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emonkies

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#1 12 years ago

I am developing a hatred of SATA.

I bought a new WD 160GB SATA drive little two years ago. It died within six months.

Not wanting to wait for RMA return I bought a 160GB Samsung SATA drive. It died within six months.

I now have a Seagate 160GB SATA HD. It died last night.

I have several IDE drives that I have had for years and have only had a few go bad. I have yet to have a SATA drive last for more than a year.

I work at a Computer store so if a drive fails I RMA it, exchange it for a new one and when RMA replacement comes in it gets sold.

But Im still ticked off that once again I have lost a crap load of anime again and had just started playing STALKER and was only a few missions in.

I dont understand why my IDE drives last with no problem and every SATA drive I have had has died. Its really annoying.

I like the SATA performance but for me they have become so untrustworthy that I have taken to storing all data on a backup IDE drive in same system.

I was going to transfer all my data to the backup drive this time as well but put it off and now Im ganked.




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#2 12 years ago
Anlushac11;3807550I am developing a hatred of SATA. I bought a new WD 160GB SATA drive little two years ago. It died within six months. Not wanting to wait for RMA return I bought a 160GB Samsung SATA drive. It died within six months. I now have a Seagate 160GB SATA HD. It died last night. I have several IDE drives that I have had for years and have only had a few go bad. I have yet to have a SATA drive last for more than a year. I work at a Computer store so if a drive fails I RMA it, exchange it for a new one and when RMA replacement comes in it gets sold. But Im still ticked off that once again I have lost a crap load of anime again and had just started playing STALKER and was only a few missions in. I dont understand why my IDE drives last with no problem and every SATA drive I have had has died. Its really annoying. I like the SATA performance but for me they have become so untrustworthy that I have taken to storing all data on a backup IDE drive in same system. I was going to transfer all my data to the backup drive this time as well but put it off and now Im ganked.

the only thing i could think of is,"if it aint broke, dont fix it" lol so if ide works and sata doesnt, use ide drives. i have used ide drives on all my pcs and havent EVER had ANY problems.




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#3 12 years ago

I've been using the same SATA drives for three years with no problems.




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#4 12 years ago

I don't have a problem with SATA drives themselves, but I do have a problem with the cables. I have never, ever had an IDE ribbon cable fail on me - ever. They may have been slow, they may have been bulky but I'll be damned if they weren't reliable. The SATA cable however was obviously designed by a moron and as such has the tendency to come adrift from connectors, be disproportionately sensitive to EM noise and (most irritating of all) stop working for no good reason at a moment's notice. They're also hopelessly insecure; you'd think they'd at least have specified that the cable needs to have an attachment clip of some kind but no, instead they rely on sheer good luck to stop the thing from flying out of its socket whenever you do so much as pick your base unit up.

This has all come to a head recently when one of my SATA cables decided it was going to screw me over, causing lots of parity errors, BSoDs and cursing from yours truly. So yeah.

/rant.




AdmiralHocking

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#5 12 years ago

I've been using two SATAs set up to work as one for the past year and a half, I've never had any problems with the computer until this month.

Long story shot; after having the graphics cards replaced a number of performance issues cropped up including slow rate of file transfer and overall slowness of the OS. Having tested everything the only thing left to do was wipe the hard drives, once I had done this the RAID setup couldn't detect them but the BIOS could, nothing I did could get around this.

So on Tuesday I sent the thing back to the manufacturer and it's come back with a nice fresh OS install and the same problems it had before. :rolleyes:

For the past six hours I've been running hard drive diagnostics and they're still going, I have a feeling that this is where the problem lies as all other tests have passed. Overall the past few weeks have been wasted thanks to the creation that is a SATA hard drive.




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#6 12 years ago

I've had 1 SATA drive go shaky on me, so I exchanged it, and another go completely nuts and I lost all my movies. I really don't feel like explaining everything because I hate the keyboard I'm using at my uncle's house, but I'll just say, I've had 2 SATA drives and 2 IDE drives fail on me in the past. The SATA's were a 300gb and a 320 gb, while the IDE drives were 160 and 250. Don't really remember the brand though.

The main problem I've had though is every time I accidentally bump my computer with my chair, the SATA cable would jiggle a little, and I'd hear on of my drives power down and back on, while my computer locks up for a few seconds.




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#7 12 years ago

Well, the HDD from my main machine is SATA, and sometimes for an unknown reason, this happens :

- Windows takes a damn long time to load, and eventually fails (after like maybe 10 or 15 long minutes, while in normal time it takes me like 30 seconds to be on desktop from complete shutdown ) - If I reset (without completely shutting down the power), drive is not even detected by the BIOS. - Even if I do it, there is a high probability Windows still will refuse to boot correctly.

Though, if I restore a previous copy of my Windows partition, things go just fine. I couldn't yet figure out what exactly on Windows or in the programs I may have installed can make such crazy errors.

I've searched a little the web and found that there were weird problems with drives such as the one I have, IE the Maxtor ones with BANC1E00 or something like that firmware. Didn't find any update for it though. Dunno exactly what could cause such strange problem, and it irritates me. So I'm considering the opportunity of either buying a SATA 2 drive from Samsung (they seem to do better stuff than Maxtor) or going "good old" SCSI... more expensive, but it has proven its reliability.




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#8 12 years ago

Not really. Knock on wood, but I've never had a had drive fail on me. But then again, I go through them pretty fast anyway...

Rookie;3808081They're also hopelessly insecure; you'd think they'd at least have specified that the cable needs to have an attachment clip of some kind but no, instead they rely on sheer good luck to stop the thing from flying out of its socket whenever you do so much as pick your base unit up.

You know that newer SATA cables have clips on them, right? Older ports don't support the, but the new ones (with the "wall" around them) do. They're damn secure, too; real PITA to get out once installed...




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#9 12 years ago

Guess I must just be out of the loop then. Good to know some bright spark had the common sense to add them.




marvinmatthew

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#10 12 years ago

ConstanceJill;3808167Well, the HDD from my main machine is SATA, and sometimes for an unknown reason, this happens :

- Windows takes a damn long time to load, and eventually fails (after like maybe 10 or 15 long minutes, while in normal time it takes me like 30 seconds to be on desktop from complete shutdown ) - If I reset (without completely shutting down the power), drive is not even detected by the BIOS. - Even if I do it, there is a high probability Windows still will refuse to boot correctly.

Though, if I restore a previous copy of my Windows partition, things go just fine. I couldn't yet figure out what exactly on Windows or in the programs I may have installed can make such crazy errors.

I've searched a little the web and found that there were weird problems with drives such as the one I have, IE the Maxtor ones with BANC1E00 or something like that firmware. Didn't find any update for it though. Dunno exactly what could cause such strange problem, and it irritates me. So I'm considering the opportunity of either buying a SATA 2 drive from Samsung (they seem to do better stuff than Maxtor) or going "good old" SCSI... more expensive, but it has proven its reliability.

Not to be antagonistic, but you should create a new thread if you really want help with the problems you list above. None of them sound hard drive related.




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