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[ale] 2017 Backblaze HDD Failure Report



I will not touch Seagate after the last experience I had with them around
2003. I had a drive that died shortly after purchase. RMA took weeks to get
me a replacement and the one the send was the wrong size (less not more).
Another few weeks to get the correct size. Put it in and it was immediately
making chirping noises like some sort of bird. Never again.

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 11:44 AM, DJ-Pfulio via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:

> I have a mix of HGST and WD-Red drives in my storage server.  Had 1 HGST
> fail after 3+ yrs, replaced it with a WD-8T disk ($160!!!) and split it
> into 2 partitions. I use 4T partitions and don't want to force backups
> to be larger than that.
>
> The 8T WD-Red drives were in an external WD USB3 enclosure. ;)  Gotta
> watch those model numbers carefully.
>
> Also have some 320G Seagate disks still spinning after all these years.
> Zero issues on them. SMART data on them shows ZERO issues still, after
> all this time.  Remember when Seagate made really good drives?  Ah ...
> the good-ole-days.
>
> On 02/02/2018 09:52 AM, James Sumners via Ale wrote:
> > I concur. I have two 4TB HGST drives in my HTPC since the 2015 Backblaze
> > report. Haven't had a single issue. I will definitely be buying more of
> > them when I'm able.
> >
> > On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 9:49 AM, Derek Atkins via Ale <ale at ale.org
> > <mailto:ale at ale.org>> wrote:
> >
> >     Alex Carver via Ale <ale at ale.org <mailto:ale at ale.org>> writes:
> >
> >     >> When I looked at the data, I saw that WD-Reds were not so great
> and the
> >     >> HTSG 4TB were the best for failures.  There are a number of
> different
> >     >> charts in the article. Best to carefully check the captions.
> >     >
> >     > The HGST are helium filled drives and cost significantly more than
> the
> >     > WDC Reds.  The others that are on the same price point seem to
> also have
> >     > the same longevity.
> >     >
> >     > One person did the life expectancy calculations for the drives
> here:
> >     >
> >     > https://medium.com/@simonerni/dissecting-backblaze-hard-
> drive-stats-2017-17a90089a2e8
> >     <https://medium.com/@simonerni/dissecting-
> backblaze-hard-drive-stats-2017-17a90089a2e8>
> >
> >     I happen to love HGST drives, and I'm willing to spend a LITTLE more
> to
> >     get them.  The 4TB drives are ~$130 each on newegg.  I wish there
> were
> >     more data on the HGST 6TB drives, as they are under $200 each and
> >     currently the best $/TB of the HGST series.
> >
> >     I currently have 6 4G HGST drives in my FreeNAS server (RAIDZ2).  I'm
> >     due to add new space soon.  ;)
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