- Jul 27, 2020
Drive Study Shows Most Failures Occur in Under Three Years
If you have a potentially bad hard drive, failure is most likely to occur early on.
From the Blocks and Files site:
Toshiba drives, in his sample, are the longest-lived, working for 34,799 hours before failing, with Hitachi’s the worst, at 18,632 hours. The Hitachi drives also have the highest pending (bad) sector count.
Burlee says the Secure Data Recovery engineers looked mote closely at the two most popular manufacturers; Western Digital and Seagate. He says: “We found that the five most durable and resilient hard drives from each manufacturer were made before 2015. On the other hand, most of the least durable and resilient hard drives from each manufacturer were made after 2015.”
He notes: “in general, old drives seem more durable and resilient than new drives,” and “disks with CMR (conventional magnetic recording) appear more durable and resilient than those with SMR.”
Wow. So it's better to avoid newer drives from Seagate and Hitachi. Hitachi! I thought their data center Helium drives were not bad. Wonder what happened?