How many HDD have failed on you?

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#1 Posted by iampenguin (223 posts) -

So how many Hard Disk Drives HHDs have failed on you/crashed?

Me, none. Yet.

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#2 Posted by Horgen (109950 posts) -
Surprisingly none so far. I thought the old 160GB from 2006 would have died by now, but it certainly can take a beating... I mean use :P
#3 Posted by iampenguin (223 posts) -

Arn't you worried it will crash any day?

I have a 8 year old PC with a 40GB HDD it was slow but was still going. But I donated it away too scared to keep my data on it.

#4 Posted by Gaming-Planet (13685 posts) -

None.

So many writes and reads and none so far.

#5 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23354 posts) -
like 6 out of 30
#6 Posted by nilzg (753 posts) -
Only 1, an external 2.5" one, could salvage a good portion of it though.
#7 Posted by kitty (114213 posts) -
0. I have a HDD that was used from a super old computer, I think 2006 that I keep stuff on in this one. I do believe my hdd is dying in my laptop though. I can hear it clicking and it sometimes take awhile to load things. Crystal Disk says it's okay, but not sure if I should believe that at all.
#8 Posted by Horgen (109950 posts) -

Arn't you worried it will crash any day?

I have a 8 year old PC with a 40GB HDD it was slow but was still going. But I donated it away too scared to keep my data on it.

iampenguin
Nah, the PC is so old anyway... It's running XP
#9 Posted by XxR3m1xInHDn3D (1967 posts) -
1 I managed to keep the data but my computer was so slow and it got progressively worse but replacing the HDD fixed it
#10 Posted by C_Rule (9739 posts) -
From 20-30 personal HDDs, I've never had one fail.
#11 Posted by mrmarrero (306 posts) -

I've had one fail.  A 150GB 10K RPM.  It went died in 2010.  

Oddly enough I still have a (very) old IBM x386 running DOS that has a 10 MB (yes, Megabyte) hard drive that is still running strong.  That box was built sometime around 1986.  I fire it up every now and then for nostalgia sake.

#12 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15642 posts) -

So how many Hard Disk Drives HHDs have failed on you/crashed?

Me, none. Yet.

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iampenguin

Strangely enough, only one and that's from the time of my first DIY back in 1992 to the present. The only hard drive that has died on me was a 1.6Gb IDE Western Digital hard drive. I bought it in 1996 and it died in like 2002. All other hard drives I bought since have lasted through the life of the PCs they were in. I've been extremely lucky so far.

I still have this:

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I bought it back in 2001 or 2002. I can't quite recall which year. The hard drive inside is a 100Gb Hitachi Deskstar. It still works. A disk check says it doesn't have any bad clusters yet.

I have two (WD) hard drives from 2002 and they still work. One (160GB) is currently in my kid's PC. Another (200Gb) used to be in an old PC and is now in an external enclosure.

I assembled my first 2.5" non-powered external hard drive back in 2005 with a WD 55Gb Scorpio and 3rd-party external enclosure. It too still works great.

I don't know if buying hard drive "boxed" or retail have something to do with it. But, I've had excellent luck with hard drives. 

#13 Posted by PernicioEnigma (5271 posts) -
A 1TB WD caviar Black failed on me after only about a year.
#14 Posted by C_Rule (9739 posts) -
Oh wait. I did have two HDDs in a RAID enclosure die on me. Not sure if that counts though, I did plug a laptop power brick into it (burnt out TVS diode on PCB).
#15 Posted by adamosmaki (9340 posts) -
surprisingly only 1 external so far ( my main rig has a 6 year old seagate and still going strong and fast )
#16 Posted by PernicioEnigma (5271 posts) -
A 1TB WD caviar Black failed on me after only about a year.
#17 Posted by --Anna-- (4489 posts) -

None.

