The Swamp wrote:
I've had two drives fail in the last year, and one that is threatening to go. It seems 10 years ago it was fairly odd to have a hard drive fail. Now it seems you have to carry data on multiple drives and arrays just to make sure when a drive fails, you don't lose all of the data. Sure, it's always been that way to a degree, but now the quality of hard drives has become so shoddy, you have to plan on losing at least one or more drives once a year, or more. Despite advances in tech, the failure rate just keeps going up.
I wonder if there's something in your disk usage profile that's causing this -- bad cables, bad power supply, bad power from the utility provider?
I've lost exactly one hard drive in the past five years, and it was an old 250GB 3.5" Maxtor in a USB enclosure with an auxiliary power supply. Pretty sure the reason it died was that besides being old, I was using it as a backup drive during a period of heavy photo and image editing, and it was getting switched on and off at least two or three times a week for most of a year.
Then again, my only recent mechanical drive purchases have been a trio of Spinpoint F3s, and a Toshiba to repair a relative's laptop, and the oldest one has only been running for about 20 months. So my recent datapoints are not so numerous as they used to be.