What's the longest an HDD has lasted you, /g/, and what's the shortest? Did they die unnanounced or slowly start to fail?
Gonna buy an enclosure for an HDD bought in 2008. 8 years of existence, 4-5 years of use, how much longer can this thing last? Working absolutely fine so far.
I have a pair of Hitachi 160GB drives with a manufacturing date of Jan '06 that work fine to this day. Granted they haven't been heavily used. Also have an IBM AT with an old 30MB drive that still runs, was made in like 1985. I only power it up maybe once a year though.
I've had one drive die without warning, a Seagate 1TB. It was a boot drive for my backup server, replaced it ant nothing of value was lost.
For longest, this drive.
Works fine, but the drive is "failing" according to SMART due to excessive power-on hours (nearly 20k IIRC, don't have anything I can plug it into right now to get the SMART data).
As for shortest, I don't know since I haven't really had a drive with a notably short lifespan.
I have working drives from 1998-2000, laptop and desktop.
I have a 2005 80GB Seagate still operating (0 bad sectors).
2006 250GB Barracuda NS, ditto.
2008 500GB Samsung, ditto.
I think a 1TB WD External died after about a year or year and half.
My system drive is a 1tb Samsung @ almost 60 000 hours. Still going strong even though sometimes I kick into it hard enough to make it skip.
I have some mid 90's HDD's that are still going strong.
I had a Seagate drive let out a lot of magic smoke, and it still works.
Longest is probably a 1.5 TB Seagate external I bought in 2009. The enclosure died two years ago but the disk still works. It's plugged into the desktop now through the SATA connection.
Shortest was a laptop drive that died three days after buying it new. Didn't even bother opening it.
>Take laptop from dresser where I had set it
>NO DISK FOUND
>No HDD detected
Just checked the drive, power on time is 3.8 years. The reallocated sector count is flagged, but the values haven't changed from the time I manually moved some slower sectors, so it's more or less a false positive.
As in power on hours, 18k hours, 500gb seagate 7200rpm 2.5 hard drive
As in age and still working, the 20gb hard drive of my old xbox 360 thats now inside an old laptop for tests and shit, its 10 years old. Sometimes it clicks before properly booting
I have honestly never had a HDD die on me. I have a fully functional 40GB IDE drive at home that was still working when I last used it and a nearly 10 year old 320gb laptop HDD western digital blue that still works. I have a variety of sata drives from 80GB up to 1.5TB and they all still work fine.
For fucks sake even my 60GB maxtor and 40GB seagate still work. What do you do to your hard drives?
forgot to mention, my dad has a 20GB hard drive he still uses to copy documents from his desktop to his laptop and vice versa because he's too much of a cheap fuck to get a usb when what he already has just works. Forgot the brand of the hard disk though because it's in an enclosure.
32 years, dual 10MB 5.25'' FH drives (one Miniscribe and one Seagate) in a PC XT. Have another PC XT as well with a 20MB miniscribe turning 31 this year.
A month, 500MB Seagate in a W520.
I have a Western Digital that is 12 years old and runs like a champ. I had some from the 1990s that still ran but I smashed em with a hammer and threw them out.
The shortest was a 2013 Hitachi 2.5" 7200rpm that lasted a few months.
The 2,1GB drive in my Hitachi Pentium laptop is still functional with no dead areas. The quantum fireballs in my bondi-blue iMac and my Smurf G3 tower were working when donated 2 years ago.
