Last Oct bought a cheap 1Tb USB drive from Maplin to use as the main storage for my music library.
Switched on yesterday and it made seriously wrong, repetitive, clicking noises. Luckily only <10% full, and I had plenty of room on another drive - successfully copied all files across but not without fits and starts.. phew.
In to Shrewsbury tomorrow with the drive and receipt to see how they deal with it.
I've never had a drive fail before. Must be lucky I suppose.
I have tried that, but the drive that failed me, was my C drive, I could not understand why that brandnew PC was running like hell and blamed it all on Vista, I reinstalled and reinstalled time after time, but then a good friend tested the HD for me..
I did not bother to take it to the shop for repair, because they would keep it for days and weeks and I can not live without my PC, so I just bougth a new drive and the PC has runned smothly for 4 years now..
The drive was a Seagate at £80 - well known but are they any good?
Seagate drives used to be good but I have heard reports of some of the later models >1gig with dodgy firmware which can brick the drive under certain circumstances, producing a lovely aluminium paper weight
I would avoid Seagate for this reason and go with Western Digital Green, Blue or Black Caviar depending on where/how the drive will be used. The Green should be avoided if Raid is a requirement as the low power algorithms used in these drives firmware can be interpreted as a drive failure by the Raid Controller.
The Caviar Black is a nice model which incorporates many of WD's advanced features from their expensive Enterprise drives... twin processors, large cache, motor spindle fixed at both ends to prevent vibration, 5yr warranty etc. Slightly noisier than the Green and Blue version but much better performance.