Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 08-03-2014, 11:20 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 437

Rep: Reputation: 20
Hard Drive Blues

I have a small disc farm I run on two different Slackware boxes. Each has form 6 to 8 drives, mostly SATA, however the root drive for one is a Maxstor 60 Gb drive which is probably as old as many teenagers. (SMART shows it has having ZERO read errors, as well as other unbelievable numbers.)

All of the storage drives range from 1.5 TB (Seagate) to 4TB WD Red or Seagate drives.

It seems that after power failures, I always run the risk of having a drive not come to life again. Such was the case this weekend, the second this summer.

I keep the case temps well below 40C, usually about 27 to 30C, I run SMART a couple of times a day, every drive gets a long test once a week, automatically, and will all my failures for the last several years, there have been no warnings.

So I am trying to find out what I need to do different. I keep them cool, use a rubber gasket mounting them to help isolate high frequency vibration, spin them down when not used for a period of time, and so on.

I am also trying to figure out what I will replace two failed drives with. Based on a small sample size, I am inclined to use the WD Red drives. HGST (a WD company) has a drive which in the 4TB configuration claims a 1 million hour MTBF. Yeah, right. Product reviews are largely useless, because they praise new products, not look at the history of failures on generations of related products.

Any ideas? Anyone work for a big disc farm, who can comment on what they buy and how they take care of them?

For me, slow spins and low power are nice, but long life would be really really nice.
Old 08-03-2014, 12:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,387

Rep: Reputation: 173Reputation: 173
every drive gets a long test once a week
sholdn't that wear disk and decrease life expectancy?

I think you need large storage space so SSD is not an option. Look for tests on google and mind that slow disks with higher price should have longer life.


hard disk, mtbf

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Minimum downtime way to switch server data from bad hard drive to new hard drive? postcd Linux - Hardware 1 05-18-2014 11:27 AM
LXer: Google Drive Download Blues LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 02-27-2014 10:12 PM
Booting Linux on an external USB hard drive (not a memory stick, a hard drive) comcastuser Linux - Hardware 4 01-13-2010 06:59 PM
selinux hard link count blues jmjaffe Fedora 1 06-23-2006 12:33 PM
pen drive and Mandrake 10.1 blues varun_saa Mandriva 1 01-04-2005 09:23 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:25 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration