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Message 1368224 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 17:51:58 UTC

I'm leaving Seti@home because the work it's being asked to do is killing my computer.

I downloaded the newest version of Boinc which seemed to improve transfer speeds. However, it seems to be putting a strain on my hard disk. When I boot up there is this horrid crunching sound which I've learned from experience is heard before a hard disk failure. Also an annoying hum is heard when it's simply crunching numbers and has been on for more than one hour. The hum gets louder the longer Boinc is running. I know the cause is Boinc because when I stop it the hum stops.

I uninstalled Boinc this morning and things are much quieter.

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Message 1368227 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 17:55:07 UTC - in response to Message 1368224.

I'm leaving Seti@home because the work it's being asked to do is killing my computer.

I downloaded the newest version of Boinc which seemed to improve transfer speeds. However, it seems to be putting a strain on my hard disk. When I boot up there is this horrid crunching sound which I've learned from experience is heard before a hard disk failure. Also an annoying hum is heard when it's simply crunching numbers and has been on for more than one hour. The hum gets louder the longer Boinc is running. I know the cause is Boinc because when I stop it the hum stops.

I uninstalled Boinc this morning and things are much quieter.

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Quitting Boinc is not going to spare your hard drive.
You need to make a complete backup and get a new hard drive ASAP before it fails completely. And once they start making bad sounds, that usually is not very long.
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Message 1368239 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 18:42:07 UTC

You obviously have a failing hard drive, now how is that Seti or Boincs fault? You are being rather unfair here.

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Message 1368252 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 19:18:24 UTC - in response to Message 1368239.

You obviously have a failing hard drive, now how is that Seti or Boincs fault? You are being rather unfair here.

I suppose S@H could have brought about a premature failure of his drive (or maybe not, depending on how old it is), but Mark is right: now that the damage is done, he needs to clone it to a new drive, and SOON.

The whine could be a failing fan.

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Message 1368256 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 19:38:45 UTC - in response to Message 1368227.

I'm leaving Seti@home because the work it's being asked to do is killing my computer.

I downloaded the newest version of Boinc which seemed to improve transfer speeds. However, it seems to be putting a strain on my hard disk. When I boot up there is this horrid crunching sound which I've learned from experience is heard before a hard disk failure. Also an annoying hum is heard when it's simply crunching numbers and has been on for more than one hour. The hum gets louder the longer Boinc is running. I know the cause is Boinc because when I stop it the hum stops.

I uninstalled Boinc this morning and things are much quieter.

See ya 'round the galaxy.

Tom Austin

Quitting Boinc is not going to spare your hard drive.
You need to make a complete backup and get a new hard drive ASAP before it fails completely. And once they start making bad sounds, that usually is not very long.

Agreed, of course the hdd may have failed already since He posted for all know, hopefully not though.
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Message 1368258 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 19:43:48 UTC

I'll agree here. Your Hard Drive was most likely failing already.

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Message 1368279 - Posted: 15 May 2013, 20:32:20 UTC

S@H places very low demands on the hard disk.
However if it making noises as you describe it is looking for an excuse to stop working completely, get a new disk, load the operating system onto it, then clone your data across using one of the many cloning tools available.
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Message 1368340 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 3:34:17 UTC

Sorry to lose a Canuk. You better check
that HD; information is a bad thing to
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Message 1368456 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 14:32:15 UTC

Since he hasn't responded to any of our advice, I suspect he's already gone, or his HDD is.

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Message 1368490 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 16:51:31 UTC

All very strange, he first joined SETI in July 2007, the first machine never returned any results. He had another try in November 2010, this machine also never returned a result.Then it would appear the same machine got a new identity and tried again in June 2011, but still returned no results. Finally what looks like the same machine again with another identity successfully connected on the 7th March this year.

Also sad as the hard drive is one of the things that SETI does not really stress, so had he asked the question and waited for replies we might have been able to assist,

Can't see the reason in posting then leaving before reading any replies!
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Message 1368492 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 16:54:52 UTC - in response to Message 1368490.

All very strange, he first joined SETI in July 2007, the first machine never returned any results. He had another try in November 2010, this machine also never returned a result.Then it would appear the same machine got a new identity and tried again in June 2011, but still returned no results. Finally what looks like the same machine again with another identity successfully connected on the 7th March this year.

