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Hard Drive Reliability Update – Sep 2014

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    I have some (some my call it strange) experience with dead HDDs. A good friend of mine collects magnets from dead and almost dead HDDs. Last few years he collected and we took apart hundreds of them so I head a unique chance of doing testing and postmortem on them. I have seen some trends like: the newer they are, more dead ones, the larger they are again higher failure rate. I can's swear to that but I think I have seen large number of Seagate drives dead from mechanical failure and WDs from electronics failure. Large number of Maxtor drives were still in operational order although way too outdated because of size. Now I'm sorry I didn't keep tab on shape of the drives I took apart and made a list of the causes they died from.
    Hitachi ones I have seen just few but that could be that they are on a bit expensive side for local financial conditions although they are pretty reliable anyway.
    I, personally have good experience with WD drives, even with much maligned "Green" ones. Not one of them was bought new and I have 2 in this machine, one 750 GB in 100% shape and a 350GB in 50% shape and never had any problems with them. Half a dozen are for keeping backups and misc. stuff on and are being connected thru USB interface as need arises.

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    Wynnum Australia
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    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Thanks for sharing !

    Yeah, Maxtor's seemed to be undestroyable back then. In the early days I hated Seagate-HDD's, because some of them didn't even last 6-9 month.

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