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How Long Do Hard Drives Actually Last?

As the price of large hard drives consistently drops, many small businesses are attempting to backup their data using consumer models easily available through retailers. However, as this article by ExtremeTech shows it may be quite the risky practice. A long running experiment has been in place using 25,000 drives operating constantly for the past 4 years, aiming to show the real lifespan of the storage units compared to manufacturer’s claims. While the findings show that about 80% of drives make it to 3 years of operation, that still means that 1 in 5 drives will fail and crash during that same time period. Furthermore, by extrapolating the trends it shows that only about 50% will make it to 6 years of use.

The lesson to be learned here is that you don’t want to take chances with critical information. 70% of businesses that lose data file for bankruptcy within 2 years – all because of something that is ultimately preventable. The only long term solution for backing up digital information is onto dedicated servers or through a cloud service and we have you covered! Call us at The Data Vault and we can create a customized plan to fit your needs: (502) 244 – 1151 



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