Backing up data in any business is essential but with the rate of hard drive failure purported to be high, ensuring that you have a backup plan for the backup is just as important too.
In fact, manufacturers of hard drives themselves will not deny the possibility of failure, but knowing when it will do so is the technical version of the question ‘how long is a piece of string?’ relying on manufacturer statistics may not be sufficient alone.
The ongoing project by Backblaze…
Backblaze have been monitoring the failure rate of their huge bank of hard drives that continually backup their online business. To help others understand what happens and why, they publish their statistics every quarter.
The statistics make for interesting reading. Taking note of both brand and model, the data highlights how hard their 40,000+ hard drives are working, and which are failing – and when.
The research began in 2013, and this infographic looks at data taken from the first quarter of 2015. Castle Computers done some number crunching of our own, taking a different angle on the statistics. We have determined not only which brand appears to be performing better, but we also suggest what the optimum size of hard drive is best to buy based on the latest figures from Backblaze.
With many other online businesses also doing the same, there will soon be a whole heap of statistics, data and research by which the consumer can make the best choice for them, their back up needs and budget too.