[mythtv-users] Re: Hard Drives that Actually Work?

Dan wolf mboverload at gmail.com
Thu Dec 30 22:24:12 UTC 2004


Don't buy Maxtors, they are famous for poor quality and unreliability.
 Western Digital, too.

Seagates and IBMs are the best.  I have a drive around 10 years old
from IBM and it is still working.  I have it hooked up to a server,
but I'm not sure why I keep it, has hardly any space.


On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 21:26:48 +0000, Greg Cope <gregcope at gmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry, meant no.
> 
> Most disk failures that I have seen (100+ disks, in DC's that have
> 1000's) have been when the systems have been power cycled, and the
> disks fail at startup or just after.
> 
> Normal policy at some places is to replace at the the 1st sign of
> errors, as you can factor this work in when you want to, compared to
> it failing when you do not want it to (Friday afternoon).  The cost of
> the disk is actually small compared with the work required to replace
> it properly (take a backup, replace disk, check it etc ... A sysadmin
> has to do some work, along with a disk swapping monkey (might be one
> and the same!))
> 
> I've only seen a few (less than 10, probably 5) fail whilst in use.
> So a rough guestimate would be that 95% of disks failures I have seen
> are at power up.
> 
> I am supplier agnostic, with Seagate and IBM/Hitachi being a
> perferance at the mo.  But have Samsung/WD drives too.  Oh - I also
> have lots of backups, my preferance being a USB enclosures ~ these are
> cheap and mobile.
> 
> Greg
> 
> 
> On Wed, 29 Dec 2004 00:06:44 +1100, Hamish Moffatt <hamish at cloud.net.au > wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 28, 2004 at 10:00:39AM +0000, Greg Cope wrote:
> > > On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 12:43:33 +1100, Hamish Moffatt <hamish at cloud.net.au > wrote:
> > > > Does a disk which is spinning 24x7 but is mostly idle
> > > > (eg my Myth installation) fail more quickly than a disk
> > > > which is powered off for those other hours?
> >
> > > I'd say yes, as in most datacentres I've seen more disks die at
> > > spinup/start up than during normal 247 use.
> >
> > Err, did you mean no? I'm confused.
> >
> > Hamish
> > --
> > Hamish Moffatt VK3SB <hamish at debian.org > <hamish at cloud.net.au >
> >
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