#18 Posted by osan0 (12521 posts) -
1 external HDD began to show signs of failure (weird clicking sounds, not always detected when plugging it in (windows and linux), SMART warnings appearing under linux) so that has been retired. other than that none surprisingly. i suspect my 10k hdd is gone though as it took a bit of a bang during a house move. but i haven't tested it (and i probably wouldn't trust it now anyway). my old laptop lasted 8 years and in the end it was the mobo that failed not the HDD. it amazing how fragile they look if you open one up (of course make sure its dead first) and the tolerances are so small....but pretty darn reliable.
#19 Posted by osan0 (12521 posts) -
1 external HDD began to show signs of failure (weird clicking sounds, not always detected when plugging it in (windows and linux), SMART warnings appearing under linux) so that has been retired. other than that none surprisingly. i suspect my 10k hdd is gone though as it took a bit of a bang during a house move. but i haven't tested it (and i probably wouldn't trust it now anyway). my old laptop lasted 8 years and in the end it was the mobo that failed not the HDD. it amazing how fragile they look if you open one up (of course make sure its dead first) and the tolerances are so small....but pretty darn reliable.
#20 Posted by CptJSparrow (10897 posts) -
Two, both from power bumps caused by machines like weed-whackers running on the same circuit.
#21 Posted by gogoplexiorayo (114 posts) -

one died in april 2012 and another in june 2012. they where both from a pre built i bought (and still use) from 2010. The one i have now still works fine.

#22 Posted by gogoplexiorayo (114 posts) -

one died in april 2012 and another in june 2012. they where both from a pre built i bought (and still use) from 2010. The one i have now still works fine.

#23 Posted by 04dcarraher (18864 posts) -
surprisingly only 1 external so far ( my main rig has a 6 year old seagate and still going strong and fast )adamosmaki
With my external 320gb I thought it died but I opened it up and installed in my pc and the drive was fine the interface failed. I have went through two external enclosures with the same HDD, since 2004 as for normal internal drives I have had some old ones fail ie 20gb or lower hdd's, but the drives I have bought since say 2006 onward only three have died one seagate one WD and one samsung. 80gb, 250gb and a 500gb.
#24 Posted by Merkasaw (6 posts) -
I've only had one fail ever and it was a crappy portable USB drive. It didn't really see much abuse at all, but it one day died on me about a year after I got it. I've got Barracuda ES.2 drive in my rig, so I'm hoping they'll never die before I replace them.
#25 Posted by General_X (9021 posts) -
I haven't had a mechanical drive fail on me (though just in case I still back-up everything). I have however had a SSD fail on me, I think there might have been a strange incompatiblility with my efficient power supply, but luckily I was still under warranty and they sent me a replacement and even bumped me up to the "Xtreme" version of the drive for free. Seems to be working well now.
#26 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2566 posts) -

Every single one of my old hard drives died. I have had 3 die on my so far

#27 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2566 posts) -

Every single one of my old hard drives died. I have had 3 die on me so far

#28 Posted by Alienware_fan (1492 posts) -

0. I have a HDD that was used from a super old computer, I think 2006 that I keep stuff on in this one. I do believe my hdd is dying in my laptop though. I can hear it clicking and it sometimes take awhile to load things. Crystal Disk says it's okay, but not sure if I should believe that at all.2ndWonder
Clicking noise is normal for harddrives, dosent mean its failing.

#29 Posted by Alienware_fan (1492 posts) -

0. I have a HDD that was used from a super old computer, I think 2006 that I keep stuff on in this one. I do believe my hdd is dying in my laptop though. I can hear it clicking and it sometimes take awhile to load things. Crystal Disk says it's okay, but not sure if I should believe that at all.2ndWonder
Clicking noise is normal for harddrives, dosent mean its failing.

#30 Posted by HelpWithPC (40 posts) -

It didn't fail me but I fried one of my Hard drives before in my laptop wich led to a chain reaction. After it fried I sent it to person to get it fixed and had a new hard drive that ran a little faster but less space. After a couple months it started to fail and had to get another one that was less space. Right now with this hard drive it takes 10 secs to boot and after I get to the desktop it takes a few minutes before I can do anything. I am ready to just throw the hard drive out and get a 120gb ssd and 500gb hdd.

#31 Posted by joseph_mach (3574 posts) -

Personally, I've only had 1 drive fail for me in roughly the 10 or so I've had.

At work it seems like I see at least 2 or so a week.  Western Digi drives don't seem to like Texas weather very much or something...

