Hard Drive life.

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kbeam418
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O.k. so I've been reading online about hard drives and there life expectancy, so I decided to post this on the forum asking how long your hard drives lasted.

Let's start off by me explaining how long I think a HDD should last and why I think it. I expect a minimum life of five years. Why? Because your motors and head is still functional why should your platters fail? I have a Western Digital caviar SE drive that is five years old and has no bad sectors, I have an old Seagate 20GB that is from 2003 no bad sectors! Hard drives can last a very long time, assuming it's a good brand, if they are took care of.

Let's now talk about laptop HDDs about why they fail and how you can prevent it. To go over this you need to know the anatomy of why laptops tend to fail quicker. Laptops are a bit like game consoles in the way that they cram an i7 in a cramped space with bad cooling which results with the CPU hitting 80C, this of course decreases the life of the CPU and cooks other components. Second; How many times do you move your desktop around? I'm guessing it stays in one place forever, well laptops are always being moved, thrown into backpacks and worse dropped all this decreases the life of the hardware and is very hard on the HDD. So what can you do to keep your HDD from failing in your laptop? Don't block your fan vents, every computer I've repaired has always been because someone put it on there lap and blocked the fan vent which sure the fan will still be able to push some hot air out but won't be able to pull in cool air which is equally important, this heats up your HDD and in a couple of years (if your lucky) your HDD dies and I get money.

O.K. what about desktop drives? I always keep my HDDs where my case intake fan is which keeps them operating at a cool temperature. Second; Buy a good hard drive brand avoid Samsung and Toshiba, good brands are Western Digital, Hitachi and Seagate. Third; Perform a de-fragmentation every week or so.

I want to hear your guys opinions and how long your hard drives have lasted.

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Razear
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I had an 80 gig Seagate IDE drive from 2005 that just failed this year. I tried reformatting the drive and experienced some reading errors. Hard drive technologies are becoming increasingly more reliable. Chances are if the manufacturer puts a 5 year warranty on the drive, that will only be a fraction of the product's useful life.

kbeam418
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I think HDDs are far more reliable than SSD for the time being. One thing to consider is IDE drives had issues with read errors whie SATA had less issues with errors because of better controllers and such.