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Windows 7: Seagate slapped with class action lawsuit over hard drive failure rate

07 Feb 2016   #51
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep price RW disks
Disks are good for somethings but are becoming unpractical.


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07 Feb 2016   #52
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Borg 386 View Post
...But still, I trust those better then having all my files on a HDD only to have it fail one day & loose it all...
That's true of any media, not just HDDs. Data isn't safe unless it exists in at least three different places, such as on the computer, a local backup that isn't connected to the computer except when updating the backup, and on an offsite backup. That way, if one medium dies, you will still have your data on the other two.

HDDs are far more convenient and, volume for volume, much, much less expensive than optical disks, especially with larger amounts of data. As long as as you have proper data redundancy, they are just as safe as using optical disks or even tape.

An example of a basic backup scheme using HDDs would be to have one instance of your data on one or more HDDs in your computer, another copy on one or more HDDs that you keep at home but also keep disconnected from the computer except when updating the backup (external HDDs are the most popular for this although one can also use internal type HDDs in a dock or hot swap bay), and a third copy kept on one or more HDDs offsite, such as at a trusted friend's or neighbor's house, in a lockjed desk or locker at work, or a bank safe deposit box. The offsite and on site copies should be swapped frequently to keep the offsite copy as up to date as possible.

Since an offsite backup is up to date only to the date the backup was last updated, one way to avoid losing data added or changed after the last time the offsite backup was updated is to also maintain a cloud backup using a reputable paid cloud backup service, such as Carbonite.com, Crashplan, or Backblaze (stay away from free cloud storage sites; those are not very secure and are notorious for disappearing without warning). A cloud backup site can also be used solely for the offsite backup but recovery will be slow. However, by using both the cloud backup and one or more offsite HDDs, one can recover most of one's data from the offsite backup. Recovering the remainder from the cloud backup will take far less time since you have already recovered most of the data.

My own backup scheme is somewhat more complex (ok, anal) but it is still essentially the same as above, except I use twice as many HDDs in the onsite and offsite backups (four backup copies altogether instead of two) as well as the cloud backup (I use Carbonite.com).
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06 Apr 2016   #53
Kenshin20

Windows 7
 
 

built a computer for my uncle many years ago. i used one of my slave HDD that i want it to replace Seagate 320gb and that guy still rocking on my uncle's computer. unfortunately the HDD that i replaced for failed on my twice already.
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06 Apr 2016   #54
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
I've been really impressed with Hitachi drives. Very good performance and they have an extremely low failure rate.
Not sure what's happened to Seagate, but they've been getting progressively worse over the years. They used to make rock solid drives but I wouldn't recommend them anymore.
I had a Hitachi drive in my old laptop that did fail on me, and that was the only ever drive to fail on me. Currently i have a Seagate drive in my build and i can confirm that it is running perfectly, only downside is that it takes about 6 minutes to completely boot. I have no idea if this is related to Windows and all the programs i have installed on Windows or just simply the drive being slow?
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06 Apr 2016   #55
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yikes that is a boot that needs the boot
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06 Apr 2016   #56
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Yikes that is a boot that needs the boot
LOL!
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06 Apr 2016   #57
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

You might want to download a copy of HD Sentinal to check out the drive and replace it if needed.
Hard Disk Sentinel Trial version - HDD health and temperature monitoring
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06 Apr 2016   #58
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

I did run SeaTools on it like 20 days ago but i'll try HD Sentinel.

EDIT: HD Sentinel says everything is Perfect and that no action is needed.
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06 Apr 2016   #59
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Weird :/
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06 Apr 2016   #60
Laith

Windows 10 Professional x64
 
 

Probably because all the software i've installed, even though i've only taken up 331GB, i will try a clean boot later though.
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