On the eve of their third anniversary, most failed hard drives fail

On the eve of their third anniversary, most failed hard drives fail ...

Secure Data Recovery, a data recovery company, has determined that failed hard drives fail after an average of 25,233 hours of use, which is 1,051 days, or two years and ten months.

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The average hard drive life expectancy before failure was compiled using data from 2007 failed situations, from which data was restored by the company's specialists. Timothy Burlee, the author of the material, calculated the number of hours from the moment the disk was first turned on until it arrived at the workshop. Drives that failed due to extreme circumstances such as power surges, malware, natural disasters, or accidental damage were excluded from the report.

For comparison, Toshiba drives produced the highest-ever operating time to failure, with an average operating time of 34,799 hours. Hitachi drives produced the worst-ever operating time, with a result of 18,632 hours.

Curiously, the five most fault-tolerant hard drives were developed before 2015, while the least durable ones were released after that point. Head designs have become more complicated, and complexity has traditionally increased the likelihood of failure.

Backblaze, a company that provides cloud storage services, does not provide any statistics for the average life of a hard drive in general.

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