How long does a laptop hard disk last?

solariiknight

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My HP Pavillion DV1000 had a 60GB hard disk and it lasted for nearly 5 years(operation time: 1.5years) before getting a bad sector while a 320GB portable hard disk which I bought lasted for 1.5 years (257 days operation time) before getting 30 bad sectors.So I'm just wondering how long you guys have experienced that a laptop hard lasts? (portable hard disks too, as they are nothing but laptop hard disk enclosed with a SATA to USB converter)
 

Sushubh

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i have not had a bad hard disk for a long time now. but i have had crashes in the past. i do not really trust hard disks. they are going to be harder to trust in the future as both seagate and western digital are reducing the warranties on their disks comprehensively.

so instead of 3/5 years, you are now looking at warranties of just one year. i try to have all important stuff i have in the cloud. and this is something i recommend to everyone. use a service like backblaze if your data is very important to you. if not, use free alternatives like Dropbox, Google Docs, Skydrive.

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i guess this is also because i tend to replace hard disks faster these days.

i have not bought a new hard disk in i believe 2 years now.

i plan to buy a hybrid unit to replace a 500GB drive i have which is the older of the two drives i have currently.

but then i would probably replace the secondary 1TB drive with a 2/3TB for storage too. all this when hard disk prices get sane again later this year.

i have no idea what i would do with these two disks then. :p

i do not like the idea of having four disks in my desktop. even though it can probably accommodate 6. probably more :p
 

Sid

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Laptop HDD was of seagate (120GB) , lasted 3 yrs and having bad sectors. I use it now as a external one just to keep some files.Using WD for a year now.
 


kickass

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i still have old hdd's (>5yrs old) working perfectly. i bght a external case and use them as external drive. the newer ones unfortunately do not have the same quality as the old ones.
 

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@Admin...How safe online backup is when it comes to family photos and personal data? Or there any good way out like burning data into DVD like that...?I am very much concern about the family photos..rest data is not that important for me. please suggest.
 

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