Hard drive failure

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
Eddaweaver
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Re: Well just spent 900 to recover a 7 year old drive
In reply to digitalshooter, Mar 30, 2013

First is this an IDE or SATA?  If SATA you are in good shape.  If it is IDE you are screwed and it is time to update your PC.

I don't know what the reasoning behind that is. IDE and SATA are plug formats and have nothing to do with the reliability of the drive.

Hard drives are at their most unreliable in the first year of operation and after the equivalent of 5 years of intense operation.

Failure rates will run at about 0.5 to 4% per year depending on the model and age. Fewer platters, less exposure to vibrations and lower spindle RPMs means higher reliability.

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