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How long until you replace hard disks?

Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by Greenbum, Nov 2, 2008.

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Years before you replace your HDD

  1. 1 - 2 years

    59 vote(s)
    22.5%
  2. 3 years

    69 vote(s)
    26.3%
  3. 4 years

    46 vote(s)
    17.6%
  4. 5 years

    32 vote(s)
    12.2%
  5. 6+ years

    56 vote(s)
    21.4%
  1. Greenbum

    Greenbum Member

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    I'm interested to know what the average time before people replace thier disks. I had a 60gb seagate disk in use as my system disk from the start of 2000 and i only recently tossed it in the bin. It was starting to die (only 25gb of the 60 was recognised) but I thought about it and realised almost 9 years of constant use is very very long time.
     
  2. monkeymagicmonk

    monkeymagicmonk (Banned or Deleted)

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    Every year or two, or until I run out of space...my data is very important to me. So many movies!!!
     
  3. neon_87

    neon_87 RIP

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    i tend to upgrade my drives and move drives to other machines or externals within 1-2 years.
     
  4. Lachy3000

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    havnt had to replace any hdd's yet. my oldest would be about 4 years. its an IDE tho so ill probably get rid of it sometime soon.
     
  5. DiGiTaL MoNkEY

    DiGiTaL MoNkEY Inverted Monkey

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    When i need more speed or space..or new interfaces eg. IDE to SATA.
     
  6. neon_87

    neon_87 RIP

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    its hard to think anyone has anything IDE these days. I've switched completely over to SATA. All my pc's except the media centre are all SATA, no IDE burners either, though that will change, im hoping to update the media centre with all SATA very soon.
     
  7. dalien

    dalien Member

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    OS drive!
    I upgrade when there is a decent speed increase at a decent price.
    Eg, 150 raptor hit $300
    next 300gb raptor hit $400
    now moving to SSD

    Storage Drive
    Every 3 years or so.
     
  8. stmok

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    How long until you replace hard disks?
    => When they break.
     
  9. terrastrife

    terrastrife Member

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    nice work there.

    i replace every 2 years or so :)
     
  10. Axe

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    I'm with STMOK :thumbup:

    Still have 40 gig refurbished deathstars running 24/7 in the torrent box, thats a friggin long uptime right there. I've had motherboards go flaky before drives running 24/7 fail. FFS i still have my 10.2 quantum ka drive, all the cx variety's died.
     
  11. matto20v

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    I'm still IDE in all machines. 2 desktops, a server, even have two external drives that are both IDE. My requirements don't demand high speed data x-fer, so I can not justify spending the money to upgrade just yet, and might just hold off for a bit longer.

    Looking at adding a Terrabyte to my server for storage and that will be IDE.
     
  12. kingborel

    kingborel Member

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    When they die (I've only had one in about 15 die on me, pretty good run i think)
     
  13. dan77

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    Once they start getting noisy!
     
  14. trickma

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    Around 3-4 years maximum.
     
  15. AI-Expert

    AI-Expert (Taking a Break)

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    When they have to be replaced under warranty. I generally just add drives to my file server that runs OpenSolaris with ZFS.
     
  16. WooKiE_MaN

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    all my PC's are SATA, no IDE. IDE is old and looks ugly in the case..:D (Only cause IDE cables are annoying to make it look neat!)

    I replace the HDDS on the following occasions

    1) Out of HDD Space
    2) Getting close the the 2.5 - 3 years old
    3) When HDD's are cheap and im in need of upgrading

    I wont be needed to upgrade HDDS's for a while as they have gone up in price, maybe next year or so :thumbup:
     
  17. SLATYE

    SLATYE SLATYE, not SLAYTE

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    When I need more space. Normally every three years or so, I guess.
     
  18. mixology

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    usually when they:

    a) die.

    or

    b) i need more space.
     
  19. 3five1

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    My 80Gb W.D IDE is 8 years old and still running fast but it now resides in an external case for important ms-office files, etc ....using 500Gb W.D AAKS for main (should last long time) and will get something bigger to swap out the 80Gb for large backups.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008
  20. stmok

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    Yeah, I still got a pair of IBM 75GXP (30GB) Deskstars that are functional. They seem fine as long as you have airflow moving over them. They are damn noise though...

    I've had this Fujitsu 1.28GB IDE drive (model: M1636TAU) that is still going from 1997! 11 years of service! (Its now in my cousin's Linux based firewall...24/7)
     

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