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How does a SATA drive corrupt?

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I'm thinking about getting the ST3500320AS.
I've heard SATA drives corrupt and you loose all your data.

What are the chances it'll happen to me, how does it happen, and how can I lower the chances of it happening?
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A drive itself cannot corrupt. The data can though, but that can happen to any storage medium. Just don't disconnect the power during writes, don't plug drives while it's in use, etc. Obvious stuff really.
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I haven't heard of something like this happening. Seagate is a good brand and the drive should last you a while.
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constantly back up your data
there is a raid set up that will put the same info on 2 hd(clone the drives)
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What about SMART?
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SMART just is like a local doctor keeping a constant check up on your hard drive to make sure its running in the right parameters to function properly. so if any of them are in the bad zone its a good indicator if your drive is about to poop on yea
 
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You got a good 5 year warranty. If it's not DOA or has issues on arrival, it should last you a good while
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I have yet to see SMART actually do anything :\\
When I run checks it always says health is over 90% and performance over 95% on all my drives, but one failed last month (probably of old age -- 3yrs) and SMART did nothing to prevent it or warn me...
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What are the chances it'll happen to me, how does it happen, and how can I lower the chances of it happening?
The chances? Well, if you just got a hard drive, test it with scandisk and don't put anything important on it for a week or so, just to make sure its a good drive. Assuming it is, then it should last for many years. You can even still find hard drives from the 80s and stuff sold on ebay.

How does it happen? Many ways. But as long as you dont toss your hard drive out the window, give it a bath, plug and unplug it over and over just to hear it spin up, or anything stupid like that, don't worry.

You can't really lower the chances of losing a drive without not using it at all. But you CAN lower the chances of losing your data by either running two identical drives in RAID1 (two mirror images) or using a second drive to backup your files to.
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