whats the problem with them being read regularly?These are cold storage drives, they are not meant to be read every day and run like you would a NAS drive. You write your data to these disks as TRUE backups and leave them alone for the one day you need data as you accidentally deleted it.
Never had a Seagate drive go bad on me. Running 5 of the 4TB NAS drives without issue.
For 5 years in a row (out of ~75 Seagates spinning 24/7/365) I had to RMA 10+ Seagate drives. Although like your response I do not have 1000s of drives so my experience is pretty meaningless as far as describing the millions of drives Seagate sells annually.
Fair enough. When I read the Backblaze article, the thing that caught my attention was the fact that the consistent failing drives were all 7200.12's in the 1.5TB or 3TB size (IIRC...probably a different model, but the capacities were right). Might have just been a bad model.
seagate say it for so it can be that bad Online archiving
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