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Monday, December 17, 2007

A New Hard Drive Philosophy

Be nice to your hard drive. This is the new lesson that I learned this past week.

But, it is not only because I lost my hard drive on my Lenovo T61 Thinkpad. Although, it did contribute to my new philosophy.

What really got me started on the new philosophy was Brian. We were sitting in a meeting and I turned over my laptop while it was still on and pulled the battery to charge my other battery (Hmmm, now that I think of it -- Brian still has my other extended battery.) for the trip home. Brian gave me a strange look and asked me if I did that very often with my laptop.

I replied that basically I did it all the time, that was the whole Lenovo ThinkVantage hard drive active protection system was about. It was supposed to protect the drive when there was movement. Plus, if my drive light was not lit, there was not a ton of drive activity -- so the risk was minimal. I thought my perspective made some sense.

I got a look back from Brian that basically made me think he did not agree. Honestly, he would know better than I do.

And with that, just a few hours later -- that is when the drive crashed. Ironic.

Then I started thinking about it a little more. I was constantly moving my computer around while the drive was spinning.

Shut down and undock to go home. I would never wait for the machine to move into sleep mode. I would just shut the top of the laptop, immediately undock and then move the laptop into my laptop backpack.

And that was not the only thing, I had not been very careful when doing most things with the computer whether or not the hard drive was spinning or not.

Thinking about it a little more, and given the failure of my drive recently -- I decided to adopt a new hard drive philosophy. Minimize the movement of the laptop while the drive is on. In fact, do not move it much at all unless it is in the sleep or off state.

So now, when I need to change out my battery or undock my laptop I have changed my behavior a little. First I shut the top, wait for the laptop to complete the sleep process with the drive powering down and only then do I undock.

Hopefully my new philosophy will lead to a longer lasting, more reliable hard drive. Thanks Brian, too bad we did not have this conversation earlier!


sagar said...

I installed p2k and usb drivers It also searched for new hardware it lets me download 1st part but when it goes to this stage "Choose the 'Search for the best driver in these locations' radio button and check only the 'Include this location in the search' checkbox. Enter 'C:\Program Files\p2k\p2kdrivers_2.8' into the text box or 'Browse' to it and click 'Next'.

It says drivers not found please help

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