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Bigger capacity HDDs more prone to failure?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BritishMalayan, Oct 8, 2007.

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  1. BritishMalayan

    BritishMalayan Thread Starter

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    I have been hearing horror stories from people who had their >200GB HDDs rendered as useful as a brick after mere months using them. One had his 250GB HDD replaced THREE times (same model/brand and capacity) and they all failed within months, after which his money was refunded. I was later a victim of such fault when my 250GB Seagate started losing data (partitions gone) before refusing to start altogether, after only three months using it. In my case actually my sister had accidentally, well let's say exposed my computer to considerable physical impact. Strangely enough my older 80G Maxtor HDD which runs on the same machine survived that, and used to this day, and is now chock full to the brim with data.

    In view of that, my previous experience, and the stories I have been hearing, I have a need for a bigger HDD but a bit on the reluctant side to invest again. Are my fears baseless?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Probably.

    I have had four 40 GB drives fail, in a year, one was only 3 weeks old, others were within a year.

    I always consider data on a hard drive as temporary storage only.
     
  3. iMPACT

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    from my experince these experinces arn't so common, hard drives are suppose to be reliable. i have a 320gb seagate barracuda for bout 2 years now, its been through alot of rough times like constant on and off, reboots, reformats , error checks ,hot temps and it has never failed once
     
  4. JohnWill

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    I've had hard disks fail within weeks, and some that have run for many years. I have seen no correlation between the capacity and the failure rate.
     
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