Sunday, February 15, 2009
Geek Challenge: Why Do Tech Gods Hate Me?
All right, geeks. Can someone explain what just happened to me? I shall explain:
For my one big errand/project today, I drove all the way to Santa Monica to purchase a 1 Terabyte drive. My goal? Transfer all my video files and computer back-ups to one drive so I could free up space on my various portable external drives. After all, one can never have too many external hard drives, right? I plug in my new Western Digital Studio, get the "My Book" icon on my desktop, and then plug in my Seagate drive to start transferring files. The Seagate drive causes my computer to freeze up and my screen is taken over by a grey graphic prompting me to "restart my computer". This is not the first time this drive has caused computers to freeze up.
So I unplug that drive, and reload the Western Digital drive. Now it gives me this screen:
Naturally I do a search on the WD support page and can find no FAQ that directly matches my initial search. So I decide to "initialize". I try both the "repair" and "verify disc" options, but to no avail. I get this message:
WHHHHYYYYYYYYY!!!! How does a product fail me less than 10 minutes after taking it out of its box?