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Avoid these hard drives, they’re likely to fail

Tax documents, creative projects, family photos, school work – think about all the important things you have saved on your desktop computer. Now think about all of those things vanishing in an instant because your computer crashed. What would you do?

Well, at that point there’s not much you can do (other than hope for the best). Hopefully, you took preventative measures, such as investing in an external hard drive or cloud backup service. You can also make sure that your next desktop computer has a quality hard drive.

Unfortunately, not all hard drives are created equal. Backblaze released a list of hard drive failure rates for 2016. They calculated this rate by dividing the amount of failures by how many drives were studied. Since each drive wasn’t used equally, they also factored in how many days collectively that each device was used.

According to their research, these hard drives have the highest failure rate:

  • Seagate 4TB Hard Drive, Model #ST4000DX000 has a 13.57 percent failure rate: Out of 184 drives that ran for 72,615 days, 27 drives failed.
  • WDC 6TB Hard Drive, Model #WD60EFRX has a 5.49 percent failure rate: Out of 446 drives that ran for 166,152 days, 25 drives failed.
  • Toshiba 3TB Hard Drive, Model #DT01ACA300 has a 4.32 percent failure rate: Out of 46 drives that ran for 16,900 days, 2 drives failed.

Three drives on the list had a zero percent failure rate!

  • HGST 8TB Hard Drive, Model #HUH728080AL3600: 45 drives ran for 16,155 days without any failures.
  • Seagate 8TB Hard Drive, Model #ST8000NM0055: 60 drives ran for 1,560 days without any failures.
  • Toshiba 3TB Hard Drive, Model #MD04ABA400v: 146 drives ran for 52,983 without any failures.

Most desktop computers come with a 1TB hard drive but you can replace it with one that has more storage or add a hard drive for additional storage. Before you buy your next computer hard drive, check out Backblaze’s entire chart below.

If your hard drive is failing, then you’ll obviously want to replace it before it crashes so that you don’t lose anything. Check for these five signs of a failing hard drive.

  1. Software glitches
  2. Hardware glitches
  3. Noisy hard drive or system fan
  4. Boot failures
  5. Poor performance

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