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How Long Do Hard Drives Last? [Chart]

How Long Do Hard Drives Last? [Chart]

Posted November 12, 2013 at 9:45pm · 13 comments · Add Comment
ios3d
ios3d - November 17, 2013 at 9:35pm
some real engineer will introduce oiling system some day, let's hope
Truffol
Truffol - November 14, 2013 at 7:29am
This shows the importance of cloud storage doesn't it? Not only does it provide multi-screen access, security is another important factor as you'll never have to back up...
Not try to be hard
Not try to be hard - November 13, 2013 at 5:47am
How long do Hard on Last ? Depending to age and subject lol
Kr00
Kr00 - November 13, 2013 at 2:36am
Laptop HDD's fail more often than a desktop or tower, as many carry them around while they're running, tempting the hard drive gods. Kids laptops fail 10 times more than any other user. That being said, I have a 2001 iMac that still runs today, on the original HD.
stokerino
stokerino - November 13, 2013 at 1:48am
Needs several qualifiers....especially to do with actual use. Their HDDs are spinning 24/7. Mine spin a couple of hours every week. At that rate, mine should last a couple of lifetimes.
Steve
Steve - November 13, 2013 at 12:20pm
Yours will fail sooner because every shutdown and switch on are much worse than 24/7
Loic
Loic - November 14, 2013 at 6:24pm
That is a myth. The disk plates are balanced and the force when stopping and spinning the disk is applied evenly on them.
Dill Baits idea pusher
Dill Baits idea pusher - November 12, 2013 at 11:12pm
I bet macs have long lasting ones if it's possible!
MeNoLikeyFanboy
MeNoLikeyFanboy - November 12, 2013 at 11:23pm
You bet wrong. Next.
Dill Bates
Dill Bates - November 12, 2013 at 11:37pm
Did I say it did? No. Moving on!
CliveB
CliveB - November 12, 2013 at 10:49pm
I think this is too simplistic. I assume that in the Backup application there are many many read/writes going on. I have four HD's in my Mac Pro running 24x7 and have had no failures after four years. Simple probability analysis of the 0.8 number from the graph suggests that the probability of at least one drive failing is about 0.6. Of course my HD's don't have constant read/writes going on.
Slasher
Slasher - November 12, 2013 at 9:57pm
Depends on your stamina
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