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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) May 22, 2009 12:57 PM PDT

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Is there a life expectancy on external hard drives?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 5/22/09 12:57 PM

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Is there a life expectancy on external hard drives?

I have been using the same 250GB external hard drive for more than five years. I backup quicken files, thousands of photos and a lot of other files to a portable drive several times a year. I would like to know if it has a life expectancy and should I eventually retire it? Are there maintenance procedures that will enable me to prolong the life of these drives or is it just a matter of luck when it goes south? Thanks so much!

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Life expectancy of external hard drives varies --Submitted by ben_myers
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3048631#3048631

Life span? Definitely! --Submitted by Zorched
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3048701#3048701

Life expectancy --Submitted by Hforman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3048661#3048661

Do external hard drives have a life expectancy? --Submitted by StephanBer
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3048643#3048643

Life of an external hard drive --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3048865#3048865

Is there a life expectancy on external hard drives? --Submitted by alswilling
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3049941#3049941

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