Now, I am into computer since 1986.
In 1989, I got my hands on a 40mb HDD (Western Digital, WD 384R), and this toy costed me… a whole lot of cents.
In the end, though, the best ever buy I could’ve made as HDD, as the darn thing still runs perfectly (not that I use it… I mean… 40mb…)!
To the point…
Lately, and I speak of the last decade, decade and a half, prices in comparison, stayed the same, somewhat, but the quality… absolutely not!!!
Even though I bought and use(d) (I just had a warning today: another drive is about to fail, OBVIOUSLY just timed when the shops began to close, thus I cannot replace it before Tuesday (@ Mondays the shops are closed here)) “always” 6 HDD’s purely for storage (I have an SSD now as system drive).
But this past 10 to 15 years, my HDD’s do not even get to be 5 years old.
There’s no excessive usage, I keep them tidy, I make sure they ain’t used as say a foot-, rugby- or basket ball, in short, they sit tight and safe.
Yet… not one in the mentioned time, got to get 5 years in age, not one.
But, how is this possible… seeing we get more and more technological aware, how come products like HDD’s are suffering from such precipitate demise?
The data I have lost because of these VERY untimely deaths of a data-carrier… is beyond value.
Who can explain this extreme drop in quality, and why this is done?
Considering, our technological progression… seems not applied on these data carriers…?
BTW: the WD 384R?
After if I remember well, 4 Low Level formats (over a LONG period of operation) and quite a few formats, the HDD has about 80K (slightly less) bad sectors.
To give you an idea of what quality used to be…
Not even Novell Netware could get it to break in it’s ridiculously extensive 24 hour drive test.
And that one was beyond excruciating for any a drive…
Those familiar with Novell can confirm how insane that HDD test was…