Backblaze Finds Enterprise Drives Fail More Often than Consumer HDDs

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dashize

talking statistics, You have to have a margin of error calculated into your numbers, .4% is well within the margin of error. So would that make them equally likely to fail, so as dexter243 said, back it up !!

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X2brute

This wasn't meant to be a study, it's a company that uses a lot of HDDs telling you what ones they have found to work best, and it's a lot more reliable than most nerds (including myself) who just tend to have feelings (seagate sucks) about certain drives (seagate REALLY sucks), at least they have hard data

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Wily_One

First, who the F is Backblaze and why would I care what they concluded? Never heard of 'em.

Second, aside from sampling a fewer number of enterprise drives, they also state the usage was different. It's not an apples to apples comparison if the enterprise and consumer drives had different loads and usage patterns, which seems to be the case.

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Pball1224

If you've never heard of Backblaze you are not allowed to comment, and you might not be "Maximum" sorry.

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Dexter243

they all fail have a back up
and the cost/life/capacity the consumer drive is a much better deal
ssd drives fail and they have no moving parts
been gaming and building pc's sense dos 6.0 and i have seen 3 bad HD in my life and i am 47
even used many a refurbished drives from newegg for people wanting the absolute budget build and they have all been good drives

if it a $20 budget drive keep a back up of critical data
if it is a $1000 server drive keep a back up of critical data
if you run 3 drives in mirrored on raid still keep a back up of critical data
never know when electrical problem fries hole system
guess what if you have data you cant afford to lose keep it backed up

have a nice day

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CyberCam

Out of all the comments on this article, I tend to agree with yours the most. I too have been building PC/Servers since I was 14 and I'm 45 now. I've worked for IBM, Dell, HP and a number of other corporate IT departments, including my own IT shop.

I use to foolishly side with one HDD maker over another or servers drives over desktop drives, only to find out after much experience that all HDD companies manufacture bad batches, sometime or another throughout their history.

Best advice ever! No matter what drives you use, make backups period!

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aarcane

The sample size on the enterprise drives is too small to be conclusive :(

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John Pombrio

Agreed. Also, they were placed in a different environment than the other drives. The type of use and the environment that they are in mean a lot for determining the life span

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Andacious

Yea...so they should maybe have a real statistician look at those numbers instead of a press release saying "OMG ENTERPRISE DRIVESES IS ARE BADDER!"

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Opm2

Are you really that math challenged that you cannot work out percentages? Because they clearly did it correctly.

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Andacious

There's more to statistics than percentages.

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Carlidan

Ah, that is what statistics is. I'm sorry to pick on you :(

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jason2393

One problem of designing a product is that reliability that is tested for isn't the same as reliability that is observed by consumers. Still, I'd like to see a larger sample size of enterprise drives, considering they've had more consumer drives fail than they have in enterprise drives altogether. In fact, had a mere 2 fewer enterprise drives failed, they would have been the more reliable category.

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John Pombrio

again, too small a sample to make claims like this.