For years, hard drive makers have manufactured premium enterprise models that are more reliable but more expensive. Online backup service Backblaze, though, chose to use consumer-oriented drives, and now it's releasing statistics about just how reliable they are.
The company now has 75 petabytes of data stored on 25,000 drives, and it's been tracking failure rates since 2009. So far, 76 percent of drives live past their fourth birthday, said Backblaze distinguished engineer Brian Beach in a blog post Tuesday. Beach just joined Backblaze after 15 years at TiVo, where he was vice president of research and … Read more