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    Question 3rd Dead HD, What Gives?

    OK. I have a problem. My first desktop drive died and was replaced on warrantee. The second drive died and I just went out and got a laptop drive. Now the laptop drive has died. What gives? I have been thinking that it is my mounting system. Since the majority of people seem to have their players hard mounted intead of shock mounted, that may be the difference. Could the springs I have the player mounted on actually be causing more problems than they solve?

    I am hoping to get this drive replaced on warrantee, but I would not like to repeat this experience again. As it is, the drive is completely dead and I will most likely have to reload from scratch. This is a large **** off.
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    I never had a problem with HD. Not even bad sectors for over a year now. I don't even have any sort of shock protection, the HD is mounted vertically in a bookPC and I have some foam underneath the box. Perha[ps it could be your sound system interfering or powersupply gone bad.
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    aaron: maybe it is the shock protection. how was it setup? I can picture in my head how TOO MUCH bounce could have a negative effect on the hard drive...can't really explain it but i'm sure you know what i mean. basically you want it to give a litttle, but not enough so that it's bouncing around everytime you drive over a pebble.
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    i am sure it is the mount....and moahdib i am sure it is that foam that is keeping ur HD alive up until now. Also i suspect you dont drive ur car really hard or maybe u have a very well designed suspension.
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    Yeah, probably the "suspension" for your player... No-one else has it, and no-one else has problems..

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    I have no suspension system. No foam. My laptop HD (IBM) is just screwed into (laying flat) into the computer, which is sitting on the floor of my trunk.

    No problems with the drive. No bad sectors.

    I do get other problems, though. :/
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    Do you have low profile tires on your car? Is the suspension rough? It could be the car causing the unecessary vibrations. But then again, it could be mounting.
    I have mine mounted in foam vertically in a computer case and the only problem that I have is when my subs are pounding too hard the computer just freezes up.
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    My HDs were dying all the time due to the "washboard roads of Detroit, MI. So I went to a comp show and bought 15 540mb HDs for 5 bucks each. Those babies run Windows. When they die, I just pop a new one in. As for all my songs and stuff, I have one of those external jobbies. Put that in some egg shell foam stuff and it seems to be fine.

    Suspensions for your comp sound like a good idea, but if they just prevent hard shocks to your HD but cause lots of freely moving around - its probably not any better. Analogy: If you get carsick easily and get on a swing - even though its a smooth ride you are still gonna get a little queezy...eveyone get that analogy? Sorry if ya dont. Its late and I am getting my fix before a long weekend with no mp3car.com

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    What happens when you run out???

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    I go through 2 maybe 3 a year. 4 years from now I might be out. By then I will assume that all of our HD troubles will be fixed.
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