Rust keeps on spinin', spinin', spinin'; into the future

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2019 - 12:39 PM |
Tagged: hdd, spinning rust, failure, mtbf

Backblaze have been one of the larger remote backup providers for quite some time now, and running their 104,778 HDDs gives them a lot of insight into drive failures.  They are kind enough to share their data with the public, to give a bit of insight into how many of their various drives have failed.  The data does not represent the findings of a proper scientific study but the sample size is large enough to give an idea how WD, Toshiba, Seagate and Hitachi drives fare in the wild. 

The Register is quite impressed with the overall durability of the drives, including the Toshiba 5TB drives, none of which have failed since the 45 of them were deployed in Q2 2016.

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"Just 139 out of 10,000 12TB Seagate drives fail a year, and Western Digital's HGST brand has an even better rate of 51 in 10,000, according to cloud backup service provider Backblaze, which has 104,778 drives spinning in its data centre."

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Source: The Register