Hard Drive Failures

I finally read the Google paper on hard drive failures.

The broad conclusions seem to go against conventional wisdom, notably that the age of a drive or its operating temperature do not impact the failure rate.

Workload has a impact on young and old drives, causing them to fail more often, which makes sense since you are isolating the defects on young drives, and incurring wear and tear on old drives.

SMART monitoring will save your tush only 56% of the time, so 44% of the time the drive will fail silently, there one minute and gone the next…

Interestingly failure is correlated to drive manufacturer and model. I wonder which…


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