6.4GB ibm... works fine. sounds like a vibrator though and isnt very practical, i have other ide devices for those needs.
my only dead drives, the samsung gets credit but the seagate here was a pos, i had 2 like it but i managed to rma one (not that hard im just lazy)
issue was firmware related for the sg and the bother is alive and well
the samsung died of vibration, heat, and cosmic rays
somewhat, and it's still shit.
my first HDD was a 3GB, then a 2GB i added.
when i got a 80GB i was in heaven.
recently bought a working 160GB WD for a legacy build.
i'm glad i didn't have to deal with the sub-GB era on my end, i mean i used computers with small drives sure and 5.25 floppies, but never had one of my own.
aye guys how about those 4TB Toshiba X300 drives on newegg? they're the cheapest 7200 rpm 4TB drives available at $135 and aside from them being loud, the next stop on the cheap train is $160 for a 4TB HGST and $197 for a WD black.
looking to consolidate three drives (1 2tb and 2 1tb drives) as cheaply as possible but not interested in slower rpm drives.
dont buy seagate they said
it will die they said
the best part is this is a refurbished drive ive had for around 8 years as my main os drive.
i also have another one that isnt as old but it is still working as well as my media storage drive
this board is trash, what are you talking about?
it's just that this thread obviously isn't going to attract a lot of /v/edditors since they can't blog about their ebin gaming rig they just built last week
Longest lasting - 320GB Samsung HD321KJ from 2006
Shortest - some 1TB Samsung that lasted less than a year, I got c.ucked pretty hard by the shop because the disk died after the floods and price increases and I got back the original sum I paid for it...
shitgate just seems to be bad in recent years, but if I remember right all of those memes are based on some blackblaze shit from 2012-13 that only showed above-average failures for one capacity
for most of their history seagate drives have been easily some of the best outside of niche small-volume manufacturers
20GB? Must be IDE. Copying to and from internal drives as if they're USB without eSata sounds like a massive pain in the neck. Does he know small USB sticks are only a couple of bucks now?
I don't feel like this board is shit at all. At worst, you would call it bad, but to me that's a reach too. I've never seen a better tech community. Questions I have, they've been answered. A lot of software I use today was because /g/ recommended it (and with reason). There are also barely any memes and not that many dumb posts. People get called out on their iliteracy fast.
Because this has turned into a bizarre low-capacity brag thread I feel an obligation to say I've never had a hard drive last longer than seven years--four-five being the average lifespan.
WD's, in my anecdotal experience, fail sooner but are more recoverable; seagate eke out a bit longer a lifetime but die for dead when they go.
Always buying 3TB or 5 TB now, avoiding 2TB and 4TB like the plague.
My Sun Ultra 5 has an original 4GB IDE drive from 1998 that still works, but it's godawful slow and noisy so I replaced it with a higher-RPM 1TB IDE drive. I'd use a SATA adapter but I haven't met one that can do DMA properly with the machine.
in general no, but a lot of people got burned by 1.5TB drive then again with 3TB drives for the same reason, now any drive divisible by 1.5TB is a non-starter for a lot of those people even with how now they have platters that get into the 1.2TB range, and some of the better value drives are 3TB drives because no one wants to buy them because of the people bad mouthing them now when it was seagate's fault for pushing shitty drives out the door
Hitachi 1.4Gb from 1995 still working with 7% bad sectors.
WD 40Gb (1month) and WD 500Gb some enterprise model from back in the days (4 months and its replacement was dead after 7months)
Yea I have to admit my 40TH drive isn't plugged in right now but I have a 300tv Seagate drive that is plugged I. That I got in 2005 or 2006 I never stopped using it but it was always a secondary hard drive so it never really got a lot of wear and tear
A few months ago I tossed out a 6GB Maxtor Bigfoot drive I got back in '99 or so. It was a refurb back then. Still worked like a charm. Had it in a P3 machine running NetBSD until I finally tossed it.
Right now I have a pair of Quantum drives in my Athlon MP machine: 10GB and 6GB, both bought back in '99 or so, both still working fine.
