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Hdd life span

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by Crosspeen, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Crosspeen

    Crosspeen Member

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    I was wondering what people how long have they found that their hdd last for?

    My pc is around 10-11 years old, and I can't remember last time I replaced one of the hdds

    A youtube video has recommended going to hwinfo.com for the software to checkout how many hours my drived have done

    Cheers!
     
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  2. power

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    there is no set age, only mean time to failure based on power on and off cycles. This varies wildly but normally the manufacturer will know how long this is.
     
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  3. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    I've really had very few failures in my pc career, most likely due in part to the frequency in which I churn parts. The only recent mech hdd death that I can recall was putting an older Seagate 2TB non surveillance drive in a security system NVR. It lasted maybe 6 months.
     
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    Is it more so on and off than it is power on hours?
     
  5. adamsleath

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    i wouldn't expect over 10 yrs from a hdd. depends on the specific unit of course, and its use.

    i have an older seagate i no longer use sitting on the shelf - from 2005. crystal disk health indicates it's bound to fail. but it still works.

    others from 2011 still show no probs (all green) but i use them for storage (just like i used to use optical disks) and they sit on the shelf. i have been replacing at around 10 years.
    i think nas storage things with frequent use might need replace sooner...but with lovely raid 1's or 5's or somesuch i guess they fail when they fail. replace as required. :tongue:
     
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  6. power

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    i would say a combination of both, however on/off cycles with a mechanical drive are very important.
     
  7. Butcher9_9

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    Head loads, temperature, vibration, humidity, the list goes one. Thats why its so hard to get a straight answer. There is not one :)

    I have a few drives that I guess are pretty old. (I know some are Samsung branded and that stopped 2011 so at least 9 years old) .

    General rule of thumb - Have Backups

    With that assumption, just keep it until it stops working or you out grow it.
     
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