What happens if the Hard Disk fails ??

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  1. Perfectionist macrumors regular

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    I mean under the Applecare, would I have to send it back to Apple or would Apple come to my home and replace it ??

    More importantly, what about privacy ..... if they keep the old/broken Hard Disk, could somebody somehow read everything that was on it like my emails and banking details etc .....

    How often do HD's fail in Apple machines ??
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    1) You'd have to send it in.

    2) You'd lose the data; but I think they take care of the drive in terms of destroying it in a way that protects you.

    3) Basically just as often as in any other computer.
     
  3. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    Happened 4x in 3 years.

    From what I've learned something corrupts the drive, don't ask I just don't know how. Some how the OS would self-delete itself and poof all my stuff gone, had to whip out and reinstall everything, until I got DiskWarrior and an external HDD to recover all the data, I would have lost if I just reinstalled everything.

    One thing get an external drive and two get disk warrior
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That's not a drive failure, though. That's a filesystem failure.
     
  5. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    technicality lol

    i wonder how many people actually get a faulty hdd in their computer, would be an interesting thing to try and get out of apple
     
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    While Disk Warrior is okay, Spin Rite trounces it in spades.

    Why do I say this? Well, I've used Spin Rite to recover drives that had filesystem failures and other issues. It works. Plus it is great at checking your HD.

    The only issue with Spin Rite is you need a PC to connect the problem HD for fixing since there is no Mac version.
     
  7. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    I don't mind Disk Warrior, pretty much defrag the hard drive before problems arise.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sorry... I didn't mean it as a technicality. HDs don't ship defective all that often (because of burn in) but they do go bad. If you use them for long enough, it's almost a certainty. HD warranties get used all the time.

    Besides, the OP was talking about getting the HD replaced. You don't get the HD replaced because your fs is borked. You just recover (if you can), then reformat and get on with your life. You get the HD replaced because the HD is borked.
     
  9. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    you got me there :)
     
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Exactly.

    And if your FS is borked, Spin Rite does a wonderful job of recovering it.

    I've had Spin Rite recover HDs that Disk Warrior couldn't touch. The type where Disk Warrior gives up or does not recover anything. Enter Spin Rite and viola all files are there. :cool:
     
  11. Perfectionist thread starter macrumors regular

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    Dang It !! How long do they take to send it back ??

    But how can we be 100% sure !! Does Apple allow you to keep the old drive ??

    How often is that ?? My old Dell is just over 5years old and has never had a HD problem ..... do iMacs usually give out 5 years of trouble free service ??
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I've only had two hd fail; both western digitals. The last one was a month ago. I used Data Recovery II to retrieve about 98% of the files off of it.

    I then took the drive into my back yard and shot it with my 12 gauge.

    No more WD drives for me.
     
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    You are lucky. In the past few years I've had many more due to mechanical failure.

    As for those with FS failure, I've managed to recover all with Spin Rite.

    I like your destruction method. :)
     
  14. oduinnin macrumors regular

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    WTF? You guys all sound like PC Weenies

    In my 15 years of using Macs only once have I had a HD physical failure! And that was in a 5 year old Mac IIci that I bought used.

    I have had file system problems occasionally, but, ALL were recovered using either Disk Warrior, Norton or TechTool Pro.

    The company I work uses Windows PC's as do most of the employees in their private lives. They seemingly have continuous file system troubles, their HD's needing constant maintenance and repair.

    Underlying Mac OS X is BSD, a kernel variant of Unix. Unix systems do their own maintenance behind the scenes and are rock solid.

    Your very best insurance to avoid HD catastrophic failure is to have a back up drive or use RAID 0 (redundant drives).

    Most Apple Stores or Authorized Resellers can repair / replace a HD within a couple of days. Apple does NOT do "at home" repairs on customer hardware.

    Chill out. Enjoy your new Mac :)
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    And it felt really satisfying.
     
  16. hologram macrumors 6502

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    Since when? About 3 years ago I moved out into the sticks, and when I had a motherboard problem on my G4 tower they sent someone out to replace it. I don't know if they still do that, but they used to.

    And, to the OP, instead of asking people who don't know, why not call AppleCare, ask them, and let us know what they say?:rolleyes:

    Edit: it was more like 4+ years ago.
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Google the term "MTBF" ... it happens. It does not happen often. Whether it happens or does not happen to your computer is essentially unrelated to your brand of computer. I've actually never had a catastrophic drive failure either. Like I said before, though, if you do certain things (like run a drive up 100% constantly, i.e. in a fileserver), it almost certainly fail at some point during your usage. Drives fail (or come close enough to it that failure is imminent) at Google and the like all the time. They fail at homes too, just far less frequently.
     
  18. joebells macrumors 6502

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    yeah they just sent someone out to fix my girlfriends imac g5(power supply) 3rd repair on the machine and now the hd is failing(so pissed).
     
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Really? They still do that? I'm sorry about that. But I don't think they do this every time or even frequently... typically it's mediated by the store or mail-in.
     
  20. oduinnin macrumors regular

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    I stand corrected!

    I guess I should have read my Applecare service plan more thoroughly. From the plan:
    The two times I had trouble and called, they asked me to bring in my computer. I assumed therefore, no on-site repairs would be included.

    Next time I need service, I'll insist they come to my home! :eek:
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Wow, I didn't know that either. Good information to have! :)
     
  22. hologram macrumors 6502

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    I think it's at the discretion of the AppleCare rep you talk to. As I said, they sent someone out to fix the motherboard, but a few months later I was having trouble of a different sort and the person I spoke with this time wouldn't send anyone out. He had a completely different attitude. I lived 25-30 miles from the nearest auth. service center at the time, and I think the rep gets to decide based on distance and whether or not he feels like Napoleon that particular day.

    Anyway, if anyone ever does find out how they decide who gets at-home service and who doesn't, please post it here!
     

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