Saturday, September 24, 2005

when is a hard drive failure not a hard drive failure?

no idea if any of the visitors to the funcave have seen this issue, but thought i'd pass along this handy tip.

because so much...is riding under your drive arm.

over the last 6-12 months, perhaps even a bit longer, your friendly neighborhood happyfunboy has had several clients who have had fairly new machines (less than 2 years old) start showing strange crashes, freezes, and even data corruption. and this behavior has been seen on both desktops and laptops.

at first we thought it was a uptick in hard drive failure rates...maybe a bad batch of drives, etc.

lo and behold, as we tested the machines on through, we found the real culprits!

failing memory chips.

and in every single case, it was factory-installed ram, not any memory that had been installed as a subsequent upgrade.

so...before you go calling for a hard drive replacement, run a decent mem tester on the computer first. here's one that has a place in my utility belt.

and...in case you are wondering about the make of the computers in question...

starts with d, rhymes with hell.

stay frosty, kids.

2 Comments:

Blogger Susanne said...

I would love for this blog bite to be published to all those would-be customers of this company so that they can read this and understand why I stand my ground and won't sell this stuff!

2:49 PM  
Blogger happyfunboy said...

only so much a lone happyfunboy can do.

but please...feel free to send as many folks as you'd like to visit the funcave :)

5:48 PM  

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