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Why are so many of my Western Digital HDD's expiring?

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    Why are so many of my Western Digital HDD's expiring?


    Why are so many of my Western Digital HDD's expiring 2-3 years old?
    Are Western Digital bad at making Hard drives?
    4 Drives have failed in a year and they are only 2-3 years old....
    Not covered by warranty...

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    I don't think that is WD specific. Maybe it is due to your particular environment (heat, dust, etc.). I just had an external Seagate fail. But that was the first time any of my appr. 20 disks failed.
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    They have all failed due to their own little faults that I cannot find...
    They had different uses and different types eg Blue and green.
    As for heat and dust no chance...
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    I have never seen any HDD failing in my entire life!
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    After seeing a Seagate hard drive of mine completely pass away that wasn't affected by heat or dust or anything external, it dawned on me about the TYPE of hard drive it is and how you use it. See, I used my hard drive for about I think 27 months until it died. Maybe a month or so of total downtime. That hard drive was on literally 24/7 for about 26 months. It was a typical desktop Seagate drive. This is probably why it died so soon. Desktop hard drives are designed to operate for 40 hours a week for many years. If you run it 24/7 for a while, it'll probably die sooner.

    What the type of hard drive needed for this situation is an enterprise standard drive, a RAID/NAS approved drive as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    I have never seen any HDD failing in my entire life!
    Short life, I'd say.

    Used an external SCSI 45MB (that megabytes) drive on a couple of different Macs back in the mid 1980s. It died after starting to make the cricket noises.

    Killed a 750GB Seagate in an external enclosure by dropping it a couple of feet (60cm) while it was spun up.

    Other drives have failed at random times, infant mortality to years of constant use.

    Saw someone receive some IBM drives with glass platters. He had ordered 4 of them for a RAID setup. Two were dead due to poor packaging for shipment. Seemed to be more fragile than the aluminum disks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    it dawned on me about the TYPE of hard drive it is and how you use it. See, I used my hard drive for about I think 27 months until it died. Maybe a month or so of total downtime. That hard drive was on literally 24/7 for about 26 months. It was a typical desktop Seagate drive. This is probably why it died so soon. Desktop hard drives are designed to operate for 40 hours a week for many years. If you run it 24/7 for a while, it'll probably die sooner.
    Honestly, I don't think this really has anything to do with it. I've had consumer grade hard drives in my servers at home and my desktops at work and they run 24x7 year after year after year. In fact, I just retired this past summer my old file server built in 2006 which ran a pair of 200GB IDE drives for over 6 years straight, 24x7.

    I think that good clean power has a lot to do with success. I run all of my PC's on UPS's. I have 4 UPS's at home and all of my desktops run from the UPS's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    it dawned on me about the TYPE of hard drive it is and how you use it. See, I used my hard drive for about I think 27 months until it died. Maybe a month or so of total downtime. That hard drive was on literally 24/7 for about 26 months. It was a typical desktop Seagate drive. This is probably why it died so soon. Desktop hard drives are designed to operate for 40 hours a week for many years. If you run it 24/7 for a while, it'll probably die sooner.
    Honestly, I don't think this really has anything to do with it. I've had consumer grade hard drives in my servers at home and my desktops at work and they run 24x7 year after year after year. In fact, I just retired this past summer my old file server built in 2006 which ran a pair of 200GB IDE drives for over 6 years straight, 24x7.

    I think that good clean power has a lot to do with success. I run all of my PC's on UPS's. I have 4 UPS's at home and all of my desktops run from the UPS's.
    One of the things that seems to make newer drives die sooner is because of the high capacity. A 200 gig IDE drive would last longer versus a 500 gig drive, or a 2 terabyte drive.

    It seems modern drives are prone to dying these days than before. I once had an 120 gig IDE drive that lasted for a good eight years, and that one was a Seagate Barracuda. My 500 gig Seagate Barracuda died in two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    One of the things that seems to make newer drives die sooner is because of the high capacity. A 200 gig IDE drive would last longer versus a 500 gig drive, or a 2 terabyte drive.
    Well, I've also had good luck with my larger hard drives. I have a half dozen Western Digital Caviar Blue's that are at the 4 year mark. I've got 4 of the Samsung F4 2TB that are now 3 years old. And I've got a couple of Western Digital Blacks that are nearly 3 years old as well. No problems with any of them.
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    there are a lot of reasons a hard drive can fail at any given time
    There is no predicting it. Many are very lucky to have them work for decades
    Some, not so much.

    Brown outs, power surges, sudden fluctuations in power that cause the hard drive to power off and right back on again.
    Heat, over use, weak parts, slightly damaged parts or parts that simply degrade for any reason over a period of time.

    There are literally probably a thousand reasons that could be thought of. and it could be one, or a combination of several.

    HDD's die, it happens. Keep data backed up always.

    Also, where they were produced can some times have an impact
    For a while there, i believe it was Seagate, the ones mad e in China were garbage, the ones made in Thailand were Rock Solid.
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