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[filmscanners] RE: keeping the 16bit scans

> -----Original Message-----
> From: filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk
> [mailto:filmscanners_owner@halftone.co.uk] On Behalf Of Robert Logan
> Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 2:37 PM
> To: frankparis@comcast.net
> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: keeping the 16bit scans

Let me get into this argument...

> Huh - not as reliable as HDs. Youve been lucky - Ive lost
> several over the years,

I agree with this. I've never seen a CD go bad, but you've got to expect
that hard disks will go bad in a couple years on average, if you keep
them spinning 24/7 like I do. If you shut your machine down when you're
not using it, they should last five years, even the new ones that are
only guaranteed for a year. They are, however, so cheap now that I'd
rather reduce the probability of electrical spikes trashing my
electronics by switching it on and off several times a day (that can
also wipe out all your disks, as my son found out) and keep my disks
spinning all the time. Since I mirror, if one goes bad, I just replace
it and I haven't lost any data.

> and more importantly, manufacturers
> are starting to reduce warranties due to lower reliability.

There is no evidence for the lower reliability, however. The reason the
warranties are being reduced is because it's such a cutthroat business.
It is to keep overhead costs down. Disks in general are as reliable as
they ever have been, although an occasional model gets a bad rep, like
the 75 gig IBM drive. But they apparently corrected their problems with
the 120.

Frank Paris

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