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Posts posted by GreatScott

  1. A friend of mine went through a thunderstorm and ended up with 3 dying hard drives.  Two I recovered data from, but the third won't even show up in the Windows Disk Management utility.

    The drive still seems to spin up (I can feel the vibration) but Windows won't recognize it at all.

    Does that mean it's the circuit board that's most likely dead, not the actual platters?   Does it mean I could get a used $30 drive off ebay (same model) and replace the circuit board and maybe bring this drive back to life?

    The data on the drive isn't super-vital but it would be worth a $30 experiment to recover if it makes sense to try it. 

    Model WD10EADS is a regular WD Green 1TB 3.5" 7200rpm



  2. I'm building a couple new media storage servers.  One for my data and a second for backups.  After months of research into all the various storage systems (freenas, unraid, snapraid, windows storage pools, etc) I was *almost* ready to go with unRAID; the only thing I didn't like about it was Linux (I'm a Windows guy) and if the server failed, I wouldn't be able to stick the hard drives into a Windows PC to retrieve data.   And then today I read an obscure blog post from 7 years ago that mentioned DrivePool and ta-da!!  Exactly what I was looking for!

    My first project is a media server, I purchased 4 of the WD 8tb easystore drives to get the Red's inside them.   I want to do a thorough test of these new drives to make sure they're 100% healthy before I put them to work.

    What do y'all use for an initial test of a new drive before it goes into a production machine?   It doesn't need to be fancy... something like CCleaner could do a 1 pass "drive wipe" and then check the SMART data afterward for reallocated sectors?



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