Consumer drives shown to be more reliable than enterprise drives
By Lucas Mearian
Computerworld | Sep 24, 2014 11:36 AM PT
Seagate hard drives fail with more regularity than those from Western Digital or Hitachi, according to the latest results of an ongoing study by cloud service provider Backblaze. Backblaze released data from 38,000 drives that store more than 100 petabytes in its data center. The research continued to show consumer drives had the same or better reliability compared with more costly enterprise-class drives. Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman said enterprise drives also cost "over 2x more than a consumer drive" so that purchasing the costlier drives even if they did fail less often wouldn't make sense.