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Originally Posted by kcsummer View Post

Thanks for your info/suggestions. I guess I'm confused about your suggestion about don't need to install SnowLeopard just create a new account. How would creating a new account fix a corrupted / damaged operating system? Thank you for the tip about the hardware test. I shall certainly do so and report whatever the results are..


It was just a comment on the propensity for users to think that an OS reinstall is necessary as a troubleshooting step. It rarely is. Your symptoms were more likely a result of the bad hard disk, and not necessarily a corrupted OS install. In essence, my recommendation is to start troubleshooting in small steps - for example, if your car won't start, it's usually a good idea to check to see if there's gas in the tank before you start rebuilding the engine

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I'm curious what makes a hard disk fail? This is my second mac. The first one I used extensively and it never gave me any trouble until it was stolen but that's another issue.
Hard disks, being mechanical in nature, are subject to mechanical failure. It's also possible for the surface of the platters to become desensitized. Some are more reliable than others. This is why backups are so crucial. It's not a question of "if" your hard disk will fail, but "when".

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anyway, this newer one I have not used so much, not nearly as much as the previous running Tiger. What circumstances would contribute to a disk failure?
Anything from the quality of the mechanism, how warm it runs, to whether it was ever exposed to vibration or dropping. I've seen hard drives that lasted for decades, while others failed within months. It's just the nature of the beast.

Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!
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