eanfrid wrote:I have a few machines which run 24/7. As a general rule, I replace disks when they reach about 30,000 runtime hours (~ 4 years) if they were not already replaced in the meantime by faster and bigger drives. Starting at this time, they become spare parts and often get an easier second life as external/testing/backup-only disks until they fail. What I mean is: do not worry about HDD life expectancy as long as you check their health and anticipate failures with S.M.A.R.T. monitoring tools.
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