Originally Posted by 720p
All of your suggestions guys seem to involve $$$. Isn't anything I could do to prevent the catastrophic failure or cure it if/when it happens, preferably for free? I'd have a heart attack if any of those drives gave up the ghost suddenly. I never had this happens, there usually give some sort of warning. My drives have been working for a year know and have a very hard life, continuous restarts, sleeps/ shutdowns all day long for every day but they never complained. (knocks on wood)
Just for the record I had a "retail boxed" Western Digital 400 GB Sata drive fail on me a couple of month ago... not happy about that...
Case was WELL ventilated, Drive was 1.3 years old
(Forgot the exact error message, Ran out of sectors)
Tried multiple programs to access /recover data on the drive- nothing worked except for OnTrack Easy Recovery Pro v6.10
Getting to your problem 720p,
You might want to ask/ or Google around for info on sites /companies that do on-line backups of data.
Most of these sites offer a "limited free" data back-up package plan (in addition to their "paid" options)
The above said- While I understand you not wanting to spend any money..
If you have any amount of data at all, the best option is to buy a external hard drive enclosure, adding the hard drive of your choice, making backups of your data- AND storing those backups OFF-SITE.
(One reason for buying drive separate- is most "pre-built units" only carry a (1) year warranty- and buying drive separate gives you (5) or (3) years...)Which external housing to buy?
Well you can buy from a company that only "sells" the enclosure... OR you can buy from a company that sells BOTH pre-built enclosures with hard drive already installed, and a "enclosure kit". (Sans hard drive.)
I, like allot of others are fans of the APRICORN DT* Series of hard drive enclosures...
(Apricorn sells both the "kit" and pre-builts giving them real-world experience)http://forums.slickdeals.net/showpos...8&postcount=77
As a side note Apricorn was the ONLY vendor to respond back to a simple PRE-SALES question (Question being what chipset xyz unit was using) when I was considering several different manufacturers-
Additionally Apricorn was FAST to respond to after the sale tech concerns.Before buying a external enclosure (if you value your DATA)
Read this thread:... all kinds of info on the various enclosures /chipsets being used.
When looking for a enclosure... main thing is the chipset , keeping the hd cool... NOT "flashing blue lights... or "racing stripes". Be wary of enclosures that ISOLATE the drive from the outer casing, that provide no airflow, or heat sinks to carry away the heat.
The official external ENCLOSURE threadhttp://www.**************/forums/computers/496281
PS: Pay attention to what user by the name of SickTeddyBear