We all know that hard drives can and will fail eventually, and often unpredictably and without warning. That's why we make sure we back up regularly.
But here's is a question I've been thinking about lately, and I don't know the answer to:
Should we pre-emptively retire old but perfectly-working hard drives, and migrate data to a new drive? If so, after how many hours?
Or should we just run them into the ground until they fail?
Here's a screenshot of one of my favorite tools (CrystalDiskInfo
), showing smart data of my oldest drive, with 39,000 hours powered up:
Is powered-up hours even the right metric to use -- or should we be using the actual years since manufacture?