[mythtv-users] Thoughts on these recertified HGST drives ?

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Fri Dec 10 16:51:18 UTC 2021

On Fri, 10 Dec 2021 16:24:50 +0000, you wrote:

>I’ve reached that “need more space again” time (especially as SWMBO has started on the “don’t delete that, I might want to watch it again), and looking around I see that CPC have some 6TB drives for £89 each.
>I’m assuming they’ll all be around the same age as the one in the photo - so 6 years, and I’m guessing they’ve probably been running 27/7 in some storage array or server. But HGST had a pretty good reputation before it disappeared (into WD ?) - and if they were OK after 5 years in service, they’re probably OK for a few more years.
>Anyone got any thoughts as to why not move my recordings onto a couple of these ?

I had been running two 3 Tbyte HGST drives (HDS723030ALA640) 24/7 in
my MythTV box up until earlier this year.  I only retired them due to
needing more space (they were replaced by a 16 Tbyte and an 18 Tbyte
drive).  One of them is currently waiting on a new use, but the other
went into my mother's MythTV box and has been running 24/7 there.  It
is currently showing 88570 hours of power on time (10.1 years), and is
running fine with no sign of any problems.  The photo in that ad is
very similar to my 3 Tbyte drives, so it is likely using similar
technology.  So if they have had 6 years in service, then they should
be good for quite a few more.  My drives had a 5 year warranty when I
bought them.

Is it possible to get the SMART data of those drives before you buy?
To see if there are any values that are going bad, and what the actual
power on hours are?

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