I recently dug out my a pair of IDE drives from 04. 60gb maxtor has finally bought it, 80gb western digital still works
now that I think about it i guess i'm lucky, i've never had a drive fail on me (while i was actually still using it)
> I've never seen a better tech community.
you must not have been to many other tech communities, this place is fun for shitposting but the actual knowledge level is pretty low, nothing you're talking about probably couldn't have been answered with a minute max of googling, this place is mostly full of redditors and gamertards from /v/ regurgitating bullshit from shill sites and blogging about what hot shit they are because they cobbled together a "rig" other /v/edditors spoonfed to them in the first place, or because they use a freely available UNIX-like operating system and occasionally open a terminal and know how to change directories around and install packages
it's not very often I see someone who seems really passionate or knowledgeable about tech beyond headlines about the latest and "greatest" facebook machines
I'm running a Mac SE with a 40MB Quantum drive in it right now, though I'll probably put it in storage soon until I get my "library" set back up so I can re-install it at a proper station as the catalog database box.
Truth be told Im no tech enthusiast, so /g/ is great in the sense that its a good summary of whats going on right now with technology. And about the questions, yeah, probabyl, but its still nice that theres something like /sqt/. The ricing community is failry decent too, certainly better than the one on DeviantArt.
actually I agree with all of this, /g/ is still useful as a springboard to use to learn more of on your own in that way, and shit like /sqt/ is good when you want to ask a question but you also want to discuss it a little
I still think this place is shit though, if it weren't for the occasional good thread/informative poster and the overall casual atmosphere, I would've left forever ago, there's just too much boring normalfag-tier shit to sift though.
Are you me? I was just going to say my Maxtor 200 GB hard drive that I got in 2006 and just took it out of my computer in December.
yeah i understand its not like im here all day i would probably get sick of it fast i just do a quick browse each two days or something and that small dose has left me a good taste
its trash but theres no alternative to some of the content there so its still huge
and surprisingly there are pretty much no ricing communities outside da
>its trash but theres no alternative to some of the content there so its still huge
This, where else will I get my poorly drawn transgender diaper porn featuring Sonic the Hedgehog that makes me start wondering how I even got there when jacking off.
>tfw still have a working 1GB hdd from my old win95 desktop
>tfw hdd in my 12 year old laptop that had its fair share of headon collisions still works without issue
The only computer related thing to ever break on me was my hd6850.
OP here. Thats cool! Appreciate the answers. Gonna use the drive for movies which I remove after I see so the unlikely loss isnt gonna affect me that much if it were to happen (my 1tb of vbr music from another drive on the other hand...)
Apparently it is for this drive. I might be way off, though. However, the only computer I have that uses IDE and isn't currently in-use is an iMac G3, and I don't feel like installing the drive, installing an OS and then installing/compiling smartmontools just to get an exact number.
Will take pic of drives later, no crystal since no SMART.
2x2.1Gb IBM SCSI runnning 24/7 since 1996 in server at work.
Also have this one with 66k hours.
I don't know, i should have a 40GB IDE HDD but i don't use it, i have a 320GB HDD from 2006, it was in my first prebuilt pc, now i use it for movies/series/music in my NAS.
The youngest dead was a 1.5TB 2.5" WD, portable, once it fell from a table (not a big deal, it just remained attached to its cable) and I lost 600GB of data. No I didn't have a backup
The oldest is an about 5 year old hitachi 1 tb
and it has a perfect smart score
i once bought a WD1TB external piece of garbage drive
i think the controller died and when i got it out of the enclosure to get my data directly through sata the pcb burst into flames
it was about half a year old and a WD Green
Been using PCs for 23 years and only had a HDD die on me once.
I just retire them when I upgrade and there's no more room in my case.
Currently using 3 200 GB Western Digital HDDs which are around 8-10 years old and still work fine.
160GB WD that I bought in 2004 and used daily until ~2008 is still running somewhere, although not used that much anymore. That's probably the oldest drive that I have lying around.
500GB WD that I bought in ~2006 or so died after 6 years, no signs beforehand, just started making clicking noises one night and that was it. No external shock, no weird mounting, just went dead.
