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Windows 7: Who makes the best disk drives?

08 Feb 2014   #21
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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How smart is SMART?
Not very, as Google found, and many in the industry already knew. SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) captures drive error data to predict failure far enough in advance so you can back up. Yet SMART focuses on mechanical failures, while a good deal of a disk drive is electronic, so SMART misses many sudden drive failure modes, like power component failure. The Google team found that 36% of the failed drives did not exhibit a single SMART-monitored failure. They concluded that SMART data is almost useless for predicting the failure of a single drive.
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Another argument for keeping frequent, current backups! I trust all drives nowhere near as far as I can throw them.


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09 Feb 2014   #22
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

For me SMART does have value but we must never rely on it. You always need backups regardless the age of the drive or the lack of SMART warnings. If a drive begins to show serious warnings it is probably time to replace it, before it actually fails. A sudden failure may occur at a very inconvenient time.
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09 Feb 2014   #23
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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For me SMART does have value but we must never rely on it. You always need backups regardless the age of the drive or the lack of SMART warnings. If a drive begins to show serious warnings it is probably time to replace it, before it actually fails. A sudden failure may occur at a very inconvenient time.
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09 Feb 2014   #24
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Luck of the draw?

It seems to be totally random.

I prefer Western Digital to Seagate, as a result of the problems my housemate experienced.
He had 3 Seagate SATA HDDs fail within ~12 months (a few years ago).

Ironically, he bought me a Seagate 320 GB IDE HDD in 2007 and that one still works.

I haven't had any problems with Western Digital, apart from the "8 second" parking issue.

IMO, it is a stupid setting to have on a desktop HDD.
I disabled the timer on my older WD Green HDDs (WD10EAVS, WD15EARS, WD20EARX).

It seems that you can't disable it on the new model (WD20EZRX) so I had to settle for setting it to 5 minutes.

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A sudden failure may occur at a very inconvenient time.
They usually do.
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