Beware of Hard Drive Failure

Do you use a Seagate hard disk drive? If so, read Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives. Seagate’s drives are failing at an unreasonable rate, but the scary statistics go beyond Seagate. In fact many manufacturer’s drive suffer non-trivial failure rates, according to a recent report from Backblaze. Failure rates for different drive models in this report range from under 1% to more than 10%. Rates this high are certainly a reason to be concerned, especially if you are relying on hard drives to back up your data.



About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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3 Responses to Beware of Hard Drive Failure

  1. Sally says:

    I don’t see anything about Iomega HD’s, which is my preferred brand. I’ve used them for years with not failures thusfar (knock on wood). Do you have any information?

  2. Sally says:

    Thank you Mark

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