Sources: The Register, PC World
quote: These drives are stored in a highly ventilated case and spun down when not in use.
quote: My point was that my experience, WD drives are the worst of the worst.
quote: so I always backup irreplaceable files in another location.
quote: I know HD are very sensitive to noise, even acoustic
quote: Considering that I've had to RMA every single WD green 1.5 TB and 2 TB drive I've ever owned, I would never risk buying another one without a warranty. This is coming from a guy who has 12 drives (1.5 TB to 2 TB capacity) purchased over the last 3 years. These drives are stored in a highly ventilated case and spun down when not in use.Best to go with Seagate, even if the warranties are the same. Both my friend and I have collectively over two dozen drives and neither of us have RMA'd a Seagate. Yes there was the whole click of death thing with Seagate a while back, but it was over publicized for what it was. WD drives just fail after a year or two with little warning.
quote: I strongly doubt we will see HDD's disapear in the next 3-5 years.
quote: On top of that, my supervisor at the computer company commented that he'd never seen computer brought in which had a Linux operating system on it, only those with Windows on it, which made him wonder if some of the "HDD failures" were actually caused by viruses and malware, and not by a manufacturing defect.
quote: one of the contributing factors to shorter life was the frequency of turning it on and off, with frequent power on cycles appearing to contribute to failures. Apparently places like Google, with tens of thousands of the things, had found they extended the HDD life by keeping the drives running instead of turning them off when they weren't being used.
quote: If manufacturers and consumers ever had any doubts before about embracing solid state drive (SSD) technology, maybe now is the time to start making the shift to rid us all of spinning media.