I was wondering what factor matters more when it comes to hard drive life spans:
A) the "actual" amount of hours the hard drive has been ON or IN USE
B] (please no smiley face...it keeps converting my B and bracket into a god damn smiley face) the age of the hard drive since it was manufactured regardless of how much it has been turned
ON or not.
I'm sure the answer is A more so than B, but when someone says the hard drive is 4 years old, that doesn't necessarily mean it's old right? What if the hard drive that is 4 years old has barely been used other than as a backup drive? One of my external HDDs was manufactured in 2011 but I've only used it for probably less than a year in terms of actual use. Would this HDD be considered old and at risk of failing or would it still be considered fairly new with a lot more mileage left on it?
Edited by cornflakes2, 27 December 2014 - 03:37 AM.