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Median lifespan of consumer-grade hard drive is six years

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:23 am
by bluesky
Interesting short article.

Backblaze: Median lifespan of consumer-grade hard drive is six years

Read more: http://www.electronista.com/articles/13 ... z2kcce4Sbq

Re: Median lifespan of consumer-grade hard drive is six year

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:57 am
by 8string
Good article. Worth noting is that their evaluation was on 24x7 use. The variables for us consumers are that it's hard to extrapolate whether the power on and power off cycle effects life at all. Both on all the time and off and on cycles are hard on hard drives in different ways. Best to realize that there is a 5% (per year) or more chance that your drive will fail. Backups are essential. Also, back in the 1980s, I worked for a computer sales company that used Xerox to do warranty work. They also had found that electronics in general (computers, printers, etc) had about a 5 year life cycle in normal use, meaning on and off each day in an office. Bottom line is that if your computer is reaching 5 years old, your odds of having equipment failure are much higher than new.

The good news is that Apple with Time Machine, has made it trivial for most people to backup their computers.