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How long can hdd, ssd last?

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I have one sata 2 wd green hdd 500g which is around 5 years old, and one 320gb ide hhd which is around 8 ysars old. I have let them run for 24 hours a day for last 3 years.

How long can these hdd two survive in your option? How about hdd and sdd in general?

my t60 2"5 harddisk was dead last year after using 6 years and not 24 a day kind, scary but luckily i had backup for personal photos and videos.
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Mechanical hard drives can last for a long time, I'd say 10 years at least, if kept in good working conditions.
It is essential to keep the drives' working temperature as close to ambient as possible.
It is the heat that kills the hard drives quickly.

Storage nuts usually exchange their hard drives every 3 years, because it is the optimal safe lifespan for the hard drives, if kept running 24/7.

I personally keep my mechanical hard drives for at least 5 years before I sell them or move to an older system.

Solid state drives, however, have the ability to last longer than hard drives, due to the lack of small mechanical components that can wear out over time. For these drives, it is the firmware that can kill the drives rather quickly. Also, due to the fact that we, the consumers, haven't had SSD-s for long enough time yet, the actual possible lifespan is based on assumptions. smile.gif
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