||[Apr. 1st, 2002|09:58 am]
The Veritable TechNinja
|||||The Funky Lowlives - Latazz||]|
No sleep for me, too much coffee. I still hold the memory of installing this hard drive fresh in my brain, yet it's only got 15 gigs free. I've used 40 of it. However, it is rife with wacky AVI action. Trigun, Lain, Zim... Gone in 60 Seconds, Fear And Loathing, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels... Who needs a VCR? Thank you, Jen, I worship your downloading prowess. Time to scrounge up something vaguely resembling breakfast. I miss the lovely lady already. We could go have belgain waffles.
I have calculated that with planned obsolescence being what it is, and the way that factors into really shitty, cheap-ass manufacturing processess, that by the time I actually fill my 60 gig drive it will have long since stopped functioning.
Yet despite this, I've seen drives recently that go up to 120+ gigs.
Should've bought a better quality hard drive, like a Seagate or a Western Digital, then. Besides, I'm getting a drive array for my office that's 460 GB, 200 meg/second transfer rate, too.
Well, I originally had an old 8x CD-ROM that lasted me about five years. Then it finally died when idiot psycho-ex refused to quit smoking in the computer room. So then I bought a x40 speed drive. It died in one month, no smokes involved. Motor burnout. So I bought a x50 speed drive. It died in 3 weeks. Motor burn out.
So when I went on e-bay to find a CD-R/W, I went out of my way to find the slowest speed I could - x4. It's been running faithfully ever since.
You see, when they make them faster or bigger, they usually aren't upgrading the quality of the parts they are using - they are just pushing them faster or cramming more into the same design. Thus, higher rate of failure.
Which is why I'm pretty sure my HD will be dead long before it's full. And it's a Western Digital - I never buy anythying else. Go figure... (I'd hate to imagine what generics are like) ... I've gotten an average of 3 years of life out of every drive I buy from them.
I smoke in front of my computer, and my CD-ROM drive lived for over three years. Dunno, I think it was just it's time. And as for speed and it's inverse relationship with quality, that's rarely true. It's still the old rule, you get what you pay for. As for WD, it's true. They're good drives, and you can expect it to last about three years. However, for like $5 more, you can get a Seagate, and I've never seen a Seagate die. I own three of them now, not even the 2.1GB is shot yet. Fujitsus, IBMs (which are just refurbished B-stock Fujitsus with a new label), and Quantums are good for about a year, if you don't get a dud. Maxtors are just too low in quality control, they could live forever or die the day you format them. As for no-namers, they're probably a relabeled Fujitsu anyway.
I'm pretty embarrased to say that Maxtor hard drives are the only thing we sell where I work. I wish we carried WD still, but its been at least over two years since I last saw one there.
Lindsay's Atari 2600 still works fine to this day ...