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Old 02-06-2019, 09:16 AM   #1
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In March of 2014 I purchased a custom PC from Milwaukee PC. OS is WIN10 Professional. It has performed great for the entire time. It has two internal 2GB WD 7200RPM drives, 32 GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 2GB, and a WIFI card. I want to know when I might expect those drives to fail.
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No way to know. Depends on usage. Could last 15 years or 2.
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In March of 2014 I purchased a custom PC from Milwaukee PC. OS is WIN10 Professional. It has performed great for the entire time. It has two internal 2GB WD 7200RPM drives, 32 GB of DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT630 2GB, and a WIFI card. I want to know when I might expect those drives to fail.
Your motherboard most likely supports S.M.A.R.T and will start warning you of imminent failure. However, some failures are abrupt and happen before any S.M.A.R.T events are triggered. Considering the low cost of HDD storage, I really hope you have a backup in place.
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HDD's can fail at any time. You can put in a brand new one and it could fail. Or it could last 10 years or more.
As stated, the more you use and access a HDD the more wear and tear and aging will occur. As also stated, always keep a backup copy of all your files you don't want to loose.
Download Crystal Disk Info standard edition to check the Health of your drives. Test them periodically.
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also depends on the make and model of the hard drive. I have had several ST3000DM001's (about 20+) fail within 6 months.
I have a 125mb (yes MB) disk from 1994ish that's still going strong.
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