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just been wondering lately about what the average lifespan of a hard drive kept at 29C-34C would be?
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approximately 1 - 20 years.
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Lol, that's narrowed it down! Sadly its probably true (though I have had only one HDD fail me in my life)....
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Its alot longer if you keep them cool! Temperature is everything with HDDs unless they were just faulty from the start.

I have some going strong from 2005! Shoot the one in my IBM PS/2 still runs fine and its from 1986!
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approximately 1 - 20 years.
lol one is 5 years old maybe older. but do you have more of an exact timeline? 1-20 is pretty vague

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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post
Lol, that's narrowed it down! Sadly its probably true (though I have had only one HDD fail me in my life)....
i have never had a single drive go bad that i didn't cause directly (took it apart and dropped screw driver on it)

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Its alot longer if you keep them cool! Temperature is everything with HDDs unless they were just faulty from the start.

I have some going strong from 2005! Shoot the one in my IBM PS/2 still runs fine and its from 1986!
the hottest i ever seen mine was 38C and thats because it was 102F outside
Edited by philhalo66 - 5/12/11 at 9:01am
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I have ad the same 80GB in my P4 for 8years and its a WD IDE drive and i live in south texas and it gets WELL over 40C temps down here lol
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Keeping them too cool also increases the failure rate. IIRC, you want to keep them in between 25c-35c
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Originally Posted by the_beast View Post
approximately 1 - 20 years.
this
I have old HD's from the early 90's still going strong
but have any newer ones that are dead
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Its alot longer if you keep them cool! Temperature is everything with HDDs unless they were just faulty from the start.

I have some going strong from 2005! Shoot the one in my IBM PS/2 still runs fine and its from 1986!
Lower isn't necessarily better. As with most all things, that's true only to a degree. Google posted up some charts from some studies and I think the sweet spot seems to be about the mid thirties to mid forties where they saw the lowest failures. I think 30C saw worse failures than those ranges, for example. It was generally below ~25C and above ~50C that things got noticeably worse, so unless you're at either end, they're fine temperature-wise, and it comes down to chance.
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Keeping them too cool also increases the failure rate. IIRC, you want to keep them in between 25c-35c
I think the sweet spot was actually ~35C-45C, plus or minus some at either end.
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Somewhere between the day you open up the box and the day you throw it in the trash.

There's not really an accurate way to tell because different brands mean different designs and each can be different and unique in its own way.
    
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