johnl at iecc.com
Tue Apr 19 22:05:54 UTC 2016
> Next Look at the curves for failure probability against age (or
>total activity) and note that the classic bathtub shape and consider what
>happens when your whole array is on the steep bit at the end and the first
>drive failure happens.
Drive makers, not being totally dim, try to design their drives so
that they won't fail during the warranty period, but who cares after
that. So it's not surprising that the failure rate goes up a lot
shortly after the warranty expires.
Also, if you buy a bunch of identical drives and slap them into a
RAID, they're likely from the same production run and will have
similar failure characteristics. I try to mix drives from different
manufacturers, or at least with dates at least a month apart so
they're not from the same production run.
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