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Sat 26 Feb 2005

Hitachi Travelstar 7,200rpm 60GB 2.5"drive

Category : mac and the internet

I have been using a 6GB external hardisk to backup my <2GB mail folder daily. It contains my email and all the attachments that I send or receive, so its a crucial backup. I have mail way back to 1998 and already just this year alone, I have had to delve back to the late 90's to find operation procedures or ideas relevant for current projects, saving mee lots of time.

But I have been nervously anticipating hiccups in my 6GB 4,200 RPM hardisk which was an upgrade salvaged from my Powerbook 1400 three years ago. I had popped into a Firewire/USB combo 2.5" Clearlight casing I purchased at Comex 2002 on the leap day! The casing (3 years old) and hardisk (at least 5 years old) have worked without a fault, but I wanted to pre-empt problems.

So when I received an IT budget to help with my work, I decided to upgrade this daily backup hardisk. I bought a Hitachi Travelstar 60GB 7,200rpm 2.5" drive from Storage Solutions at Sim Lim Square and popped it into the old Clearlight external hardisk case.

However, I was unable to initialise the hardisk successfully - it failed to mount. Disk Utility was even indicating the disk was 128GB; how wild is that? I even tried initiliasing it as a DOS disk - it could now mount, but errors were popping up when I tried backing up files. And it still exagerrated its capacity.

In the end, back at Storage Studio, we inserted the 2.5" disk into some other new external casing. We initialised tthe disk as a journaled Mac OS X disk and mounted it without a fault. Popped it back into the old Clearlight case, and it gave all the right readings. Its working fine now, and it appears the external hardisk case was just too old, though salvageable.

I'm all backed up and happy now, for at least the next three years...

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