Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Within the Milky Way
The good thing about HDDs is that they die slowly. You'll start getting bad and reallocated sectors, you'll start hearing some noises, and chkdsk might be making some major fixes to your drive (as well as getting prompts period). Other than that, just keep on using them. Keep them in good vibration-free environments, let them power down properly, keep the temperatures in a good range (my 22k+ hour drives are usually around 35-40C as are all the other ones), and write as least as possible.
If they do start to degrade, take action IMMEDIATELY.
This may do nothing as far as reliability goes, but I leave around 5% free space on all of my drives. Then again, I only write data to a drive one time (unless I reorganize which happens maybe once every 2 or 3 years), and once it fills up I get another one. So, even though they're high mileage, they're all highway miles lol.
My drive stats:
3x 4tb with 24k
2x 4tb with 18k
3x 4tb with 9k
2x 10tb with around 1k
Give or take 1k hrs. All of them are in perfect health and are used in exclusively in mediasonic probox 8 enclosures (modified to support noctua a8 fans). If it matters, all 4tb drives are seagates, and the 10s are wd purple refurbs.
1680 V2 4.5GHz 1.33v | G.Skill Trident X 4X4GB 2400MHz | R4BE | Titan Xp + Morpheus II
Wasabi Mango UHD550 | Rosewill Rise | Thermalright LGM RT
Logitech G600 | G440 | Tt Meka G-Unit Cherry MX Black+Double O-Rings
JBL LSR308s | Temblor T10 | Custom headphones | TEAC-UD501+Passive Preamp | Emotiva BasX A-100
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB | 51TB DAS | SS Prime Ultra Titanium 1KW
Last edited by airisom2; 01-20-2020 at 05:18 PM.