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Backblaze’s server failure report details best practices for building your own

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If Backblaze s 61,523 operational hard drives are any indication, not often.

On average, Backblaze reports its drives have a fail rate of 1.84 percent in Q1 2016.

Its most used drive was a 4TB Seagate, while the 2 and 3TB HGST have a slightly better lifespan.

HGST was far and away the best drive on Backblaze s test; it routinely hovers around one percent failure rate.

Backblaze obviously isn t the only horse in the race when considering servers, but it s a good look at best practices for those interested in building their own server.

If your app or service depend on it, looks like HGST may be the way to go.

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