Why do apple Hard Drives die so much???

AJ Muni

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It happend to me in april, and ive been reading alot of people having the same problem. Why do the hard drives just freeze and shut down?? I hope none of you ever experience that "folder with the flashing question mark thing"...it was one of the saddest days of my life... :(......I've also noticed it happens the most to people with notebooks..
 

CanadaRAM

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Apple hard drives don't break down any more often than any other manufacturers' -- they are after all the same mechanisms from Hitachi, Seagate, Fujitsu and Toshiba.

Most often, its not the hard drive that's broken but the OS on the hard drive that's borked -- Repairing directory structure (Disk Utiltiy, DiskWarrior, TechTool Pro), reinstalling OS and/or reformatting and reinstalling OS fix this most times.

Laptop hard drives just have a much harsher environment to operate in - subject to movement, shocks, changes in temperature, and overheating, so they fail more than desktop drives (this is common across the board of laptop miniturized, light weight, low voltage components)

Oh, and I'm willing to bet that Mac downtime due to OS problems is WAAAY less than Windows OS downtime.
 

AJ Muni

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iMatt mini said:
This doesn't sound like something I want to here, I just purchased an iBook. Tell me it was a joke. :eek:
didnt mean to burst your bubble imatt, my girlfreind has had like 3 macs and this has never happend to her...the one thing I KNO...is that my ibook died in the middle of my flight back from hawaii. the "genious" at the apple store said it "could of" been the altitude....but after reading all these different cases...i doubt that....
 

Duff-Man

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Duff-Man says....Okay, for one, Apple does not make hard drives - they buy them from Maxtor, Seagate, WD etc etc just as does Dell, Compaq/HP etc etc etc...just about every drive manufacturer has had bad batches of drives go out the door...it happens....I support a large network of Windoze boxes at work and we had a bunch of Compaq pc's come in a while back and had several bad hard drives...this is not just an "apple" thing....oh yeah!
 

AJ Muni

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CanadaRAM said:
Apple hard drives don't break down any more often than any other manufacturers' -- they are after all the same mechanisms from Hitachi, Seagate, Fujitsu and Toshiba.

Most often, its not the hard drive that's broken but the OS on the hard drive that's borked -- Repairing directory structure (Disk Utiltiy, DiskWarrior, TechTool Pro), reinstalling OS and/or reformatting and reinstalling OS fix this most times.



Laptop hard drives just have a much harsher environment to operate in - subject to movement, shocks, changes in temperature, and overheating, so they fail more than desktop drives (this is common across the board of laptop miniturized, light weight, low voltage components)

Oh, and I'm willing to bet that Mac downtime due to OS problems is WAAAY less than Windows OS downtime.
in my case it WAS THE HARD DRIVE...because it kept clicking, and the genious said it was stuck. p.s. i used disk warrior AND disk utility...no luck
 

AJ Muni

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Duff-Man said:
Duff-Man says....Okay, for one, Apple does not make hard drives - they buy them from Maxtor, Seagate, WD etc etc just as does Dell, Compaq/HP etc etc etc...just about every drive manufacturer has had bad batches of drives go out the door...it happens....I support a large network of Windoze boxes at work and we had a bunch of Compaq pc's come in a while back and had several bad hard drives...this is not just an "apple" thing....oh yeah!
your right...i'll edit...
 

iMatt mini

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AJ Muni said:
didnt mean to burst your bubble imatt, my girlfreind has had like 3 macs and this has never happend to her...the one thing I KNO...is that my ibook died in the middle of my flight back from hawaii. the "genious" at the apple store said it "could of" been the altitude....but after reading all these different cases...i doubt that....
It's Genius. :p
I love when people spell smart words wrong. Kind of funny. Sorry to pick on you though. Common mistake.



Carry on. :D
 

AJ Muni

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iMatt mini said:
It's Genius. :p
I love when people spell smart words wrong. Kind of funny. Sorry to pick on you though. Common mistake.



Carry on. :D
lol i knew i spelled it wrong...but i was too lazy to fix it...darn i should of used dictionary widget!!
:cool: ...p.s. imatt, im not trying to scare ya, jus back your stuff up. i had bought my ibook on 1/1/05, and the HD crashed 4/25/05...
 

gregorydanger

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It happened to be four times within the first 2 months of having my first iBook.

Not Apple's fault, but it does become their fault when they refuse to replace it until you demand on the fourth failure that they do so. :)

Anyhoo. It happens and that sucks but as long as you have AppleCare you should be just fine.
 

AJ Muni

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gregorydanger said:
It happened to be four times within the first 2 months of having my first iBook.

Not Apple's fault, but it does become their fault when they refuse to replace it until you demand on the fourth failure that they do so. :)

Anyhoo. It happens and that sucks but as long as you have AppleCare you should be just fine.
yea im HEAVILY considering getting applecare this december...but it still sux cuz u lose everything on ur HD.
 

iMatt mini

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AJ Muni said:
lol i knew i spelled it wrong...but i was too lazy to fix it...darn i should of used dictionary widget!!
:cool: ...p.s. imatt, im not trying to scare ya, jus back your stuff up. i had bought my ibook on 1/1/05, and the HD crashed 4/25/05...
I have an external DVD Drive. I'll back important stuff up on a DVD. :)
Hey, I use Windows now, and I never back ANYTHING up. I'm a risky guy. :cool:
 

AJ Muni

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by the way imatt, your gonna loooooooooove your ibook. just make sure u get some more ram (by it from crucial)....DANG did i mispell again? :p
 

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AJ Muni said:
in my case it WAS THE HARD DRIVE...because it kept clicking, and the genious said it was stuck. p.s. i used disk warrior AND disk utility...no luck
Shoulda stuck it in the freezer :cool: Old-school solution.
 

iMatt mini

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AJ Muni said:
by the way imatt, your gonna loooooooooove your ibook. just make sure u get some more ram (by it from crucial)....DANG did i mispell again? :p
Well for one, you misspelt "Mispell" haha. It's two S's. And Love only has one O :p
"u" should be You.
Ok, done being a spelling Nazi.
 

numediaman

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I've been an Apple customer since '82 and have never had a hard drive die. Of course, my first Apple computer did not come with any hard drive, but at least the dual floppy drives never broke down either.
 
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