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#8349 - 02/11/10 03:28 PM Re: New HD died--thinking of SSD as replacement [Re: tacit]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Fascinating, and even more fascinating after thinking about it for a bit.

Thanks.
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#8363 - 02/12/10 09:14 AM Re: New HD died--thinking of SSD as replacement [Re: Hal Itosis]
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In this context the following announcement may be of interest: DriveSavers' iPhone app to simulate SSD failures.


UPDATE: AFAICT, the SSD update only adds a simple animation with a single popup text box. Not all that useful beyond suggesting things can go poof with SSDs too...


Edited by alternaut (02/13/10 10:03 AM)
Edit Reason: Added impression of updated app after use.
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#8405 - 02/15/10 05:20 PM Re: New HD died--thinking of SSD as replacement [Re: alternaut]
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Loc: Iowa
I downloaded that and was NOT impressed. Most of them sounded the same, and it contained a very small portion of all the sounds I've heard. And it's really gimmicky to tell you the exact model of drive and what's wrong with it. Do we really care if it's a head crash or a bad spindle motor? Either way it don't work and we can't do anything about it short of mail it to them.

fwiw, my collection has been slightly updated, and features not only bad hard drives, but good ones too, so you can compare. I tried to weed out the ones that were too similar sounding. Some of them are doing some really wild things. (some failures are a LOT more common than others, hence trying to dedup)
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#8406 - 02/15/10 06:23 PM Re: New HD died--thinking of SSD as replacement [Re: Virtual1]
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Originally Posted By: Virtual1
I downloaded that and was NOT impressed. Most of them sounded the same, and it contained a very small portion of all the sounds I've heard.

I have to agree on both counts. That said, do you think the app is even halfway useful to the 'naive' user confronted with a noisy and malfunctioning HD? This type of user isn't likely to have immediate access to your collection of drive noises, and probably doesn't even know something like it exists.
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#8420 - 02/16/10 03:08 PM Re: New HD died--thinking of SSD as replacement [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
it's of no practical value. it's an advertisement is all. I was amazed to not even hear the enormously common identical taktaktak taktaktak taktaktak of the bazillion of seagate laptop drive deaths as of recently. That alone probably accounts for 1/4 of all recent failures I've ran into.

I had almost 30 of them available for sample.
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