Dying hard drives…WD makes it easy

Well it seems like hard drive failure month for me. Here are the drives, for personal machines, we are putting SSDs in as they are much faster and more reliable

  • iMac 2009. Yuck, this one is going to be hard to get out. It’s buried and I have to figure out how to get the glass off and then put a big SSD in the thing. 1TB sounds good! It is hanging and stuttering. Feels like disk failure
  • Mac Mini 2011. Seems to be hanging. Disk Utility says it is good, but feels like disk failure.
  • Synology DS1812+. Wow, this thing is pretty nice. Bad sectors were detected on a WD Red 3TB and it won’t pass SMART tests (all in the user interface). And it emailed me it had a problem :=0 I’m sure glad I’m running RAID-6, so I can swap a new one in and go.

Also warranty returns have gotten much easier. Seagate does it online and Western Digital returns at http://support.wdc.com/warranty/ let you check your warranty and ask for an RMA without having to dig up receipts.

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