Another One Bites The Dust

April 29, 2009 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Since 1976 I’ve owned and used computers of one sort or another, from a CPM Kaypro II:

kaypro II

An escapee from the Smithsonian?

In its day, it was a fine computer in spite of being the dictionary definition of slow. When I was working on a 90 page film script, after hitting “save” I had a 15 minute wait.

to a Mac G4 Powerbook:

powerbook-level

This computer usage of mine has been going on since the ’70’s, and in all that time I’ve usually done my own repairs when possible.

In the past month I’ve replaced the hard drive in two of my Powerbooks, there was nothing wrong with either of those original drives other than I needed more storage space for my work.

In all these years I’ve spent at a keyboard, I’ve had a hard drive failure occur exactly three times. Of these three failures, two were external firewire type drives, and the other was one of the above mentioned replacement drives, in use for less than two weeks.

Of these three drives that failed on me, all three of them were made or sold by the Western Digital company. I know that some might say that those figures indicate a rate of 100%, and there’s not much room for an argument there.

And how did I happen to have that third one that failed? When I bought it, it was a 160 gig drive that was on sale at Fry’s at a really great price, so my rush to get a bargain overpowered my common sense, and I failed to pay attention to the small print on the box. On later examination, I noticed that it showed a small logo (W.D.) So it was indeed a Western Digital product.

Now for reasons that are very obvious even to me (not a legal professional), I can’t say that Western Digital Hard Drives are prone to failure, at least I can’t say it out loud, but I can say for sure that my most recent WD drive will no longer be called my third WD drive, it’s going to be called my last one.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as everyone knows, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.

Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..  

P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….

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