Robots.net suffered from a major disk crash last night. A shiny new hard
drive has been installed and the site has been restored from the most
recent full backup, which was made September 12. The bad news is that
we've lost anything that happened between the 12th and 16th including
posts, replies, blog entries, and new user accounts. The good news is
that we've restored the other 4 GB of content. And I was able to restore
the last few articles thanks to Google's cache of the site.
I'm curious what brand of hard drives others have had the best luck with
lately. We've had several hard drive crashes (on other servers) in the
last year - all
Western Digital Drives. Prior to that, I've only had such a high crash
rate with Maxtor drives. We have a lot of IBM/Hitachi drives and they
have a 0% failure rate so far. All I could get on short notice for this
server was a Seagate barracuda. I haven't used Seagate drives since my
BBS days in the 1980s but I seem to recall they were fairly reliable.
Anyone have any opinions or experiences gained from recent hard drive
failures they want to share?
I tend to use either Seagate or IBM/Hitachi for clients and
mission-critical use. We also ONLY use SCSI disks as they come with 5
year warrantees whereas IDE is often 30 day or similarly short. If
anything is telling, I'd say the warrantees are.
I have a few el-cheapo IDE disks in use at home and am starting to build
a parity raid array out of them as I'm nervous they will fail on me at
the most inopportune time.
All important data is also backed-up to tape. Something I recommend to
Here at my school we use 98% Western Digital drives ranging from 10gb
to 40gb most of our drives are mounted in removable sleds. We may have
a failure rate of 2% which is good . We have some where around 300
drives. And the drives are taken in and out of our machines every day
and night. Our students have 2 courses one Mon. Weds. class and one
Tues. Thurs. class for days. And we have night students with the same
set up. The biggest problem we have is at the start of a new term. The
drives get reallocated and the machines may or not need jumpers on the
drives. Most of these drives arre at least 2 yrs. old.