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[filmscanners] Re: keeping the 16bit scans

A MAjOR (j=XT) hard drive company indirectly admitted to me that there
was a large failure rate on their 7200 rpm drives with standard
bearings.  They have since switched to "liquid bearings" which "may"
resolve this problem.  I guess time will tell.



> Alas Austin, I have to chime in here.  You are speaking about SCSI drives
> not EIDE drives.  I cannot refute or verify what you say about them; but in
> the context of this thread, we are talking about reliability of HD as
> compared to CDs and DVDs for purposes of archiving image files where the
> people engaged in the debate are using precisely those "cheap 7200 rpm EIDE
> hard drives that range in sizes from 30 GB to 200 GB that they can buy
> online or at Circuit City or Best Buy.  Thus, for purposes of this
> discussion as well as the sorts of drives that Frank has in mind, he is
> probably right in his expectations as to the actual life of consumer hard
> drives available today.
> Many of the slower, smaller EIDE hard drives that were being sold only a few
> years ago in my experience have had a better track record and longeviety
> than is the case with the newer faster, larger EIDE drives.  Some of my
> older drives lasted from 5-8 years before either failing or becoming
> obsolete with respect to contemporary comp;uter operating speeds; whereas
> some of the 120 GB EIDE 7200 rpm ATA 133 hard drives from Maxtor and Western
> Digital that I have bought just this year have failed and needed to be
> replaced within a month or two in the case of one Maxtor and one Western
> Digital drive and within 3-6 months in the case of another Maxtor and
> another Western Digital.  This is the first time I have ever had four for
> four drives fail in such a short time after purchase.  It could be unique;
> but I think that it may also be that quality and quality control has gone
> down with cost cutting as well as the higher speeds and larger disks causing
> unanticipated heat problems, resulting in more random failures than was
> previously the case.

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