Are today's hard drives just junk?

It sure seems that way. I Personally have used well over a 1000 hard drives in the last 4 years and can attest to the fact that most of today's desktop hard drives do not last.

I personally feel it is due to the demands the market has placed on driving the cost down. Hard drives are now significantly less expensive per GigaByte than what they once were. The manufactures really try hard to give the consumer the most bang for the buck and like to sell replacements.

If your tired of disks failing on you after a few years and you have done all the trick things to conserve them there is an alternative. There is another type of hard drive called "Enterprise Class".

They are typically designed for commercial applications and are meant to be used and abused 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. That is what I run in my personal machines and I rarely if ever see a catastrophic failure anymore and really use my computers way more than the average person. Here is the PDF http://express.ikoula.com/sites/default/files/fiche_disques_enterprise.pdf describing the difference in the drives. I will also tell you what models from all the big suppliers that you can buy. Surprisingly they do not cost a lot more that the standard consumer grade desktop hard drives.

I would mention them here but I do not think we are allowed to to mention brand specific products. By the way, I do not work or have any affiliation with any hard drive manufacture or supplier. I am just a real power user of hard drives for both personal and business related projects.

Folks please read member, Rabear2010 follow up post here: http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7588_102-5406890.html which includes link to PDF and other info on this topic. Thanks! -Lee

Message was edited by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) 01/07/2013 10:58AM to add PDF link

Message was edited by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) 01/08/2013 9:12AM