Items tagged with hard drive failure

After some angry Barracuda owners expressed their dissents over failing disk drives, Seagate is fessing up to the issue, and is now admitting to a firmware bug in Barracuda 7200.11, DiamondMax 22, and Barracuda ES.2 SATA drives that could make the disks inaccessible when the host system is powered on. According to some users, the drives tend to freeze for about 30 seconds during I/O transfers of streaming video or when reading or writing files at low speeds. According to the Seagate Knowledgebase, once a drive has become affected by the glitch, the data on the drive is completely inaccessible to... Read more...
Engineers at Google have published a PDF concerning hard drives and what factors are most likely to cause them to fail. They studied 100,000 hard drives over the course of five years and had some pretty interesting findings. "It is estimated that over 90% of all new information produced in the world is being stored on magnetic media, most of it on hard disk drives. Despite their importance, there is relatively little published work on the failure patterns of disk drives, and the key factors that affect their lifetime. Most available data are either... Read more...