Hard Drive failure - how did this happen?
Posted on 2004-09-28
Okay, this is one of the strangest things I've seen, and was wondering if anyone knows how this might have happened.
I have a client that is a small business with one Windows 2000 Server (with mirrored IDE hard drives) and seven workstations. When they left Friday evening, everything was fine. When one of the partners came in Saturday, his computer wasn't working and neither was the server and some of the other workstations. When I got there, I discovered that in all cases it was due to a hard drive failure. This includes BOTH of the drives in the server.
I'm not talking about lost data here. These drives all were completely dead to the point where the system would not even detect them, and most would "click" very loudly when the systems were turned on.
Every computer is on at least a surge suppressor, and most have UPSs (including, of course, the server), but the only thing I can think of to explain this is some sort of power event.
There were workers on their floor working on a new suite across the hall, so it's definitely possible that something might have happened to the electricty on this floor. But, what would cause all of the hard drives to crash (and why just the hard drives and not, say, the power supplies and system boards?)
Any explaination to what might have happened would be appreciated.