We’ve looked to cloud storage company Backblaze for recommendations on the most reliable hard drive brands before. Now the company is back with some data on the best specific models that they use in house to store your data.
Photo by Justin Ruckman.
The company breaks down which models they use across all of the 68,813 hard drives they have in-house. Surprisingly, despite their past data showing a high failure rate for the Seagate brand in general, the specific 4TB Seagate ST4000DM000 makes up 50.4 per cent of their server space. Backblaze describes this model as their “workhorse”, given its huge capacity. This model has an annualised failure rate of 2.8 per cent.
You can check out the full report at the source link below. This isn’t a comprehensive view of the entire hard drive industry (Backblaze specifically notes that they don’t have many hard drives from Toshiba or Western Digital), but it’s an interesting look into a real-life stress test environment.
Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2016 [Backblaze]