Originally Posted by s-x
The data is coming from backblaze, a company that buys external HDD's rips them from their chassis and sticks them into servers. This does not represent 99% of consumer use.
Other drives survive these conditions far more readily than these Seagate models. That tells us that there is something inferior about the reliability of these models.
BlackBlazes least protective pods seem to be an excellent stress test.
Originally Posted by Liranan
If all their drives undergo the same stress then it is reliable as they are all in the same environment and there is no bias.
Originally Posted by akromatic
if seagates are that horrible then why do they kept buying / using them while having majority of their drives as seagates
If they cost 10% less than they can get the other drives for when they buy Seagate drives, and have solid backup practices, it's worth it even if they have the worst failure rates.
Originally Posted by airisom2
Because of that, Seagate is going to have a really bad reputation. So, the damage has already been done in that aspect.
Which is good, because several of their models fail more often than almost anything else, circumstances being equal.
Their warranty service has also taken a nose dive in recent years.
Originally Posted by dragneel
I know it's just anecdotal but I've never had a seagate drive die. Granted I am using a couple of their 500gb drives from like 5-6 years ago which I assume fail less than the 1TB+ ones.
I have an early Seagate 7200.10 with over 60k power on hours and no sign of issues what so ever...but I also have fifteen plus dead Seagate drives that aren't as old, some of which went through two or three RMAs.
Originally Posted by mothergoose729
A company has an obligation to advertise their products ethically. If they promise a particular mean time to failure and don't deliver then they are misleading the consumer.
MTBF is completely misleading an not remotely representative of real drives from any manufacturer. They are all guilty of this.
Originally Posted by Asmodian
Backblaze does abuse them a lot but other drives do not start dropping like flies in Backblaze'es environment.
Which is strongly suggestive that these other drives are more reliable, which means the Seagate drives are less reliable.