Let's discuss hard drive issues (yet again) - Potentially serious problem
Okay, I've read almost every thread and post relating to the whole hard drive situation. Some people say they've never had any problems and others (the OP's) do have the problem, and it seems like it's never solved. I have a 2.5" 250GB harddrive that is mounted on the rubber pieces on top of screws. My computer was initially bolted down under my seat, but then i unbolted it because i was having hard drive issues and needed to bring the computer into my house. The hard drive issues are that on turns, and i guess a combination of bumps and normal vibrations in addition to the turns, there is a grinding noise, i believe caused by the platter spinning and being disrupted by the combination of turns, vibration and bumps, usually though my system wouldn't freeze, but sometimes it would, so i'd have to restart the computer using the manual switch, and it would make me go into Windows Repair (since i don't have a keyboard in my house, i couldn't go down to the "Start Windows Normally" option", and when it would go into repair, i couldn't continue without the keyboard, i dont know if there is a way to get the touchscreen to work when it is in repair mode). Ok so that is essentially the problem, the grinding --> freezing --> repair mode. I don't think i've gotten a disk read error, i had desktop problems recently and i can't distinguish whether or not it was the carpc or the desktop that was having the disk read error.
Ok so solutions, i have one method i want to try, first i want to purchase SATA data and power extension cables, there's actually all in one extension cables out there as well, and then run it to say, the console storage box/arm rest storage. I want to completely pad it and have the hard drive in it, so that maybe the effects of vibration and turning and bumps may be eliminated due to a lot of cushioning, definitely making it anti-static first. I think the problems i'm having currently arise from the back that it is directly screwed onto the motherboard tray of the case, so when the car and case experiences turns and bumps and vibration, the harddrive has really no cushioning or protection (i dont think the rubber is doing anything b/c of the fact that it is still mounted on screws to the plate) and a much more cushioned surrounding would be helpful.
Has anyone done something similar, or had similar problems? My other method that i will go forth with if the first method fails is to get an SSD, clone the harddrive over to it and probably run it strictly for OS purposes, and really limit the writing and deleting of data on it, because of the life cycles of SSDs, which i am still not even close to understanding or knowing the truth about, is it really 5 years? Even if you run it strictly for OS? And what if you use it for storage of media and stuff but don't write/delete stuff onto/from it very often or intensely?
Any input would be great!! I'm starting to get annoyed w/ having to have my carpc completely offline, especially when driving to work, school, and distant places!!!