[mythtv-users] OT: Predicted hard drive failure; replacement consideration

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Fri Apr 20 18:06:55 UTC 2012

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
>>>>> 2TB,
>>>>> 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?

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.


Mike Perkins

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