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    Dying Seagate Barracuda IV

    This is the third dying Seagate Barracuda IV I have had the misfortune of owning. 80 Gbyte Model ST380021A.
    Data Corruption, System Lockup(keyboard not responding), Programs running flakey, and a short access noise resembling a high pitch vibration/rattle.
    The last drive developed a serious bad sector problem. This drive does not show any signs of bad sectors, SeaTools reports the drive is mechanicaly and electronicly sound. I suspect a full disc scan would turn up issues.

    Now for the Rant
    Friday evening I went to Best Buy to pick up the cheapest(Not Seagate) drive they have to hold this system over till a new machine is built. Any 40, 80, even 160 GB drive, ATA(EIDE) will do.
    No ATA drives on the shelve. Several Sales tags but no ATA drives. The clerk said a truck shipment gets unloaded every Friday night. They should be on the shelve Saturday.
    Saturday, still no drives. Another kid tells me they can not get any more ATA drives. ? ? ?
    I considered buying the external USB drive and using its drive. I go by Circuit City and the same deal. They have one drive, a 320GB WD for $150. Now I am considering a SATA Card and Drive.
    New Egg, two days and $100 later, a 320GB WD drive has cured the issue.

    I looked at the Seagate Perpendicular Recording drives at New Egg but read some frightening feedback. I think I will avoid Seagate Drives.

    Long Live Western Digital!

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    Harddrives fail...no matter the brand.

    Usually due to dirty power...get a batterybackup\surge protection and you would be amazed at how long your hardware will last.

    I have 3 machines that are 8 + years old...original 2 gig barracudas

    How people treat you is their karma- how you react is yours-Wayne Dyer

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