Our HDD (Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EALX) is acting up this past few days. Access is very, very slow and as it's used for installation of software programs, desktop use is really bad. Example, opening Photoshop takes around 15 minutes, ouch!
We got this HDD back in August 2011.
I ran a Parkdale program this evening and this the HDD Write/Read result:
And from Western Digital's own diagnostic tool which shows a FAIL on SMART status:
In contrast, HDD Write/Read from a few years ago:
SSD Write/Read this evening:
I bought a replacement HDD today, a Western Digital WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX. It should be with me by tomorrow.
Our Kia Sportage 2010 had its 75,000km servicing (major) about a couple of weeks ago. One of the parts replaced is a drive belt.
Starting 3 days ago, car emits a squealing noise during cold starts. See sample videos below:
The servicing invoice did say that new belt(s) might need re-adjustment within 3-5 days. So I popped in to our local NRMA MotorServe, they did some checks (bolts, pulley etc) and re-adjusted tension, and now no more noise! Of course, no charge for this re-adjustment.