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[Discuss] The perpetual question: current "best" HDD?

Rich Pieri <richard.pieri at> writes:

> Drives categorized for server use will typically have 3-5 year
> warranties. The 1-2 year warranties are for desktop drives. Server
> drives also cost more for little or no actual benefit other than the
> warranty.
> Because disks are consumables these days. Treat them like the tires of
> your car: something to be used up and replaced before they fail
> outright. Get a stack of disks that you can afford and preferably from
> different manufacturing batches just in case there is a systemic fault.
> Use 'em up and toss/recycle them in 3-4 years.

That is kind of the point, but I'm trying to find ones that *will* last
3-4 years but wont break the bank today.

I don't mind buying new drives periodically.  But I'm trying to figure
out which ones to buy now.  Kinda hard to buy a bunch of drives
simultaneously that are different or from different batches.  ;)

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