HDD Got unreliable after about 5yrs of service..

Seagate Seagate 80gb 7200rpm sata-300 3....
February 17, 2012 at 00:11:18
Specs: Windows Vista 32bit, Core 2 Duo LGA775 3.0GHz/ 3GB DDR2 RAM
Seagate 80GB SATA HDD not being detected at times.

Hi Guys I manage a small network of about 10 computer systems, some of these were assembled 5yrs ago. It seems hard drives on these PC's start being inconsistent one PC after another, what happens is when you restart you detect the HDD and system boots up but after about an hour or so it starts saying it cant find files, programs etc. When I restart again then l cant detect the HDD, go full power off and the power up after about 5mins, HDD gets detected.

I think these HDD's have had it, they've reach the end of their life span?

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February 17, 2012 at 01:02:25
5 years is a pretty good life span for a hard disk (although much depends upon how it has been used). Easy way to test - replace one of the failing hard disks. If the replacement is OK then it pretty much pinpoints the culprit.

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February 17, 2012 at 04:41:46
I have had a number of drives go in 5 years and less but all of these have been Seagate when I have looked at them. I have had Western Digital and Maxtor (from before Seagate purchased them) that have lasted between 8 and 12 years and most of them were taken out of service for being too small (10GB to 40GB) since I tend to take the old hard drives from old machines and use them for back up destinations as internal drives on newer machines. I have an old Maxtor 80GB drive that served 9 years as the primary drive on an XP system and 2 years as a back up drive on a W7 machine (now too small for that) and now it is a network for saving, transferring files and other uses on my home network (nearly 11 years).
At work we are in the process of replacing an aging system using 10 computers plus one server that in 10 years has had 2 drives and 2 machines replaced (I do not know the brands of the drives). Last night I just had one that needed dskchk run 4 times before it would restart fully so that one is on its way out also.
I think that if you get past the 5 year mark them many of those will probably make the 10 year mark, but that is just my experience.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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