Hard Drives – How Long Do They Last

Hard drives can and do have issues and can stop working so how long do they last on average.

Hard drive failure or when hard drives begin showing errors can result in huge issues for business and home owners , so ensure that if you are having issues get the hard drives tested – as i do for clients.

Below is a diagram from Backblaze who provide data on hard drive failure rates by manufacturer  Statistics Based on 49,056 Hard Drives

There is also data from Google which supports the data collected that after 3 years the failure rate is around the 8% mark.


So what does all this mean ?

The older your hard drive the more critical it is for you to back up.

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Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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