Farewell to a dead hard drive…..September 24, 2012
Goodbye, Dear Friend (My EIDE 160 Gigabyte, Western Digital Caviar Hard drive.)
I can’t remember exactly how long I’ve had you; but it has to be almost ten years ago now, back when I started buying “larger” (at the time) hard drives in 2002-2003. The label says you were born in Malaysia.
You’ve been thrown around at countless live recordings; in and out of briefcases, cars, planes, vans, even dropped on the ground a few times. More than once, you’ve been accidentally left out in a cold (below freezing) garage overnight, as well as the heat of summer.
You’ve powered up again and again without a glitch or a worry; you’ve spun your platters millions (billions?) of times capturing and retrieving data for me without fail.
Not unlike the Voyager spacecraft, you’ve worked longer than I ever thought you would; far exceeding the mere $100 or so that I paid for you. You were a remarkable investment then, and still are.
You made it through this past season without a complaint, holding precious data right through the summer, finally copying out the last few projects from the spring of 2012. Little did I know it would your last data transfer…
And then suddenly, one cool, clear crisp day in September, you were gone….just a quiet little gasp of a spin during power up, and then…nothing. No more data, no more gigs; just stillness and quiet; a blank icon in my computer’s display.
So goodbye, dear 160 Gig WD EIDE hard drive; you owe me nothing, you’ve served me well; you even picked the best time to fail; right here at home. I’ll find a good home for your now-dormant boot sector info and physical remains at my local recycling center.
We’ve had a good run together, you and I. I hope your replacement works half as well as you did!