All other hard drives, a few Samsung and WD, bought since 2008 still work fine.
>500GB WD that I bought in ~2006 or so died after 6 years, no signs beforehand, just started making clicking noises one night and that was it. No external shock, no weird mounting, just went dead.
Exactly the story of one of my Samsung 160GB PATA HDDs. I was trying to clone a Xbox drive onto a Samsung SP1614N 160GB HDD,and suddenly I hear the click of death. It was on its last legs though,especially after I ran DBAN on it. (constant write...)
The oldest drive I have is a 3 GB Samsung that I use from time to time with singer machines, it lacks SMART data so I have no idea how many hours and cycles it has
The longest on hours drive I have is a WD RE4 that has 37k hours, the most cycles is the Hitachi in my Thinkpad, with 700k load/unload cycles and 3000k power on/off
I have a Samsung with some 10k on/of cycles, but less than 5k hours
> WD Green 1TB WD10EARS-22Y5B1
> 5.21 years
Some 300gb toshiba inside the laptop which is also still working after ~8 years. It has an i3 and runs windows 10 bretty gud, I used it with mint while waiting on my new cpu + mobo + ram as my previous mobo died for some reason, Ipit win10 on it and gave it to my little brother as he's still saving up to build a pretty powerful pc.
I've had no hard drives fail on me. I currently use two 320gb WD harddrives from ~2004-5 that I running arch on at the moment.
I had however an SSD that was bricked by a bad ISO I tried to install via USB that I sent back and had replaced.
>I had however an SSD that was bricked by a bad ISO I tried to install via USB that I sent back and had replaced.
I'm gonna be installing Win7 off USB to an SSD in the near future. Mind elaborating a little bit? Should I just go optical?
You're fine, buddy. I had my CPU overclocked and despite windows working flawlessly, it was apparently unstable and would freeze on install with Linux. So it bricked my USB drive and bricked my SSD mid install. Don't know how all I know is 2 weeks of troubleshooting couldn't fix it.
But you're most likely perfectly fine, brother
I have a 40 and 120 gig IDE drive that still work, I would guess they are easily 15+ years old.
I bought a 1st gen 36 gig raptor when they came out, and after 2 days it stopped working. RMA'd it and the new one still works today.
80mb Seagate drive from 1992, still works fine. Very loud
>killing the Seagate meme
I've got old IDE drives from the 90s that still work. SMART says that failure is imminent on them, and has for years. Some of them won't actually boot an OS, but they still work for storage--not that I'd trust them with anything I didn't want to lose.
I've also got a 2gb laptop drive that still works perfectly, from an old Thinkpad. I bought it used, so I'm not sure how old it actually is, but it originally came with Windows 2K.
I bought a refurbished Seagate 3TB here while back. I lasted about 2 days. That's the risk you run with refurbished shit though.
holy shit that is being a cheap fuck... i just bought a 32 gig USB thumbdrive for $15, locally at a discount store. Right now, i only use it for holding cracked install files and updates, driver, scaled down texture packs etc for Fallout 4, as a few friends have been wanting the game. beats the fuck out of dragging around my 500 gig pocketdrive (it's small but this is tiny).
I've never had a storage device failure.
Only things that have come close is this old 1gb flash drive now only shows 512MB, and I have a very old Intel SSD that is starting to slow down. I've abused it plenty with VM's though.
I'm using my 2008 laptop's hard drive in my mom's computer, seems like it's still working. The PCB on it is beautiful though, it's such a wonderful shade of teal. I'm glad it hasn't died yet.
Longest: Slightly over 12 years. I forget the exact model, but it was a Hitachi.
Shortest (not counting DOA): 1 day. Western Digital Raptor 150, but that hardly matters: any vendor could have had a bad batch.
An honourable mention to the Quantum Fireball 540 MB I once had, which was unbelievably aptly named and actually exploded when the heads crashed, sending platter shrapnel into its enclosure in a violent end. (Fortunately, it was in an 8-inch ventilated enclosure separately connected to an external SCSI bus.)
