Backblaze has released a new hard drive reliability report based on data collected during the first quarter of 2017, and what it tells us is that large capacity HDDs are generally safe to use.
There are caveats to that statement, of course. One of them is that filling a single large capacity HDD means there is potential for massive data loss in one fell swoop if the drive should go bad. But then again, that is why we recommend having multiple backups, especially for mission critical data.
In any event, Backblaze’s latest stats aren’t all that different from its previous reliability report. Since then, the cloud storage provider has added 10,577 HDDs to the fray, bringing its total drive count to 82,516.
Seagate has become a bit of a punching bag when the topic of HDD reliability comes up. Blackblaze’s latest report is not likely to change anyone’s opinion on Seagate, and instead will reinforce whatever notion you might already have about the company.
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