How long will an hdd last...

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  1. turbodeuce

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    if I just back up a whole bunch of stuff and put it back in storage? Will it last indefinitely since it will rarely be turned on?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    no. technically, there is a shelf life that the platters stay magnetized. However, you're more likely to reach electrical limitations with another component (such as the controller) going bad.
     
  3. MrBrotato

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    No it won't last forever. Supposedly a drive that is used once and a while lasts longer than one that is never used as well because it does not sit and settle. If my system or backup drive doesn't go bad, I switch it out after 8 years.
     
  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i kinda want to think that occassionally powering up the hard drive and running spinrite will help it last longer. you can use the option of refreshing the surfaces, pretty much it reads the data and rewrites it
    should keep it magnetized for a while
     
  5. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    don't trust a hard drive with the name "seagate"* or "maxtor" for any length of time, and don't trust any other drive after 5-6 years

















    *since they absorbed TEH EVIL
     
  6. crontab

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    No, there is not an electronic/magnetic medium that will last indefinitely.

    If you are concerned with this data, keep multiple copies of it. Even paper hard copies. Verifying, refreshing it, and migrating it to a new medium every few years.

    Even if the medium did last forever. When forever comes around, how are you going to get the data off that archaic device at the time. We experienced that when we had 20 year old data on tape. Too bad we didn't have anything to get the data off those reels.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    No kidding - we must have like 8 different kinds of tapes but not a backup device in site :rofl:. I finally said, look if you're going to keep the tapes, you gotta keep the drives too - and preferably 2 of em!
     
  8. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    we're supposed to have a DLT, new in the box, around here somewhere
    it's supposed to get installed this weekend, but no one can locate it yet

    i COULD go around and look for it, but i don't have keys anywhere to go looking :rofl:
     

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