Uh oh- It's M'hard Drive.

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by pdpfilms, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

    pdpfilms

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    Howdy-
    After both my housemates lost ~200gb of data each on two different hard drive failures in two days, I began feeling smug that I have a fully redundant system. ...Except for one drive. I have one 250gb drive that is not backed up, and contians all my ripped DVDs. Just today it has begun sleeping itself, after a period of inactivity. Actually, scratch that. It just sleeped itself in the middle of a movie. There was a little click like it was shutting off, and then the movie stopped. Anyway, why might this be? is it too hot? Is it beginning to fail (eek!)? I don't have the option checked in the Energy Saver preferences pane, so that can't be causing it. My other external is acting normally. Just yesterday I installed the most recent security update. Maybe that's the issue?

    Any ideas?

    EDIT: Actually, I'm getting quite worried. I just turned it off and on (it wouldn't allow me to eject it), and it did the same thing, after about 2 minutes of use.

    thanks.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Guess -- the power brick of the external drive is shutting off from overheating. We saw this a lot with LaCie drives a little while back. The AC adaptors were not up to the task of powering 200 Gb + drives for extended periods.
     
  3. pdpfilms thread starter macrumors 68020

    pdpfilms

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    I like the sound of that one... but I'm feeling that isn't the problem. The power brick feels fine, just a bit warm. And I've been running this drive pretty much constantly for the past few weeks. Maybe too much use and it's... tired?:confused:
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Well, when it 'clicks', does the drive spin down? And the drive later works OK again after being off for a while? That would be classic powersupply failure symptoms. It may even spin back up on its own a moment later, but of course whatever file operation you were doing at the time is #*#$*ed.
     
  5. pdpfilms thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, it spins down. However, the LED stays illuminated.. but that could be from USB power? I'll have to call up OWC Monday and see what they have to say.
     

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