Hard Drive Failure Rates

Hard drives fail usually after 2-3 years of extensive use.  Extensive use means filling up the drive and erasing the drive constantly.  You can also wear out the drives more by having them on all the time.  Heat is another factor that can kill a hard drive.  Be sure you have adequate cooling if there are multiple drives in your computer case.  Also be sure to leave some space between the drives for cooling purposes.  I recommend staying away from Maxtor hard drives since they will usually not last more than a year.  I go with Seagate hard drives in all of the systems I build.  I am very hard on disk drives and Seagates can withstand a lot of abuse.

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