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acethebear

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  1. acethebear

    New Mobo Problem

    I double checked that there were no bent pins on the cpu socket, and triple checked that the fan was seated correctly, as well as plugged in.
  2. acethebear

    New Mobo Problem

    Yes, there is power to the cpu. I have no ram installed, that would add variables to the problem I'm trying to narrow down. I have tried it with RAM, but nothing stays on long enough for the mother board to even beep
  3. My brother just bought an Intel i5 4690K as well as a gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3 motherboard as it was time to upgrade his aging processor. I was installing it for him and decided to breadboard it first to make sure everything works. Right of the bat with just the processor, mobo, HSF and PSU hooked up, the whole system would start for a fraction of a second, then turn off for about 5, and attempt to start again. My inclination is that the mother board is shorting out, and was just DOA, but is it possible that his older 700W Raidmax power supply could successfully power his current setup, but not even POST with the new one?
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    Hard Drive Warranty

    I'm just extremely wary of any "refurbished" drive. Out of the two I've gotten from Seagate, one lasted 6 months and the other lasted a year.
  5. acethebear

    Hard Drive Warranty

    Is there any form of warranty I can get on a new hard drive that would guarantee a new drive instead of a refurbished one in the case of mechanical failure?
  6. acethebear

    New HDD needed

    I know it varies from person to person, but I've had multiple Seagate drives fail in the span of just a few years. Regardless if it's just terrible luck, I'm going to stay away. Didn't realize this post was old, woops
  7. acethebear

    4th Failed Hard Drive

    Sorry about no specs, my case is a cooler master storm sniper, so plenty of airflow. My PSU is an 800W silent pro gold from cooler master. Everything plugged into an outlet goes through a strip that claims surge protection, but I don't know much about surge protection, so that may be a reason. I rarely ever move the case, only to clean or work on the inside. I know it could all just be coincidental but there's still a nag that it is my fault. I learned the refurnished ones are awful, and I don't really know what I expected, but they were free because of the warranty on the first one I bought, and its hard to pass up free when you don't have a lot of spending money. Lesson learned though, what brands have you had luck with HDD wise? I don't think I can do Seagate again.
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    4th Failed Hard Drive

    Over the 5 years I've had this computer, I have had 4 different HDDs and one SSD. The SSD has never failed, and has always been purely for OS. Originally I had a 1 TB Seagate barracuda, it lasted for a year and a half, then failed. The refurbished one they sent lasted 6 months, then failed. After 6 months of the second refurbished HDD I purchased another more recent version of a 1 TB Seagate barracuda and set them up in RAID 1 to try and protect my data because I was tired of all the failures. 3/4 year into the RAID 1 setup, the second refurbished drive went out, and somehow took out a chunk of data with it despite being in RAID 1. I attributed the loss to non identical hard drives, and moved on. I did not purchase another barracuda to rebuild the RAID 1 array, so for the last 3/4 year I've been using just the newer barracuda expecting it to last. (Timeline included in case this is hard to follow) Today I was let down again. My computer froze and on reboot, my intel rapid store told me that there was hard drive failure. The odd part is that I can hear the drive start just as it normally does, and hear it run fine. No odd clicking, or data loss immediately prior to the crash and failure. (screenshot included) It is really upsetting to lose data so often, I'm not sure about anyone else, but I tend to store plenty of small things that are meaningful, as well as tons of video games and media. I have two questions, one, is there anything on my end that could be causing such frequent failure? And two, should I give up on this drive now and start over, or is there hope that its not actually a complete failure? because of the lack of warning and familiar HDD sounds.
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    Failing hardrive

    I agree, that was the solution I said I was going to take. I know you can use two different brand drives in a raid setup, but what I really want to know is if the two drives can have different cache sizes or different speeds. Right now 3 GB/s is outdated by the 6 GB/s drives and the 32mb cache by the 64mb cache. Would there be incompatibilities with using a drive like this one?
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    Failing hardrive

    So if I get another drive to clone to, does it need to have the same cache size or anything? I was thinking about maybe once I get my second refurbished drive from seagate, I could put them in a raid 1 setup and have my future data protected that way. Some thoughts on my plan would be great.
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    Failing hardrive

    My hard drive setup was a 60gb crucial m4 ssd that had my operating system and a few basic programs, and a refurbished 1TB Seagate Barracuda that stores media and all my other programs. My first Barracuda crashed after a year, and I got it replaced, but I lost all my data. That is why I have a refurbished one right now. Awhile back, the 1TB refurbished barracuda drive began to crash ever so often, but it wasn't anything major. It passed SeaTools' inspection and I continued to use it. Three days ago it had two major (had to restart multiple times and physically unplug and replug) crashes. The first while I was just browsing the internet, and the second when I tried to run SeaTools' long generic test. I assume since it crashed during SeaTools' long read, that it is under warranty ( Sea Gate's policy is if it goes through the test and doesn't pass, then you send it in and they send you one back to replace it. I assume that if it doesn't even make it through the test that it qualifies as well). After the second crash, I removed it and placed it in an anti static bag until I could figure out what to do. My desktop looks like a barren wasteland of broken shortcuts. My predicament is how I am supposed to keep all of the data on there. It was a pain in the butt to replace everything after my first drive crashed, and I really don't want to have to do it again with even more data (about 800gb). I could buy another drive and clone my failing one onto the new one, but that is sort of expensive. Is there any other alternatives to keeping my data in the exact format it is in now, like keeping it somewhere until I get a replacement drive from seagate, or am I basically S.O.L?
  12. acethebear

    Driver issues

    Not sure if Deng was trying to bump the thread or what, but that was what I had said earlier in the thread. I ended up just reinstalling windows 7. Only a few programs I had to reinstall on account of most of them not having to mess with the registry to run. Thanks for your help everyone, it is much appreciated. Hopefully I learned my lesson and never touch automated driver installers again. XD
  13. acethebear

    Driver issues

    looks like it didn't back up the entire hard drive, only some of it. What I'm confused about is where all the services under the service tab in msconfig have gone. All the basic windows services are there, but used to when I check the box that says "Hide all microsoft services" there were many. Now there is only norton. I can't find anything on google that explains what could have caused this. I did a registry clean in safe mode while those services were disabled. Is it possible that it deleted those services because they were off at the time? Norton won't open when I try. I think because the root service is gone. Edit 1: Looks like the backup dosen't change the registry so my only option now it seems is to do a fresh install. Almost all of my games and files are on my 1tb storage drive. If I reinstall windows on the boot drive, will I still have all the games that were in the storage drive?
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