Hard drives crash too soon
Posted on 2003-03-08
I am experiencing a very annoying and frustrating problem. My current machine seems to eat up hard drives. I don't know what the cause is, but the situation is causing me a lot of stress and lost files.
My drives seem to get noisy pretty quickly. My computer environment may be the culprit, but I am not sure, which is why I'm asking. My floor is carpeted, and the cables from the computer do touch the carpet. Could this be causing static? If so, how can I remedy the problem? Will putting a block of wood on the carpet for my wires to rest on do the trick? Or something else?
I have bought a surge protector and all my components are connected to it. The computer itself sits in a little compartment thing in my wood desk and it not actually touching the carpet.
Maybe it is the heat? My computer is sitting in a desk compartment that is basically closed on 3 sides except for a small hole in the back to run cables through. To increase airflow, I have taken off one side cover of my computer and 2 of the 5 1/2" bay covers. I don't know if this is helping anything. SpeedFan reports my hard drive is running at around 41C-44C at most times.
I am thinking of adding another hard drive so that just in case this one crashes again, at least it will be easier to do backup and get myself running again. However this (potentially?) poses another problem, for if I were to install another 7200rpm drive on top of my current one, won't they just exchange more heat and crap out on me even faster? My current one is sitting two slots below my floppy.
I will be happy to give any more information to anyone who requests it. This problem has been plaguing me for years. I realize hard drives are mechanical devices and will die eventually but mine are definitely dying prematurely.