Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Large-Capacity Hard Drive Failure Rates

As Backblaze has thousands of very high-capacity hard drives running all the time, they’re in a unique position to analyze the failure rates of popular models. No surprises that Seagate lives up to their abysmal reputation here, though I was a little surprised to see a somewhat poor showing from Western Digital. Pretty much all of my dozen-or-so spinning hard drives are from WD and I haven’t had a single failure in as much as eight years. Unlike Backblaze, though, I’m not running them full-time, my sample size is comparatively tiny, and they’re not the recent ultra-high-capacity models (my biggest is a 2TB “Green” model).