[windows2000] Re: OT: SMART with harddrives

  • From: "Sorin Srbu" <Sorin.Srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 16:15:41 +0200

On Tue, 24 Aug 2004 10:08:31 -0400, Jeff Malczewski wrote:

>No problem..  However, I doubt that ALL the hard drives you have are
>refurbished (or were they all purchased together in one lot?)...   

No, they weren't. I don't keep that big a stock on the shelves,
only two-three for emergencies. ANyway, that 300G-drive was
purchased separately.

>I'd keep
>poking around..  Perhaps contact the drive's manufacturer?  They might be
>able to provide some insight on this..

I have now changed it from being 2ry slave to 1ry slave, and so far
it's still working fine. 

It almost seemed as if it got disconnected somehow, as I heard the
"drive disconnected"-ping after some 15-30 minutes after each
reboot, at which point it would be up and avtive for another 15-30
minutes. I'm not quite sure this should happen with harddrives in
win2k server sp4, or should it...?? It's a regular at-drive, and
not usb, fw, or whatever.

I'll let it run for a while and see what happens till tomorrow

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Sorin Srbu [mailto:Sorin.Srbu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 10:03 AM
>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [windows2000] Re: OT: SMART with harddrives
>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
>>> 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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