[SATLUG] Bittorrent and Hard drive failure
alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Wed Jul 29 20:39:27 CDT 2009
MK Davis Jr wrote:
> While doing large bit torrent download, I've had two hard drives to
> fail during or within days thereof. I've googled and there appears
> to be some concern that a failure maybe caused by excessive Hdrive
> usage. I have used Dban software, a disk wipe program, that read/write
> the Hdrive for hours with no failures. I wonder if any of you have had
> a similar experience.
I recently had some hard-drive problems and went to Altex to pick up a
couple cooling fans, and a salesman there told me about a study done at
Google on hard drive failures that sounds applicable.
They made a number of surprising conclusions that seems to contradict
"conventional wisdom". First, their server farms are filled with
_consumer grade_ HDD's, and if that isn't a hard operating environment
(given how much traffic they handle), I don't know what is. But the one
point that caught my attention was that elevated operating temperatures
did not hurt reliability -- in actually helped ... up to a point.
If you're interested, the report is available at Google Labs. Just
search for something like "Hard Drive Reliability Study".
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