Saturday February 20, 2016

Hard Drive Reliability Review For 2015

Backblaze has published their latest report comparing the failure rate of drives from all major manufacturers. While the reliability of a drive is never guaranteed, it is interesting to see whether a company measures up to its reputation.

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By the end of 2015, the Backblaze datacenter had 56,224 spinning hard drives containing customer data. These hard drives reside in 1,249 Backblaze Storage Pods. By comparison 2015 began with 39,690 drives running in 882 Storage Pods. We added 65 Petabytes of storage in 2015 give or take a Petabyte or two. Not only was 2015 a year of growth, it was also a year of drive upgrades and replacements. Let’s start with the current state of the hard drives in our datacenter as of the end of 2015 and then dig into the rest later on.

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