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i still have a 6.8gb and 10.2 gb quantum fireball ide drives from like my 8th computer.
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I still have a 1gb HDD, it's almost 20 years old, and it still works.


and I had a 1tb Seagate go bad within months, you cant put a date on when something will die.
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approximately 1 - 20 years.
LOL, too true. But it really should be more like 1 day - 20 years.

There's really no point in considering measuring it, and it depends on what you're talking about. You can have a drive that doesn't sustain catastrophic failure for many years, but keeps having write/read errors (technically the drive still works). What's the metric? 1 incorrect read/write in 1,000,000, or whether the drive simply powers on and functions? Whether it turns on at all?

There are so many things to consider, which is why you never really see info on this, because it's meaningless to try to quantify, and there are too many physical parameters to take into account.
    
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What could you possibly use that for?!?!?!? not to mention copying anything to it or reading off of it would be extremely slow.........
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Well .. in the early 90ies 200MB was actually decent sized ..

And of course it's slow compared to todays standards .. But it answers the question very well I think
It's in an Acorn Archimedes RISC OS computer - and it's that or an SD floppy drive (ie not the HD 1.44MB floppies that are all but obsolete nowadays, but the older, half capacity ones that held 720K (although the Acorn fits 800K on them - wow)). Compared with the floppy drive that thing is lightning fast - and remember that 20 years ago entire operating systems were supplied on a couple of floppies. The largest Acorn program I know of came on 5 disks or so - less than 5MB total. And that was a full office suite including clipart and fonts etc!

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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
LOL, too true. But it really should be more like 1 day - 20 years.

There's really no point in considering measuring it, and it depends on what you're talking about. You can have a drive that doesn't sustain catastrophic failure for many years, but keeps having write/read errors (technically the drive still works). What's the metric? 1 incorrect read/write in 1,000,000, or whether the drive simply powers on and functions? Whether it turns on at all?

There are so many things to consider, which is why you never really see info on this, because it's meaningless to try to quantify, and there are too many physical parameters to take into account.
That was kinda my point - although I'd consider a drive that only lived a day to be DOA and not really to have been working at all...
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Here's this. It's the Google document for they're recordings/findings.

http://static.googleusercontent.com/...k_failures.pdf

Wrong graph. Well, nothing's wrong with the graph, but it doesn't really address the question.

Try Figure 5 instead:



As we can see from this data, there's an "infant mortality" phase where some hard drives die within the first few months. Then there's a huge batch that will die between 2-3 years. Anything that passes 3 years is likely to last forever. We also see more clearly that the "sweet spot" for drive temperatures is 30-40°C.

Another graph from that paper shows that drives are more likely to die if they're used more.
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That was kinda my point - although I'd consider a drive that only lived a day to be DOA and not really to have been working at all...
I'm sure the company sponsoring the warranty on it would disagree... Nah, j/k
    
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well if this helps at all... i had a hard drive fail on me after 5 months... then i have a hdd that is 8 years old... one of the first sata hdd's.

2 very huge factors that need to be looked intoo....

#1 location - this can be a hdd, that has no caseing (where it is stored and location)
#2 enviroment - hot cold dusty magnetism etc...


those are the two main factors
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It's in an Acorn Archimedes RISC OS computer - and it's that or an SD floppy drive (ie not the HD 1.44MB floppies that are all but obsolete nowadays, but the older, half capacity ones that held 720K (although the Acorn fits 800K on them - wow)). Compared with the floppy drive that thing is lightning fast - and remember that 20 years ago entire operating systems were supplied on a couple of floppies. The largest Acorn program I know of came on 5 disks or so - less than 5MB total. And that was a full office suite including clipart and fonts etc!
Seems you have worked with PCs a bit longer than me - but I'm "only" 24 though... I had some 720K floppies though - I do remember when the new revolution of DOUBLE the size came out. I do remember carrying homework from school on floppies. Seems so far away from now.

The Oldest PC - not C64 and such was a 80286 though. And I used a boot floppy too
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1998 isn't early nineties!

early nineties... late nineties... its still the nineties
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I wonder what effects the Orientation of the drive in relation to the force of gravity has..... the drives in my main pc are vertical, but they are horizontal in my old pc. they are the same drive model. maybe i should make that a test...............
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