[mythtv-users] OT: Predicted hard drive failure; replacement consideration
jedi at mishnet.org
Fri Apr 20 18:37:40 UTC 2012
On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 07:06:55PM +0100, Mike Perkins wrote:
> On 20/04/12 15:46, jedi wrote:
> >On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:17:26PM +0800, James Linder wrote:
> >>On 20/04/2012, at 8:00 PM, mythtv-users-request at mythtv.org wrote:
> >>>>>I, too, have, sadly, had much bad luck with Seagates, from 500GB up to
> >>>>>failing in much less than the expected life
> >>>>I had a 100% failure rate for Seagate 750G drives. Two failed
> >>>>simultaneously and trashed my RAID. All replaced under warranty.
> >>>>Ray Lischner
> >>>Yep I've had a 750GB Seagate drive replaced twice and a 500GB drive
> >>>replaced once but its replacement has yet to be used
> >>Seagate's "ATA more than just an interface" says that if you have more than 1 disc in a box it WILL fail and lo and behold over the years disc failure is almost legendry.
> >>The rational rebels against such nonsense but stories like the above persist (and their article explains WHY and distinguishes between enterprise, SCSI and consumer disks)
> > The only Seagate drives of mine that have actually failed were completely
> >unmonitored disks used for myth recordings. The rest I have taken out of service
> >pre-emptively based on values reported by smartctl.
> This isn't one of those Hiesenberg things, is it? Could it be the
> disks all run merrily along *until* you run smartctl against them?
No. I just let some drives run until they died because they didn't
hold anything important. I only started monitoring some of my disks
because of Seagate's big problems about 3 years ago.
I kept an eye on stuff I didn't want to lose. I was trying to stay
a step ahead of the spinny disk grim reaper.
I have 2 drives from Seagate's notorious period currently on deathwatch.
My newer Seagate drives appear to be fine despite being monitored.
> FWIW, I have a big pile of dead Western Digital drives in the corner
> of the room, of various sizes and ages. Not a single one of any
> other make.
I recently decided to gather stats for all of my systems.
Old-ish Seagate drives all have errors. Newish ones don't. Neither do the WDs.
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