Also sad as the hard drive is one of the things that SETI does not really stress, so had he asked the question and waited for replies we might have been able to assist,

Can't see the reason in posting then leaving before reading any replies!

Well...
Maybe he just wanted to be social enough to say goodbye before vanishing.

And perhaps he had his mind made up and really did not wish to engage in any discussion about his decision.

I do hope, however, that perhaps he did read the thread at least, and got the advice about saving his data on the failing HD before he loses it.
And then blames it on Seti.
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Message 1368569 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 18:50:11 UTC - in response to Message 1368492.

All very strange, he first joined SETI in July 2007, the first machine never returned any results. He had another try in November 2010, this machine also never returned a result.Then it would appear the same machine got a new identity and tried again in June 2011, but still returned no results. Finally what looks like the same machine again with another identity successfully connected on the 7th March this year.

Also sad as the hard drive is one of the things that SETI does not really stress, so had he asked the question and waited for replies we might have been able to assist,

Can't see the reason in posting then leaving before reading any replies!

Well...
Maybe he just wanted to be social enough to say goodbye before vanishing.

And perhaps he had his mind made up and really did not wish to engage in any discussion about his decision.

I do hope, however, that perhaps he did read the thread at least, and got the advice about saving his data on the failing HD before he loses it.
And then blames it on Seti.

And he'll tell all his friends not to run Seti or anything Boinc because it will kill their computers.

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Message 1368573 - Posted: 16 May 2013, 18:59:04 UTC

I'm putting it down to one of these people that just have to state they they are so out of here. You know, if you go, then go with a bang.....

If Seti wasn't for him then fair enough, we wish him well.

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Message 1368751 - Posted: 17 May 2013, 5:37:23 UTC

Well he probably quit listening to music and watching videos too. Oh and photo editing puts a stain on your hard drive. The worst strain is a cold boot. So just leave the computer off althoghter and that hard drive will last another 10 years.

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Message 1368777 - Posted: 17 May 2013, 6:43:58 UTC - in response to Message 1368569.

All very strange, he first joined SETI in July 2007, the first machine never returned any results. He had another try in November 2010, this machine also never returned a result.Then it would appear the same machine got a new identity and tried again in June 2011, but still returned no results. Finally what looks like the same machine again with another identity successfully connected on the 7th March this year.

Also sad as the hard drive is one of the things that SETI does not really stress, so had he asked the question and waited for replies we might have been able to assist,

Can't see the reason in posting then leaving before reading any replies!

Well...
Maybe he just wanted to be social enough to say goodbye before vanishing.

And perhaps he had his mind made up and really did not wish to engage in any discussion about his decision.

I do hope, however, that perhaps he did read the thread at least, and got the advice about saving his data on the failing HD before he loses it.
And then blames it on Seti.

And he'll tell all his friends not to run Seti or anything Boinc because it will kill their computers.

But then there's more work for us. ;-)

Cheers.

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Message 1374462 - Posted: 31 May 2013, 18:15:05 UTC

Boinc also killed a couple of my computers already. I learned to live with it:))
Now I don't let my computer run day and night anymore. Also better for my electricity bill...
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Message 1374474 - Posted: 31 May 2013, 18:44:45 UTC - in response to Message 1374462.

Boinc also killed a couple of my computers already. I learned to live with it:))
Now I don't let my computer run day and night anymore. Also better for my electricity bill...

Actually had an opposite, BOINC saved the computer. When it wasn't running some component got cold and failed. Only way to stop the blue screens was to keep it running.


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Message 1374566 - Posted: 31 May 2013, 22:53:57 UTC - in response to Message 1374474.

I personally can't see how he can blame SETI or BOINC I have been running SETI since 2004 on the same H.D. and apart from it getting a bit close to getting full not a peep from it.
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Message 1374576 - Posted: 31 May 2013, 23:31:01 UTC - in response to Message 1374566.

I personally can't see how he can blame SETI or BOINC I have been running SETI since 2004 on the same H.D. and apart from it getting a bit close to getting full not a peep from it.

Yeah, I hear ya, I've been around since 2003, Seti has never destroyed any computer that I've ever owned, so call Me puzzled. Probably a bad framistat...
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Message 1374702 - Posted: 1 Jun 2013, 10:57:19 UTC

Question????

Why are we giving so much air time to someone who has only made 6 posts in 12 years? Are we all that bothered, or just totally bored ....

Shouldn't this thread be closed?

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