3TB Seagate Hard Drives Have 43% Failure Rate, According to Backblaze

/ 2 years ago


Cloud storage provider Backblaze, in its 2014 ‘Hard Drive Annual Failure Rate’ graph, reports that the 3TB Seagate Barracuda drives it used for its storage service had a 43.1% failure rate over 2014. Other Seagate models also performed badly, with the 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.11 failing 23.8% of the time.

It must be noted that Backblaze exposed the drives to heavy stress, using them 24/7 to support user data. Seagate’s drives, designed purely to serve as home external storage devices, are not expected to handle more than eight hours use a day, nor be used as part of a massive vibrating enclosure, so it is baffling why Backblaze would continue to use Barracuda HHDs for a task they are so ill-suited to.

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Not every hard drive manufacturer fared as badly as Seagate, though. HGST drives in particular proved to be very reliable under heavy use, with its 2 to 4TB drives boasting only a 2.3% rate of failure for the year, and the 2TB 7K2000 model leading the pack with a 1.1% failure rate.

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Source: Ars Technica

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  • Zeed

    i know had one… so did my mte. Not buying any seagate hdds as those are only ones that died on me or my mates over so many years..

  • Tyree J Simmons

    My Seagate Free Agent 500 GB is acting up but i had that drive since 2008 and it started acting up in 2014 BUT my Western Digital My Book Live 2 GB Cloud Drive i had since 2012 just died in 2014 with all my Videos: Movies Anime Music and Pictures with no Warning Whatsoever At least my 500 GB Seagate Still works but is warning me by Corrupting the File System and i was able to get all the data off and transfer it to another Seagate Drive.

    • It’s the newer 3 GigaByte model platters that Seagate made that seem to fail with out any warning. Take a look at this data recovery video.

  • I knew the stats were high, but not that they were THIS high… 43% WOW
    in last 6 months I had 2 out of 6 3TB Seagates go, so I guess I should be expecting another one soon huh? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuue2RnkMeQ

  • Adrian Iserhoff

    It may be a little late, but I just found out about this failure rate today. I just happen to have a Barracuda 3TB and it failed after backing up and restoring my laptop a couple years back. I lost everything. Would I still be liable for a refund?

    • Probably not unless there is a Class Action Lawsuit against Seagate, or the do they right thing and offer a recall on these crap poorly engineered and manufactured drives.

  • Wow, Seagate needs to offer a recall to customers on these drives. We really need a Computer Lemon law that mandates a 5 year warranty on Hard Drives.