Anatomy of a failed hard drive

Failed Western Digital WD200 hard drive

The failed drive, after thousands of hours of tortured service. This poor disk ran everything from Windows 2K to Red Hat Linux, powered desktops and later test servers, and gave its life trying to birth a new Fedora Core installation.

Erik Eckel

By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...