We recently received a call from a client who was experiencing difficulties with a portable hard disk he’d bought online. He’d got it for a great price and it was working fine when he tested it. He decided to copy a large archive of family photos to the disk to free up space on his computer. The files were copying over fine for some time, but he then started receiving some errors. The disk finally stopped responding and he could no longer access his data.
On receiving the disk, we set about exploring the cause of the problem only to discover something very strange. The disk came in a product box and looked brand new. Opening the caddy revealed a Western Digital 2TB disk, as our client had stated (the black marks in the photo had come from the case it was wrapped in). But something wasn’t right, the disk connector was IDE and not SATA. Now, for anyone remembering the good old days of IDE, you may also remember that they had a size limit far lower than 2TB!