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Seagate Strikes Again: The Great Crash-oning


When it comes to storing data, there are three kinds of people. Those who know better, those who don’t, and those who know better but haven’t actually done anything intelligent to protect what they have on their computers. Unfortunately, I fall into the latter category.

I have a sordid past with Seagate.  Today, they strike again.

I vowed to never again use their hard drives, but none the less my OS was sitting on one of their drives. I don’t know what the capacity was… now my BIOS reports 4GB, but that is definitely misrepresented. What is funny about this story, is that today I set myself up to sync 1TB with the cloud. I hadn’t actually started the sync, but my account was ready. Hah, joke’s on me.

This is the third (fourth?) Seagate drive I have lost in three years. This time it took my OS. Most of my critical day-today stuff was backed up via dropbox, but my Minecraft Let’s Play material… not so much. Unfortuantely, that was supposed to go to the cloud after I finished doing MoonQuest tonight. But guess what? It’s all wiped out now. Nothing to back up to the cloud, with the disk it was stored on making sounds like a piece of chalk being scraped across a chalkboard.

I hate you Seagate. Your desktop drives are crap,and I’m an idiot. Have a nice day.


This relationship is over

You win Seagate… I’m done and I’m breaking up with you.

The last of my Barracuda 7200.11’s cheated on me last night. After babying our relationship for more than three years… I turned my back for one minute and it bailed, taking my my OS, pictures, and everything else with it.

I know I shouldn’t be surprised. This was a doomed pairing from the start. Segate admitted to performance and stability issues not long after this drive went to market. It wasn’t limited to my model. It’s sister drives were affected too– in fact most of the family was flawed, suffering from random bricking and drive failure.

They released cruddy firmware updates to try and correct the behavioural problems, and then later firmware updates for the firmware updates. Many of the affected complained it was too late, that it was impossible to apply any updates once the damage was done because the firmware updates could not be applied once the drives were bricked.

My case has been a bit more unique. I started out with twin 500’s, mirror’s of one another. I know, twins right? Life couldn’t have been better.

all the thignsTwo years went by before the dream began to unravel.  The first signs were subtle–  like it took a little longer to get my queries answered, or my file copied.  It’s sister drive often compensated, and I really didn’t notice as I was busy having fun with the guys… playing video games and exploring my hobbies.

Before long the stability issues started to show through– the occaisional ‘timeout’ and some random audible ‘disturbences’.  They were still infrequent, but I noticed and promised to pay more attention to what was going on. That’s when things really started to heat up. I mean literally– the drive got hot. And not the good kind of hot. Meltdown hot.

Barracuda (aka 'Traitor') 7200.22

And then it was over– it was gone. I saw a note posted from my BIOS on bootup that my RAID-1 config was degraded. My second drive was gone.

I was disappointed, but being relatively easy going and gifted at procrastinating I did nothing about it. About a year later my USB disk died. I was shocked at what I found when I pried open the casing. It was the Barracuda 7200.11’s cousin– another Barracuda (1 TB model). That separation hurt a bit more. I lost quite a bit on that one– I had come to depend on it for storing games, comics, and pictures.

Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels

Twin Creeks, a solar power startup that emerged from hiding today, has developed a way of creating photovoltaic cells that are half the price of today’s cheapest cells, and thus within reach of challenging the fossil fuel hegemony. The best bit: Twin Creeks’ photovoltaic cells are created using a hydrogen ion particle accelerator.

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