How does a hard drive just die?
I have pretty much completed my system and am finishing off some last steps. Well the hard drive that I bought to go in my system (Fujitsu 10 GB 3.5" manufactured in May 2000) has been working fine from day one and I had copied every CD I own onto it in MP3 format.
Well about a week ago I had everything installed except the LCD so I took my monitor out to the car with an extension cord for power and tested everything. It worked great with the exception of the hard drive freezing a couple times when I had the stereo turned up (loud bass notes). This I can understand so I thought nothing of it. Well it was in the car for the last week mounted vertically with no suspension and hasn't been used. I get my LCD in the car and fire it up just to find the hard drive doesn't boot.
It was spinning then stopping, spinning then stopping. It sounds bad. It would slowly start booting up, then stop, then continue, then stop. I brought it in the house and it won't do anything. I can't even boot from floppy. In fact I had it as the secondary drive and it stopped the primary drive from booting.
As much as I need all my work to go down the toilet is there anything that can be done to salvage information or repair? Before I buy another I want to be sure this doesn't happen again. I haven't heard of anybodies dying after a week without even using it. Huge waste of $100 if I do say so.