back to article Backblaze starts tracking hot drives as world preps for rising global temperatures

Cloud storage and backup provider Backblaze has released its latest drive statistics report, introducing tracking of temperature data for drives and failure rates for each datacenter. Backblaze, which focuses on cloud-based storage services, issues regular reports on the health and status of the fleet of storage devices under …

  1. DougMac

    Could be...

    It could be that those drives run hot because the bearings are on the process of going out.

    So because the drive is at the tail end of working right because the bearings no longer work at 100%, it heats up, causing the drive to malfunction even more.

    I think a lot of processes like this are a viscous cycle.

    But if it gives them insight into drive failure predictability, I think it would be worth tracking.

    Myself, I have smartd track drive failure notices, and can start to plan on replacement when I have say more than x # of bad sectors or so. Seems to work for me.

    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: Could be...

      If you have a viscous cycle in your hard drive, I suspect that mere heat is the least of your worries.

  2. usbac Silver badge

    At my previous job we had a small onsite data center. Over the years, we had a couple of occasions where the AC unit went offline, and the room got very within a few minutes (100+ F) before we could shut everything down.

    Every time this happened, over the next 30 days I would lose a few drives. Otherwise, except for the Hitachi DeathStar* drives, I had very few failures.

    *We had so many DeathStar failures that I kept a stack of pre-printed shipping labels on my desk. I was sending out almost a drive per day...

  3. Thought About IT

    Nothing to worry about

    Surely this is just another of those things, like mass migration as lands becoming uninhabitable due to the global heating hoax, that we shouldn't worry our pretty little heads about?

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