I have a 250 GB Seagate HD, IDE type, 72rpm running on a 24/7. and Its already 3 years old, it is used to backup large data, until now still no signs of bad clusters. Given the age and use of my HD, should I be more cautious that It might fail anytime? shoud I replace it even though its still working?
By the way I am also using DVD's to backup files, i'm just concern to my HD's lifespan. Is there a typical lifespan of HD depending on their size (GB)?
theoretically, HDs should last 20 years more til it should bog down, but its safe to assume we're replacing hardware every 3-5 years or so to keep up to date. i used to survive an 8-year Seagate 500mb til i failed to use it due to an upgrade.
its also about time that the HD's motors and heads would develop trouble like wearing out of joints and cylinders and not really about bad clusters detected.
you may opt to run it as Slave from a newer Master til it dies on you. if it still logs some more miles, then its a good quality HD HDs are cheap nowadays
size dont matter, its the make quality that counts there
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