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Old November 22, 2008, 08:59 PM
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I got a 500GB HDD, my first seagate...

and on system start up it clicks like mad and grinds a little bit.... also happens whenever it is forced to seek...

I ran the HDtune test and it found 0 bad sectors....

if this HDD is going to fail I want it to fail within my 30 day warranty with NCIX so I get a new one and not a refurb

any ideas on how I can force it to fail?
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Old November 22, 2008, 09:40 PM
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Actually, RMAing a HDD to NCIX also results in a refurb.
I found that out first hand by RMAing a WD.


EDIT: As for making it fail, Kloostec ran Bonnie++ on his 1.5TB Seagates.
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Old November 22, 2008, 09:45 PM
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really? I thought that if you RMA'd something to NCIX you would get a new one regardless of item...


and since if the item is defective NCIX will wave the 15% restocking fee couldnt you just "return" and rebuy the drive?...though I'd have to pay shipping again which would suck for just 1 HDD

seems like I'll have to talk to my rep

thanks DH
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Old November 22, 2008, 11:31 PM
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Actually, RMAing a HDD to NCIX also results in a refurb.
I found that out first hand by RMAing a WD.


EDIT: As for making it fail, Kloostec ran Bonnie++ on his 1.5TB Seagates.
RMA a drive to ncix and you should get a new drive not a refurb. If you get a refurb you got ripped off.
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Old November 22, 2008, 11:54 PM
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Not always true. Sometimes we get refurb drives back from the manufacturer, sometimes we get new ones. It'll depend what we get.
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Old November 23, 2008, 12:04 AM
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Not always true. Sometimes we get refurb drives back from the manufacturer, sometimes we get new ones. It'll depend what we get.
Thats not very re-assuring. I was under the assumption any drive bought was "new" not a possible refurb.
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Old November 23, 2008, 05:23 AM
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wrap it in packing to prevent external damage, and throw it off the roof a few times!
dunno if it would work, but it would be fun!
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not exactley as it sounds....

I got a 500GB HDD, my first seagate...

and on system start up it clicks like mad and grinds a little bit.... also happens whenever it is forced to seek...

I ran the HDtune test and it found 0 bad sectors....

if this HDD is going to fail I want it to fail within my 30 day warranty with NCIX so I get a new one and not a refurb

any ideas on how I can force it to fail?
If it's clicking and grinding, send in a ticket or get them to call you. I'd be asking for an RMA based solely on that without waiting for a bad sector.
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Old November 24, 2008, 07:12 AM
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I agree with sswilson. Online RMA w. Seagate doesn't even ask for a reason. I've also called Seagate once I found the Canadian RMA is sent to a UPS depot in Mississauga. As I didn't have time for a long drawn out turnover (UPS sucks) they provided ADVANCE shipping of the new drive (no credit card req'd) and I received an email from UPS w. a return shipping label - PREPAID by Seagate. When the new drive arrived within 4-5 days, I opened box - took out new drive - dropped in RMA drive and handed box w. label back to driver. Done - best RMA experience I've ever had!

Putting NCIX in the middle is only going to take longer and open the door to more possible screwups. Deal direct IMO.
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