New Report Gives Optimistic Findings Regarding Large-Capacity HDDs
One of the key advantages that HDDs have over SDD is that they can generally store more data at a lower price. This increased data storage does have one downside, however. Many consumers are wary of trusting all of their data to a single drive. However, a new report suggests that 10 and 12 TB HDDs are more reliable than some have feared.
Backblaze, an online data storage company which uses thousands of HDDs, has released its most recent quarterly durability report. This report is the first since the company started using 10 and 12 TB HDDs and it found that, over the course of the past four months, the drives had not failed a single time, but it noted that data was limited.
“The 10- and 12 TB drive models are new,” the report says. “With a combined 13,000 drive days in operation, they’ve had zero failures. While all of these drives passed through formatting and load testing without incident, it is a little too early to reach any conclusions.”
As Backblaze notes, these devices have seen limited so it is difficult to draw any concrete conclusions. That being said, it’s worth mentioning that a lot of new hardware often fails due to errors that weren’t caught during production. The first batch of Xbox 360s and the infamous red ring of death are a prime example of this issue.
While the 10 and 12 TB models are fairly new, Backblaze also uses more than 25,000 8 TB models and those have a lower failure rate than the 4 and 6 TB models. The smaller drives do make up the bulk of Backblaze’s devices, but its transition to higher capacity devices appears to be moving smoothly.
On the consumer front, Backblaze’s report noted that the consumer models actually fared a bit better than enterprise models in terms of failure rate with the enterprise models failing about 1.2 percent of the time compared to the consumer model’s failure rate of 1.1 percent.
The company noted that the enterprise models still made sense for it, but said other organizations needs might be better served with the consumer variants.
“As we have previously documented, the Seagate enterprise drives load data faster and have a number of features such as the PowerChoiceTM technology that can be very useful,” the company noted. “In addition, enterprise drives typically have a 5 year warranty versus a 2 year warranty for the consumer drives. While drive price and availability are our primary considerations, you may decide other factors are more important.”
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