External hard drive failed. Comic will be late.

EDIT: I did not keep anything sensitive on the external drive, only a backup, videos, and old image files I have elsewhere.

Discussion (26) ¬

  1. 2MK


  2. slacks315

    :( I hate it when that happens. They need to make better quality merchandise.

  3. EchoFireant

    Aww :( anyways, once things happen, it happens.

  4. DZ

    Sorry to hear that, I hope you don’t have to replace it.

  5. Thoth

    I’m sorry about that. Ah well, more time to analyze things… (Insert maniacal laughter here).

  6. Rider098

    To imagine I just bought one the other day. I thought the internal ones had the problems!

    Sorry to hear that, but we can wait, these things happen.

  7. GameCobra

    Hooray! Sleep!

    nah, i kid. Sad to hear though, Rick. Hopefully you get it figured out soon :)

  8. Dontar

    Oh Noes!

    I gots external too, 500gb only cost bout $70 – $100

  9. Cerberus

    Well it happens to the best of us. Im pretty sure we can all survive a little bit without an update.

  10. rWolf1991

    Aw that sucks. I guess more time for me to read Firehybrid’s fanfic! :)

    • Rick Griffin

      Firehybrid you say

      • rWolf1991

        Ya I saw your Deviantart account and saw that was your favorite writer so when I was bored yesterday I went and looked him up and started to read new beginning went I was at school. Now I can’t stop reading ot because it’s so good. :)

  11. Richard Lin

    Im pretty good at harddrive data recovery

  12. Residentfriendly

    I broke my HD a few weeks ago…got a data extraction estimate and turned out to be around 1,300 us dollar to extract…hopefully u don’t have the same problem xP

    • Rick Griffin

      I didn’t keep much of anything important in it! What I did keep in it I can get off of my old hard drive anyway. They really need to make computers more durable though.

      • Tapewolf

        Sadly, this is something hard disks just do. Always have done and always will until they’re replaced by flash or phase-change memory (at which point they might fail in other ways).

        The only thing you can do is make sure you have multiple copies of everything important, burn them to CD or DVD or something. USB sticks help but aren’t really guaranteed to retain data for more than 5-15 years.

        Always make sure you have a way to back up the main PC as well :-S

        • FuRrY321

          The only hard disk drives that don’t fail are Solid State Drives, or SSDs, and that is because, as the name implies, there is no disc that rotates. These drives are small, and small in capacity (max. I’ve seen so far is 320GB, though I can’t remember where I saw that) and are extremely expensive.

          If you have any experience in replacing internal hard drives, or if you built your PC from scratch or from a barebones kit, and you have the money, I’d recommend getting at least one SSD for backup. They should come with an adapter for the internal drive bays (3.5″) or external bays (5.25″), and because of the lack of a spinning disc, they don’t vibrate, ergo, they make no noise.

          • Tapewolf

            SSDs are good for laptops for that reason. I’ve used a Compactflash -> IDE bridge for one laptop which doesn’t need a big disk and the attraction of the EeePC was that it had a flash HDD instead of a mechanical one.

            However, SSDs can fail. Flash burns out eventually as it has a low number of read-write cycles. MLC flash (used in cheaper and higher-density drives) has a substantially shorter life. The data fades into nothing after 15 years tops, probably less than 5 for MLC-3 since the tolerances are correspondingly worse.
            Also, if anything goes wrong with the controller you’ll have lost the whole disk, much like a mechanical HD. This has been reported a few times.

            So no, they do fail. But for all that, they are a heck of a lot more reliable than mechanical disks and if I could afford one of a suitable size I’d buy one like a shot.

          • tahrey

            TW: You need a decent SSD and controller as well to get any proper benefit. My attempt to replace an old laptop’s 800mb drive with a 2Gb compact flash resulted in slow, slow performance, and then failure when too many writes burnt it out. “Modern” ones are allegedly far better, but this was within the last 5 years, so hmmm… But the 800mb is still ticking, along with the many other ancient low-capacity drives that clutter up my dusty cupboards and occasionally get pulled out for nostalgia’s sake.

            However if your controller goes, don’t you just need to replace it with another one of the same type (or sub the flash chips into a donor device with the same)? It doesn’t have any memory of its own does it? I had been assured – e.g. by comparitive destruction tests on TV and the web – that flash was better for data security than spinning disks because of this. Replacing the electronics or transplanting the platters on a hard disk is a fool’s errand because of how closely tuned the circuits are to the data patterning (or the other way round to be pedantic, as one causes the other) and the unlikelihood of your having access to a cleanroom. But flash is a creature of pure data… same as swapping RAM between PCs – so long as the specs match, you’re golden.

  13. JuniorMint

    Time to get the Fix-it Brick!

  14. Pikakitty

    what brand was it?

    • tahrey

      Yeah… was it a Seagate (aka Maxtor, too) or Western Digital? Seen a LOT of faults with those of late – though my stolen ones were a Max (…an RMA replacement for a DOA itself) and a WD Mybook (which never quite worked right, on the interface side although the physical bits seemed solid). They’re a year-old vintage though, the quality drop seems to be in the last few months.

      I’d throw my lot in with Fujitsu (made my laptop HD, had a lot of abuse), Hitachi (ex IBM, generally good after the 75GXP blip) or Samsung right now. The latter having made the core drives in my two new Iomegas…

  15. icarus

    owch D: i keep all my site/comic files on an external hd too. i’m constantly afraid of it failing. poor you!

    • Tapewolf

      So buy a couple of others and mirror it to them. I have a backup process where I dump the main computer disks onto a terabyte external disk once a month. I have two of these, I keep one at home and the other in my desk at work and swap them over each month so they are never all in the same place at once.

  16. Argent Stonecutter

    Anything you have only on one hard drive… you don’t really have.

    Get two drives and mirror them, or keep a running archive of new stuff on DVD, or something.

    I’ve been a backup maniac for years and I’m still missing stuff from 20 years ago I was *sure* I had kept archived.

    One day I’ll have to find a QIC-60 tape drive somewhere and try and read all those 60MB cartridge tapes I have from the ’80s.

  17. tahrey

    BTW, stay the frick away from tape based archiving unless you’re a business running daily/weekly incrementals with quite a few tapes and at least a couple of drives – they’re not exactly failure proof themselves, expensive in small amounts, and can suffer a Zipdrive-like “click of death” phenomenon where a fault on one tape affects the mechanism, that then knocks out the other tapes you try to use with it (better if one breaks to immediately retire both the tape and drive for further testing and failover to the other drive(s) and tapes)

    Yeah, I had that happen. Right after I was upgrading a PC and someone bumped me, sending the (3.2Gb omg it was massive at the time!) hard disk spiralling 4-5ft onto the deck. Got some of the stuff off onto Zips (it was an oldskool Seagate after all) but it eventually breathed its last. Went to restore the latest backup ………… snarl! goes the tape, having got condensation on it somehow ….. and so does the carefully-dried secondary one, because the drive transport got mullered. Whoops. When did you last see an optical drive do that? All you really need to do with them is keep them in moderate temperature and humidity, and AS DARK AS POSSIBLE :D The ones left out in the sun die sooooo fast, to the extent that if you have one sitting offset on top of another for a couple of weeks you can see an “elbow” on the error rate chart when the read head gets to the exposed bit.

    Businesses use tapes for convenience, reasonable security, speed and the way that they become a lot cheaper when you’re doing mahoosive backups on a very regular basis…