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Hello i have a few samsung F3 1TB hard drives, i was wonder what are the chances are failing on these hardware, i have about 4 of them in a cage with a 200mm fan cooling it, the hard drive contains important information about the company i work for, i plan to get a few more hard drives for increased space

the hard drives are non raided, and they are nearing the capability, i don't recommend getting back up drives but if i had to i have no choice.
 

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The chances of them failing are pretty slim. However, now that you have talked about them failing Murphy's law states that they will now fail in the next few days.


They will fail at some point in time, and should be doing regular backups. Backing up your files using an online service is also another possibility. (Or RAID/WHS/home linux server)
 

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seeing as how they have important data for your work I would HIGHLY recommend having a backup. You never know when hard drives will fail. It could be tommorow, next month, or in 10 years, with or without warning.

But always look for warning signs of hard drive failure. This pretty much covers the basics: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/tec...g-to-fail.html
 

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Hello i have a few samsung F3 1TB hard drives, i was wonder what are the chances are failing on these hardware, i have about 4 of them in a cage with a 200mm fan cooling it, the hard drive contains important information about the company i work for, i plan to get a few more hard drives for increased space

the hard drives are non raided, and they are nearing the capability, i don't recommend getting back up drives but if i had to i have no choice.

If it is important to you, back up the data. Nobody knows the chances the drive will fail: maybe it will, maybe it won't, maybe it will tomorrow. You just never know.

I like Dropbox. I use it for my critical work files: I save the files in the dropbox folder and anytime I make changes, it saves it onto Dropbox.
 

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ok thanks for the replys, i have a question here, any chance that you can recover your files using some sort of software or anything like that when the hard drive has failed, or cannot be boot/recognized?
 

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ok thanks for the replys, i have a question here, any chance that you can recover your files using some sort of software or anything like that when the hard drive has failed, or cannot be boot/recognized?

Once a HDD fails software can't help.

There are services that can attempt to transfer the platters (or a install a new control board on the dead drive, etc) to a new gutted HDD. However, you are talking many hundred's to thousand + dollars.

Your best bet is a good back up.
 

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If the drive suffers a mechanical failure, your only hope is a professional data recovery service which will charge you thousands of dollars (and the work is complex enough to justify the cost).

If this data is really important, why don't you have RAID and backups?!
 
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