[vcf-midatlantic] several things

Mark Whittington markwhi at gmail.com
Thu Jan 2 20:20:29 EST 2020

As the discussion has included several mentions of drive failures, this
seems somewhat relevant so I thought I'd share it.

Backblaze (the Internet hosted backups company) does a quarterly drive
statistics report which contains some interesting failure metrics. The
latest one is here:

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 5:40 PM Kenneth Seefried via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> - Do some research on bit-error rate on those large drives before you
> commit your data to one of them.  Not pretty.
> - I have a stack of USB "backup drives" in the 500GB-10TB ranges that in
> relatively short periods of storage (2-3 years) cased to function.  The
> Western Digital units seem to be particularly bad, but that's subjective.
> Redundancy, storage diversity and data integrity seems to be a big part
> being successful here.

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