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6 years, 7 months of power on

Wed May 27, 2020 8:29 pm

I am either the luckiest or most unlucky person on the planet.

I have one drive in my NAS that has 6 years 7 months of power on time. I have 3 other drives that are exceeding 5 years of power on time.

None of them have errors. I have 3 spare drives waiting for a failure - and can survive a double failure.
 
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Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Wed May 27, 2020 8:58 pm

Those drives probably pre-date the "race to the bottom" on quality. Enjoy while you can, newer drives are probably going to be worse in terms of reliability.
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Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Wed May 27, 2020 9:08 pm

just brew it! wrote:
Those drives probably pre-date the "race to the bottom" on quality. Enjoy while you can, newer drives are probably going to be worse in terms of reliability.


Luckily I have 3 'spare' NiB 3tb hard drives sitting in the closet. A seagate, a toshiba, and a WD. I just hope the bearings haven't flattened. (I do try to turn them once a month or so). All are over 3 years old.
 
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Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Thu May 28, 2020 9:59 am

Bearings go flat??
I've never heard of this...
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Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Thu May 28, 2020 10:04 am

Aranarth wrote:
Bearings go flat??
I've never heard of this...


The bearings in HD's are actually quite fragile. If you let them sit in one position for years, they will develop a flat spot due to gravity. Best practices are to (literally) rotate the dry storage drives every 6 months or so.
 
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Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Thu May 28, 2020 9:47 pm

Does that apply to both the older ball bearing designs and the current fluid dynamic bearings?
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Re: 6 years, 7 months of power on

Thu May 28, 2020 9:49 pm

I've never heard of cold storage orientation affecting drive bearings. Source?
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