So, you should probably back up. And probably decommission it. There's a couple of people in this thread still running Quantums. I... really would not recommend that. But hey, if you want to, it's your funeral.
Longest? Something like 15-20 years, can't remember, some 40 GB ATA. Still alive to this day, zero issues.
Shortest? My current 465 GB SATA, 6-7 years. Still alive to this day, zero issues.
Never had a drive die on me, and only once I had a "MBR loading error", but a reboot fixed it and it never happened again.
I never do backups. In my experience the drives just don't die.
3 years. It never clicked or acted up or did anything suspicious
I was playing Dota 2 and sounds were randomly delayed, I thought it was lag. Then everything froze and nothing on that drive would work anymore.
I dont back things up
Bought the enclosure, connected the drive, this is what I've got. Does this look okay? Ideally I want one or another two years out of this thing.
I also wanted to ask, if this dies in the near future, is it better that I replace the whole thing with a new external drive, or keep the enclosure and buy a desktop drive? Is there any chance desktop drives last longer than portable ones?
The thing at the left is a notification it gave me when I plugged it in, saying it had errors, but it was then repaired by Windows, and works fine now (passing 150GB from it, at 33mb, pretty good I think).
It was installed on my first PC around 1998
I have a quantum fireball lc08 that still runs (1999? Ish) and has a licensed copy win98-2e on it, but the oldest active is a Seagate barracuda 320 gb ide, bought in 06. The Seagate is strange paired with an OCZ Agility III.
I still have working 800MB IDE drives.
Only drive that failed did so because it was mounted with rubber mounts that got old and dropped the drive. The connector broke off the PCB, internally it might have been fine.
A 100MB IBM SCSI hard drive, from a PC built in May 1991. Still works flawlessly. In an old IBM PS/2 I sometimes boot up for fun/to play old DOS games (because there's nothing like playing classic games on the actual hardware they were built for).
Just threw out a 10GB Maxor IDE HDD from 1997. Heavy use from 1997-2001, occasional use as a backup hard drive from 2001-2005.
Still in use: 250GB Western Digital hard drive from a build in 2007. It's having heat issues though so I think it's on its way out.
Amount of years doesn't say much. At my parents house we have and HDD still working and we got it in 2003. But we barely use it so it hasn't been used for 13 years.... Idk really, but HDD could definitely last for 5 more years or something.
Why? A 32gb usb 3.0 is around 25-30 dollars last I checked. And an external 1tb usb 3.0 hdd is around 75-80.
Knowing him, he'll just get a $20 enclosure and slap in an old 320GB or 250GB HDD he has laying around and call it a day.
He's very conservative with his money. He honestly spends more on me than he does on himself which I don't like 2bh.
ive never had any kind of hard drive malfunction, let alone a failure
feels gr8 man, idk what u dudes are doing to your drives
Oldest is probably an 80MB SCSI drive pulled from a non-functioning Macintosh LCII, which would put the drive's manufacture at 1992. The drive works but I haven't found a use for it. Holding onto it in case an old Mac needs it.
I also have a 350MB SCSI drive from an original Power Mac (not sure which) that's working now in a Power Mac 6100/66 DOS.
Next up is a 1.2 GB IDE drive from a Macintosh Performa 6300CD made in 1996. Still working, but replaced with a "newer" 40GB drive. (I wanted enough room to install System 7.5 - Mac OS 9.1 for playing around.)
slugfoots are made by quantum senpaitachi
pretty interesting but slower than fuck drives, I have the largest (19GB) model they ever made before they finally got replaced by low-end fireballs
Tfw I got only 160GB from 2005 and Im still using it now cause Im a poorfag
Might replace it with a 1TB Seagate this March
My 80gb bought in 2003 died in 2010, I did tons for reformatting with the Windows XP