What's happened on the RAID servers is more trouble. The Thecus got 5 Seagate ES2 enterprise grade 1 TB HDs, damned expensive compared to standard issue. They have all failed plus one. FWIW, everything is UPSed and we have full redundant power generator with clean power. Two refurbished drives died just outside their warranty. The accumulated errors brought the raid 5 array down to one non-working drive, and then one degraded drive before the first (a refurb). This destroyed the RAID but fortunately it was mostly backed up. It's since been rebuilt with lower end drives and has been running fine. The Seagate 5900rpm drives in one RAID has been kicking without trouble for two years. The other just came on. We've had more trouble with WD than I want to think about.
To give some context to this poll, read the ongoing discussion about this topic here:
From your experiences, do you think today's hard drives are less reliable than before (lets say five years ago)?
- Yes. (Why is that?)
- I think they are about the same.
- No. (Do you think they are better today?)