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Backblaze Releases Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2019

Dec 31, 2009
14,789 (4.24/day)
Yeah I guess. But for servers, they should be some industrial shit, just like SCSI/SAS drives.

I know too many people who think that you can just use consumer drives in servers, well, you can, but.... They exist for a reason. Server hardware, I mean.
Of course they are enterprise SSDs...

You can easily use consumer grade hardware in servers. There isn't a terrible amount of difference in a lot of the hardware. Obviously enough for it to be 'worth it' to the enterprise, but, yeah, they in data centers and a large part of them. :)
Nov 5, 2014
652 (0.38/day)
What does that even mean?
What he means is that Backblaze's stats are useless because nobody except Backblaze uses (or should I say mis-uses) consumer grade HDDs in that way, yet every time they release their useless stats there are always big arguments over body the validity of them and what drives are best.
Nov 25, 2012
207 (0.09/day)
Lets make garage quality servers throw desktop drives in them.

Write a report and claim we are experts.
Feb 18, 2005
2,129 (0.40/day)
South Africa
System Name Firelance
Processor i7-3770K @ 4.6GHz / 1.23V
Motherboard Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H @ F16h mod BIOS
Cooling Corsair H105 + 4x Gentle Typhoon 1850
Memory 2x 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 CL9 @ CL7
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 1070 Armor OC with Gaming X BIOS @ 2000 core / 2300 mem
Storage 2x 256GB 840 Pro (RAID-0) + 3TB Deskstar 7K3000 + 512GB BX300 + 8TB WD Purple
Display(s) Dell U2713HM (25x14) + Acer P243W (19x12)
Case Thermaltake Core X31
Audio Device(s) Corsair VOID Wireless
Power Supply Seasonic SS-760XP² Platinum
Mouse Logitech G400
Keyboard Logitech G19
Software Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1


Fishfaced Nincompoop
Feb 27, 2006
15,790 (3.23/day)
System Name A dancer in your disco of fire
Processor i3 4130 3.4Ghz
Motherboard MSI B85M-E45
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Memory 4 x 4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport 1400Mhz
Video Card(s) Asus GTX 760 DCU2OC 2GB
Storage Crucial BX100 120GB | WD Blue 1TB x 2
Display(s) BenQ GL2450HT
Case AeroCool DS Cube White
Power Supply Cooler Master G550M
Mouse Intellimouse Explorer 3.0
Keyboard Cherry MX-Board 3.0
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores I once had +100 dorfs in DF, so yeah pretty great
Heey hold on a minute, I have a Seagate drive on my PS2 and it works..

These stats just mean that I wouldn'd be buying these or recommending to my friends.
I have two WD drives in my computer, both are fine, which means that 100% of WD drives are fine. Zero percent failure rate for at least five years. So i recommend they buy WD.

Mar 18, 2015
2,010 (1.27/day)
Long Island
Title of backblaze report should be ... pick one

"Here is a bunch of reliability information based upon user installing HDs in direct conflict with manufacturer's recommendations"

"Reliability information as to what happens if you are dumb enough install consumer HDs in a Sever environment"

"Server farm installs consumer drives whereby the very features that protect consumer drives cause premature failure in server environment"

Latest real data (August 2017) available from be hardware:

HDs (See note a) below)
HGST 0,82%
Seagate 0,93%
Toshiba 1,06%
Western 1,26%

Samsung 0,17%
Intel 0,19%
Crucial 0,31%
Sandisk 0,31%
Corsair 0,36% (contre 1,67%)
Kingston 0,44%

GFX Cards
Zotac 1,13%
EVGA 1,19%
Gigabyte 1,19%
MSI 1,29%
ASUS 1,30%
Palit/Gainward 1,49%
Inno3D 1,56%
Sapphire 2,90%

Kingston 0,30%
Crucial 0,35%
G.Skill 0,63%
Corsair 0,77%

MoBos (See note b) below)
Gigabyte 1,48%
ASRock 1,55%
ASUS 1,59%
MSI 1,63%

There are several things to keep in mind here .... and while I used two specific examples with HDs and MoBos, it pretty much applies across the board.

a) These represent snapshot in time over 6 months. So for example where HGST finished 1st for the respective 6 month period, For the previous 6 month reporting period,

HGST was 1,13% for a combined 0.975%
Seagate was 0,72% for a combined 0.825%

For SSDs ... Corsair did great for the current period in SSD with 0,36%but last period wa 1,67%

b) I generally don't look at the brand data cause most of the time, it's statistically insignificant. Look for the specific models ... If I see more than 2% say on MoBos, i will avoid those

5,71% ASUS Z170I-PRO Gaming
5,59% ASUS X99 Strix Gaming
4,70% MSI B150M PRO-VDH D3
3,81% ASRock FM2A58M-VG3+
3,45% MSI X99A Gaming 7
3,17% ASUS X99-A II
2,23% MSI Z170A Gaming M3
2,19% ASUS Z170-A

Unfortunately it's a French site and they stopped publishing the data ... I don't speak enough french to do on and ask why :)
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