Friday, February 11, 2011

The Sounds of Hard Drive Failures

Nowadays that hard drives are getting bigger and bigger and more of our photos and information becomes vulnerable to hard drive failures it's important to know what are the symptoms of the hard drive when it start to show signs of heavy use.

Datacent - Professional Hard Drive and Flash Data Recovery Services created a very interesting list of sounds they hear in their data centers of failing drives.

From Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, Hitachi/IBM, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Quantum you can hear the sounds of the hard drives with bad heads, degraded media, stuck spindle and failing heads.

This is a MUST listen database so you know when you're hard drive is starting to fail. If your hard drive makes noises like these and you are still able to access your files - BACKUP immediately.

Here is the link to the sound files.

3 comments: said...

"What backup? Don't you have one??"
- kinda question to all photographer.

Drives are cheap, DVDs are cheap, the best option is to have two drives in mirror RAID for fast and reliable use aaand copies on DVD out of home - just in case.

100$ for drive compared to loose important photos are nothing :)


Jonathan Angliss said...

While I agree, knowing the sound of a drive failure is a good thing to have in your noggin, nothing beats having a good continuous backup. Things like BackBlaze (an awesome service), or CrashPlan (have no say, never used), should definitely be in your arsenal of tools for your lighting mods.

Benjamim said...

Grande partilha este post. Obrigado Rui.