The Big Think

May 22, 2007

Dead Drive

Filed under: Mac OS X Crashes — jasony @ 12:30 pm

Grr… got a great deal on a 320gb drive from the other day. I installed the drive yesterday and put some data on it (a carbon copy clone of my OS 9 partition). I let it run for 24 hours, intending to wipe the other drives today and reinstall everything from scratch. Well, on one of my reboots that drive went completely belly-up. I get a kernel panic on reboot. Took the drive out and the computer booted fine. So it’s definitely something to do with the drive.

I have had really bad luck when it comes to drives. According to published statistics, the “infant mortality” of drives (failure within the first three months) is somewhere between 1-3%, so it’s odd that I would get one. I’ve also had terrible luck when it comes to brand new computers. Of the last six Macintosh computer I have owned (and LC, a Performa 635cd, a G3/333, a Powerbook, and my current G4, plus Erin’s new iMac), five of them have had to have their drives wiped and the OS reinstalled in the first 24 hours. In a few cases the computers wouldn’t boot at all after a few hours, and in some there were significant freezes or lockups that were solved by a reinstall. Fortunately, when it comes to a new machine, a complete lobotomy/drive wipe/reinstall isn’t that traumatic since there’s nothing of value on the drive yet, but it has made me very skeptical of newer machines and drives. Once my system is stable and functioning well I don’t like to mess with it.

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Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 10:00 am

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