Hard Drive Life Expectancy

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Post 3+ Months Ago

What is the life of a hard drive in years of use? I know of two people that recently had HD crashes and both drives were about 3 years old. Should a person think about replacing a drive after a certain number of years?
Thx for any thoughts on the subject.
  • lucassix
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I have some really old hard drives running just fine. My personal server uses a 6gb Quantum Bigfoot for the OS, a 12gb Bigfoot for the webserver, and 2 - 300GB drives in RAID 1 for data. The Bigfoots are at least 10 years old, still humming along, no errors. I just had them laying around, so i figured I might as well put them to use.

All you really need to do is make sure you routinely backup your data. That way, if you hard drive fails after 3 years or 30 years, you will be fine. There is no sense in replacing hard drives preemptively.

That being said, most manufactures do publish an expected lifespan for their drives.

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