Via email from Marcin:
I just wanted to share my observations regarding the above HDD, and your testing process. I have 8 of these HDDs, but over the 2y course I had 16 of them - they fail so often. And not only that, they also silently corrupt data - returning rubbish and forgetting to mention that...
I've seen a few reviews of these drives, but none of them, including yours, mention this issue. I had been able to stumble upon it after a fortnight of use, and I have not been really stressing them. This concerns me - how thorough these reviews are? All of them consider performance, none - reliability. It is very nice to know how fast the drive can chew your data, but at the point of chewing the speed is rather irrelevant.
I am curious to hear your opinion about this - are the review just a gimmick, a flashy advert, a bit of slideware, or are they meaningful?
Looking forward to hearing from you,
When we review hard drives we generally only have one sample, and even if we have more, long term endurance testing won't be relevant for us because we can't stress the drives long enough to fail. We do on occasion have a drive fail during testing, but there are so many reasons for failure it's hard to say if one out of 10 throws an error that the drives fail 10% of the time. It's something we'd like to do more of but there's not a great methodology to work from.