Remember last summer, when you could first get OEM two terabyte hard drives for $99? What a deal!
Caution: They have an expected mean time between failures of… well, whenever yesterday equals.
In other news, Yugos aren’t as reliable as Fords…
So what happened? Did one of your media drives commit datacide?
Those things are for use in RAID-6. You buy a case of them, then hot-swap as needed…
The expected failure date for any device is always n+1 day, where n is the last day the device is covered by warranty.
Oh, I don’t know, bob; I’ve had good experiences with Maxtor over the years. The one IBM drive I bought crapped out after about 18 months.
Brand and cost is irrelevant, never trust your data to a single hard drive. RAID, backup to external hard drive, offsite backup (e.g. Mozy or Carbonite), etc. All of these things are becoming easier for the average user, there’s no excuse not to take advantage of them.
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