What is the longest lasting hard drive? Your experiences?

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  1. Posts : 422
    Windows 7 Pro
       #1

    What is the longest lasting hard drive? Your experiences?


    Hi all,

    I know this is commonly asked online, but I the threads I see aren't recently and are quite old.

    I see some people say that hard drives can last for 10 years because they've had them on and running for 10 years.

    According to some threads I've seen, HGST and Hitachi are long lasting, WD is OK, and seagate is awful.

    But, I've seen a hard drive here:

    MAXTOR 7Y250M0 SATA 250GB-7200RPM HARD DRIVES Search Page.

    It looks like a long lasting as well as I've seen it on some articles.

    So my main question is:

    What is the longest lasting hard drive, and where can I buy it?

    Or if it's hard for you to answer that, please tell me what was the longest hard drive you've had?

    I'm curious to see what you guys have had and the longest lasting ones. I'd like to buy one that's long lasting, new or used.

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 422
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #2

    How about this?

    2nd new one is over 200 dollars, may be very long lasting?

    First on amazon in 2006

    https://www.amazon.com/7L250S0-Maxto...tor+hard+drive
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  3. Posts : 3,724
    Windows 10x64 Build 1709
       #3

    I've always had the best luck with just about any Western Digital drive. Every Seagate I've ever owned has bitten the dust except one 3 terabyte external. I have one WD 500GB that I've used continuously for almost 6 years now. I've heard very good press for the Mushkin drives too but haven't actually used one.
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  4. Posts : 2,499
    Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
       #4

    I have a Fujitsu 6 GB drive purchased in 1998 for Windows 98. It was in daily use until about 6 months ago. At that time it was working well and had no SMART warnings. Fujitsu sold it's hdd business to Toshiba in 2009.

    Unfortunately the past reliability record of a particular product brand is often not a reliable indicator of the future reliability of that brand. Often an individual drive will last a long time out of pure luck and does not necessarily indicate it is a reliable product
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  5. Posts : 422
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks guys for sharing!

    Good to hear other's experiences.

    I found this hard drive in my closet:

    https://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...ywords=wd400bd

    Has 48,418 hours of running time using CAM monitoring software (new vid on youtube about the software, cool stuff).

    My other western digital has 51,349 of on time use. Wow, pretty amazing!

    I also have a 1tb hard drive in my tower that has 1,704 hours of use, so not high yet.

    How does this sound to you all:

    I have the 40gb western digital black hard drive from 2005 as my primary in my older dell dimension e520 I got the other day from my grandma's friend and I see it has onboard RAID.

    I'm thinking of getting 2 or 3 more of the 40gb black hard drives off of amazon for around 10 dollars each (5 dollars buy and 5 dollars shipping), that way I can do RAID. I know I can invest the money in a better PC, but I'm a fan of this older dell that's almost 10 years old, plus I think of this is a cool little fun experiment.

    How does that sound to you all? Is it even possible to do it with 40gb hard drives?
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  6. Posts : 3,488
    Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
       #6

    40GB drives aren't very big when you get Windows installed on them. That only leaves about 20 to 22 GB for any program or data storage, and that will fill up quickly. You might just be wasting money with this experiment.

    On topic: I've always had fantastic luck with Western Digital Drives.

    Mushkin's SSDs are great as well. I have one that compares very favorably to my Samsung 850 EVO and was half the price.
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  7. Posts : 422
    Windows 7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Mellon Head said:
    40GB drives aren't very big when you get Windows installed on them. That only leaves about 20 to 22 GB for any program or data storage, and that will fill up quickly. You might just be wasting money with this experiment.

    On topic: I've always had fantastic luck with Western Digital Drives.

    Mushkin's SSDs are great as well. I have one that compares very favorably to my Samsung 850 EVO and was half the price.
    Yeah, that's true about space being taken up

    I just aimed for the 40gb because they were the oldest sata hard drives I've seen as well as their excellent price.

    And thanks for telling your experiences too! Glad to see that western digital isn't giving anyone major issues here considering how the hard drives in my room are mostly that (and seagate but I've seen so many bad things about them ugh).

    Do any of you test your hard drives with a certain utility? I know some PC's are built with testing in the bios but one of my towers doesn't offer that. It would make sense that a program would be more accurate anyways.
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  8. Posts : 3,724
    Windows 10x64 Build 1709
       #8

    The only program I use is Hard Disk Sentinel and I'm extremely happy with it. Gives all information needed and is pretty light resource-wise.
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  9. Posts : 20,583
    Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
       #9

    Hi,
    I still have 2 very old ones
    One is so old 8y.o. it has old system IDE I believe it's called connections from a x-p machine Hitachi same as another from an Vista machine but it has sata 6y.o.
    Both used for back ups the sata for my Laptop system images

    Not sure what is on the x-p hdd what ever is needs to be updated my older external died so I had to finally get another one with the older hdd connections.
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  10. Posts : 607
    7 x64 Ultimate
       #10

    WD for me too. I have had a long line of them over the years and a low failure rate. Maxtor and Seagate ... not so much.

    O.T. You can get a small SSD drive now for under 40 bucks, so I highly recommend a Samsung for use as a boot and OS drive and then a WD for your programs and data.
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