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Hardware Thread, Seagate HDD failure rates: >25% over 3 years (article) in Technical; Originally Posted by difinity Seagate used to offer 3 years as standard on their drives. Now it's only 1 The ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    Seagate used to offer 3 years as standard on their drives. Now it's only 1
    The warranty differs depending upon which model you buy. Seagate's Desktop SSHDs have a two year warranty for example.

    www.channelregister.co.uk/2011/12/16/seagate_cutting_warranties

    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    We are seeing the batch of 8 year old WD 40GB drives beginning to perform the click of death
    Eight year old HDDs are so painfully slow you would probably want to replace them even if they didn't fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich_tech View Post
    Thats not much to go by comparative to your own experiences I think, mine tend to show the opposite in terms of reliability, from my work and personal, one batch of stones here from 2009 has good old Hitachi Deathstars in them that are slowly being replaced due to disk deaths and the good old mechanical clanking of death and pretty much any Western Digital disk I have ever had has about 4/5 years of life before suddenly developing read errors and/or going bang, whereas I have yet to have a Seagate go bang on me, only ones replaced here have been lowly 40gb ones in old machines and their still going.
    Similar here really.

    When we first got one of our HP servers I was replacing failed WD disks at the rate of one per fortnight. HP support told me that they were seeing this across lots of customers and had swapped to Seagate. I replaced entire RAID array with Seagate and those original disks are still happily going along a few years later.

    Hmm tempting fate there *goes to check RAID health*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    So they slate Seagate and in the next section state they are their favourite drive to buy right now!
    Totally understandable really - its a cost benefit analysis. In an enterprise like Backblaze, so long as you get a couple of years out of them you're making plenty of money. Seagate drives are usually a good amount cheaper than the competition so it works for them.

    Here, I now specify Hitachi when buying drives anyway, based on personal experience and evidence from other discussions and articles. Followed by WD.

    Seagate just seem to have a bad habit of dying on us.

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    Excrement, I just got shipped one of these for my own personal pc build, turns out there are two types under the same model number, the two platter one which is decent and 30% faster and the three platter which is slow and unreliable, trouble is there is no way to tell other than weight now they have obscured the serial numbers. Apparently the 2 platter ones are about 500g and the 3 platter ones are about 600g.

    Amazon.com: niels' review of Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ...

    Having just got a 600g drive I am sending it back unopened, cant trust WD drives due to my experiences in schools so looks like I am getting Hitachi if I can even source them here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    so looks like I am getting Hitachi if I can even source them here.
    Can you get 3.5" Toshiba HDDs in New Zealand?

    www.sdd.toshiba.com.tw/english/products/overview.aspx?ccid=14

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    For an extra 75% on top yes, did a little research as I managed to return it, as far as we can tell the entire batch shipped to NZ were the dodgy ones, there were no two platter ones at the distributors at all.

    Ended up getting A WD Green 2TB despite my massive mistrust of them as the only other stuff in the price range was Seagate which I had not checked out. Hitachi stuff was twice the cost for the same space so I decided against them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    For an extra 75% on top yes [...] Hitachi stuff was twice the cost for the same space so I decided against them.
    It sounds like you have to pay through the nose for everything in NZ. I thought "Rip Off Britain" was bad enough as it is.
    Last edited by Arthur; 25th January 2014 at 07:53 PM.

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    Another report from the same company, so take with the same pinch of salt/caveats as the above: Backblaze Blog Hard Drive Temperature – Does It Matter?

    Overall, there is not a correlation between operating temperature and failure rates. The one exception is the Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB drives, which fail slightly more when they run warmer. As long as you run drives well within their allowed range of operating temperatures, keeping them cooler doesn’t matter.

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