it to just stop registering properly.
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:59 AM
 
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Maybe don't dl pirated stuff?
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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All Hard Drives die. A Western Digital may have lasted longer, or shorter. Can't say I've ever been loyal to any disk manufacturer. You buy the best price.
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Restore from your backup, get the drive replaced under warranty (if it's still under warranty) or get a new one and move on. ... You do backup important data right?
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:54 AM
 
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Maybe don't dl pirated stuff?
How would this help prevent a hard drive failure?
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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I was kind of kidding. Karma and all that. But maybe some crap in the torrents messed with the drive...
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:33 PM
 
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I was kind of kidding. Karma and all that. But maybe some crap in the torrents messed with the drive...
I'm not aware of any current malware that can damage hardware.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Maybe don't dl pirated stuff?
Sometimes it's a necessity, and not everything is pirated. Most of it is hard to find, out of copy movies, anime, and stand-up. I do buy dvds when I can.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Restore from your backup, get the drive replaced under warranty (if it's still under warranty) or get a new one and move on. ... You do backup important data right?
The drive itself is a backup drive, so it claims. At the time, it was brand new, only a month old, there's got to be a way to fix it. I'd rather get the contents, the replace the drive, the whole point of it is to keep s much off of my computers as possible, so they operate as they should, I've made the mistake of loading down a desktop with too much stuff before.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:34 PM
 
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The drive itself is a backup drive, so it claims.
The drives function determines if it's a backup drive, not what the manufacturer calls it. Take any drive, load a COPY of your data on it, it's a backup drive. Take the same drive, MOVE your important data to it, it's no longer a backup drive, it's storage. Or more accurately, a disaster waiting to happen.

It's impossible to predetermine the lifespan of a hard drive, my general rule of thumb is expect them to fail anytime after you start using them. If you plan for that, you'll lose nothing.
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