#32 Posted by nicecall (428 posts) -
i've had about 8 die completely on me. 3 of those were the older version of the western digital 10,000 rpm raptor drives... the newer 2.5 inch versions of the raptors i've run non stop on various things and had no problems with them. but overall i've owned so many drives that isn't bad for failures over the course of 20 years. but knowing they can fail, i do triple back ups of everything and also do blu-ray backups also incase of a nuclear explosion which could destroy the electronics on a hard drive. gotta be ready for the nukes.
#33 Posted by nicecall (428 posts) -
i've had about 8 die completely on me. 3 of those were the older version of the western digital 10,000 rpm raptor drives... the newer 2.5 inch versions of the raptors i've run non stop on various things and had no problems with them. but overall i've owned so many drives that isn't bad for failures over the course of 20 years. but knowing they can fail, i do triple back ups of everything and also do blu-ray backups also incase of a nuclear explosion which could destroy the electronics on a hard drive. gotta be ready for the nukes.
#34 Posted by nicecall (428 posts) -
i've had about 8 die completely on me. 3 of those were the older version of the western digital 10,000 rpm raptor drives... the newer 2.5 inch versions of the raptors i've run non stop on various things and had no problems with them. but overall i've owned so many drives that isn't bad for failures over the course of 20 years. but knowing they can fail, i do triple back ups of everything and also do blu-ray backups also incase of a nuclear explosion which could destroy the electronics on a hard drive. gotta be ready for the nukes.
#35 Posted by nicecall (428 posts) -
i've had about 8 die completely on me. 3 of those were the older version of the western digital 10,000 rpm raptor drives... the newer 2.5 inch versions of the raptors i've run non stop on various things and had no problems with them. but overall i've owned so many drives that isn't bad for failures over the course of 20 years. but knowing they can fail, i do triple back ups of everything and also do blu-ray backups also incase of a nuclear explosion which could destroy the electronics on a hard drive. gotta be ready for the nukes.
#36 Posted by nicecall (428 posts) -
i've had about 8 die completely on me. 3 of those were the older version of the western digital 10,000 rpm raptor drives... the newer 2.5 inch versions of the raptors i've run non stop on various things and had no problems with them. but overall i've owned so many drives that isn't bad for failures over the course of 20 years. but knowing they can fail, i do triple back ups of everything and also do blu-ray backups also incase of a nuclear explosion which could destroy the electronics on a hard drive. gotta be ready for the nukes.
#37 Posted by Mozuckint (773 posts) -

Luckily that number to this day remains at zero.

#38 Posted by wis3boi (30812 posts) -

Only one in my life. I put it in the freezer for an hour to get it working for just enough time to salvage some important data

#39 Posted by Arthas045 (5045 posts) -

I have had only one start acting up.... I replaced it before it failed.

#40 Posted by skipper847 (3000 posts) -

None so far but they do tend to make a lot of noise over time. But recently fixed my problem as again after a year it was making a bad humming noise and thought Nooooooo. any way I opened up my pc and took the HDD cleaned it and move the wires etc put it back in nice and snug and the noise went away.

#41 Edited by comp_atkins (31109 posts) -

had one 500GB go a little squirly on me but was able to recover it. still in use though not as my boot drive any longer.

#42 Posted by The_Animator420 (227 posts) -

I have had about 4-6 HDD's fail on me over the course of about 8 years or so. No SSD's have failed me yet. (Knock on wood)

#43 Edited by XIntoTheBlue (839 posts) -

I never had a HDD failure, thankfully. The closest I came to one was one external that had power issues before failing. It would not turn off at all via the power button and unplugging it from the wall was the only way. It would not turn back on after I did such a thing (waste of power just to leave it plugged in). Thankfully, I was able to remove the hard drive from its casing and install it inside my PC as the hard drive was basically an internal with it's own external casing.

#44 Posted by KABCOOL (1144 posts) -

Absolutely none, all of mine have been great.

#45 Posted by barrybarryk (436 posts) -

I've been lucky on the disk failure front, I've been a PC user since the 486 days and have never had a drive fail on me. I do have a mate that was unfortunate enough to have two fail in the same PC within weeks of each other though.

#46 Posted by soolkiki (1703 posts) -

Zero

#47 Edited by s-e-e-k (247 posts) -

A Maxtor and one Toshia HDD in my Laptop.

#48 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2065 posts) -

None.

Even the hdd from my 10 year old laptop is still working.(the laptop itself doesn't work though)

#49 Posted by Tezcatlipoca666 (7241 posts) -

Surprisingly, none. The main HDD in my desktop is a 250GB Seagate from 2005 with > 25 000 hours on it. That's not the oldest HDD I have, but it does have the most hours.

#50 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (6161 posts) -

1 although I am unsure if It should Count. Had an external seagate fall off the desk while used, caused it make the dreaded clicking noices and got really slow. So... One over the span of 20 years.