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Old 11-09-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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NHDave nailed it in post #7 in this thread: OYI! my desktop!
But...you can save yourself some grief by allowing for a burn-in time. I'll do some test writes and reads, followed by numerous power cycles and then just letting it run for a few days. Such won't guarantee anything, but does improve the odds against data loss.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:27 PM
 
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But...you can save yourself some grief by allowing for a burn-in time. I'll do some test writes and reads, followed by numerous power cycles and then just letting it run for a few days. Such won't guarantee anything, but does improve the odds against data loss.
All that does is verify that it's working correctly at the time, it does nothing to prevent the drive from failing when ever it decides to.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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I agree with NHDave 10 minutes to 10 years. I had a 1TB Maxtor fail in a server I set up after less than 2 months.

If it's mechanical expect failure at any time.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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All that does is verify that it's working correctly at the time, it does nothing to prevent the drive from failing when ever it decides to.
It's most likely to fail during the burn-in period or after a long time.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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It really doesnt matter which drive you get. Get one with a longer warranty. That way its just a simple swap if it crashes.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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But...you can save yourself some grief by allowing for a burn-in time. I'll do some test writes and reads, followed by numerous power cycles and then just letting it run for a few days. Such won't guarantee anything, but does improve the odds against data loss.
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All that does is verify that it's working correctly at the time, it does nothing to prevent the drive from failing when ever it decides to.
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I agree with NHDave 10 minutes to 10 years. I had a 1TB Maxtor fail in a server I set up after less than 2 months.

If it's mechanical expect failure at any time.
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It's most likely to fail during the burn-in period or after a long time.
All your testing proves is that the drive was not DOA. If you buy it on Tuesday and test it on Wednesday, nothing keeps it from failing on Thursday. Then again, it might be running after your babies grow up. The simple truth is that you never know. Mechanical failures are random.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:50 PM
 
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All your testing proves is that the drive was not DOA. If you buy it on Tuesday and test it on Wednesday, nothing keeps it from failing on Thursday. Then again, it might be running after your babies grow up. The simple truth is that you never know. Mechanical failures are random.
Well I guess technology has changed quite a bit since I've been in school because the reason for the burn-in time was to rule out obvious defects that present themselves early in a device's life.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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I just read a disappointing review about a Seagate external HD which failed after just one month of use, and apparently others have had the same difficulty. So then, if Seagate isn't a necessarily reliable HD manufacturer lately, who is?
I like Hitachi, and I like Seagate. I've had quite a a few of them, and never had problems with them. But as others here have said, the brand really doesn't matter. Everybody has their own preferences.

My suggestion, look for a good hard drive, not a brand name. First don't buy the cheapest one you can find. Look for an Enterprise Class Hard Drive, with a good warrantee. They cost more, but seriously isn't your data worth it? Once you find one, in your price range. Google the model number, and read all the reviews you can on it. Take consumer reviews with a grain of sand. You will always find some one who has had a bad experience with any product. But if one model has excessive negative reviews with a lot of people all having the same issues with that drive, you might want to stay away from it. More important read the tech reviews for it. Those will give you a lot of good info on what parts and how the drive is constructed. Thats the way I choose mine, and works for me.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:27 PM
 
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I have 18 1TB Seagate ES.2 drives in Netgear ReadyNAS units. They suck, and they're enterprise level drives. Four went bad, and they are louder than anything. And the heads click when parking and unparking.

Needless to say, I'm replacing them with 2TB Samsung F4s. I chose the 5400s due to the speed gain from the 666 platter size. They are quieter and run cooler as well. Hopefully I don't run into issues.
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