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Oldest Hard Drive that is still working

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I have a bunch of old IDE drives that still work. I came back to this thread because I just happened to look at a machine I have running in the garage. It has a WD Blue 640gb drive.

I'm guessing it has been in service since '08?

It currently has 54,000 power on hours and 170 power cycles. HD Tune tells me that is 2,222 days of spin time. It has zero errors of any sort. Head flying hours is 21,000 - so head is flying about 50% of the time.

I have no plans to retire it any time soon.

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Usually when I got a new PC or upgraded one, I would also replace the HDDs so I don't have any "ancient" ones any more. 

Apart from 1 from about 2003 which I am not sure if it is still operational and a couple external 1TB drives from....2005-6 IIRC which still work, but I wouldn't call any of them "ancient".

 

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Not too long ago I recovered a failed 2.1Gb Quantum Fireball that was still in operation in a manufacturing environment.  Amazingly enough I found another working one on ebay to replace the failed read/write heads and recover all the data.

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Pair of trusty old Seagate ST446452W

Brand/Model: Seagate Elite ST446452W
Form Factor: 5.25" Full-Height

Capacity: 47GB
Buffer Size: 4MB
Spindle Speed: 5357RPM
Connector: 68-Pin SCSI

 

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