[windows2000] Re: OT: SMART with harddrives

  • From: "Sorin Srbu" <Sorin.Srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 16:03:13 +0200

On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 09:52:38 -0400, Jeff Malczewski wrote:

>I have purchased re-furbished hard drives on numerous occasions.  It
>usually happens when a customer returns a drive that has been opened
>(whether or not is has been used is usually not a factor) or when a
>customer sends a drive back for warranty and that drive is either a)
>not broken or b) easily repaired.  Read the fine print..  About 6 or 7
>years ago I had a 1.7Gb IDE Seagate, and it went bad.  Seagate's
>solution was to send me a refurbished hard drive for the

I had no idea... I guess we learn something new every day. Thx for
the info!

>> >SS> Just checked a slighly flakey harddrive with a tool called
>> >SS> diskcheckup, and it reported that the particular drive had had
>> >SS> 50875 power on hours. That would translate to about 6 years ontime,
>> >SS> right?
>> >
>> >SS> Now, I know for a fact that this specific hd was bought and
>> >SS> installed (by me) about 8 months ago, so what gives?
>> >
>> >SS> Do any of you what this "power on hours" actually means, as my
>> >SS> initial thought was that it would indicate for how long the drive
>> >SS> been up and running ("on").
>> >
>> >SS> I also checked the other two harddrives on the same computer, and
>> >SS> those also report power-on times in the 50-60k hrs range, in fact
>> >SS> other drives on other computers I checked out of curiousity  also
>> >SS> report totally hillarious power on hours. We do run our servers and
>> >SS> clients 24/7, but none of those are even as old as the hd SMART
>> >SS> power-on flag indicates.
>> >
>> >SS> Is the SMART-features at all reliable??
>> >
>> >SS> This is weird... Thx for any hints
>> >
>> >The only suggestion I'd have is that the drive was refurbished.  I've
>> >bought some hard drives that were great deals only to find out that they
>> >were refurbished and that was not made clear to me at the time of purchase.
>> The particular drive was one of those new maxtor 300GB-series kind
>> of type, so I'd say it's not a refurbished one.
>> Refurbished? How common is that? I've never heard of companies
>> refurbishing harddrives and selling them as new.



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