[Dirvish] Disk drive follies
dirvish at hunsperger.com
Mon Feb 28 21:19:03 PST 2005
On Mon, Feb 28, 2005 at 03:11:07PM +0100, Eric Mountain wrote:
> On Friday 25 Feb 2005 22:00, Jason Boxman spake thus:
> > On Friday 25 February 2005 15:38, Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> > > This came at a good time for me; I rotate 3 250GB hard drives for
> > > backups, and I just lost one of the 3 (a Maxtor I purchased in
> > > September). It is still under warranty, so I Maxtor will replace it.
> > Entirely anecdotal given my small sample size, but my past two of three
> > Maxtors have failed on me. The second was a replacement for the first. I
> > kept them from running extraordinarily hot to no avail. I have had four
> > WDs for about as long and none have failed yet.
I am running 4 maxtors in raid5 on my desktop. I have had them fall out
of the array, fail mfg drive checks, etc. But, in each case, I stupidly
rebuilt them back into the array. No data loss yet. <fingers crossed/>
I have also had good luck with WD lately. While a few years ago they
made a bad name for themselves, their newer drives are holding well. I
have lost 1 of about 15 WD drives over the past 2 years (though they are
not all 2 years old). Unfortunatly, I'm very disappointed that WD
dropped their default warranty back down to 1 year. WD support
confirmed this for me, but said distributors could still purchase the
drives with 3 year warranties at a premium. At least it appears most
OEM distributors are doing so (though I once got a 3yr warranty drive
with a 1yr actual warranty). I'm seeing the retail drives, though, with
only 1 year of warranty.
> More anecdotes: I'm running on an IBM DeskStar bought early September 2001.
> That series actually got nicknamed "DeathStar" due to allegedly high return
> rates. Well... I can't complain, but I *backup*. ;-)
Yes, but that depended on if you had the 15GB platter or 20GB platter
model. IIRC, the 15GB platter versions (30GB, 45GB) were the ones that
generated the nickname. I had 3 of 4 of those fail on me. The 20GB
platter model (60GB disks) were much more reliable, though I recently
sent one of those to the grave.
Now, why is it that my old 1GB half-height that ran so hot you couldn't
touch it and sounded like a jet engine never had a single problem, yet
new disk drives have a pathetic warranty, and know it?
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