Goodbye Western Digital
In Q2 2019, the last of the Western Digital 6 TB drives were retired from service. The average age of the drives was 50 months. These were the last of our Western Digital branded data drives. When Backblaze was first starting out, the first data drives we deployed en masse were Western Digital Green 1 TB drives. So, it is with a bit of sadness to see our Western Digital data drive count go to zero. We hope to see them again in the future.
BTW, you should be careful promoting Kingston SSDs. They have a similar reputation to Seagate with hard disks, only there might be some actual statistics to back that notion up. I've had very bad luck with them personally.
Edit: I know Dell and other OEMs switch hard disks suppliers regularly. I guess they see them as interchangeable and not that one brand in inherently better than others? I'm not trying to say that Seagate is the best; I'm only disputing your advice.
pdipps wrote: ↑ tbh, haven't checked the most recent report, but the have, in the past, pretty consistently pointed out Seagate as having a higher failure rate than WD/HGST. Has that changed in the last 1-2 reports?
I'm fully willing to correct my stance if the numbers say otherwise and Seagate has made quality improvements.
EDIT: looks like 2019 doesn't have any WD, but Seagates failure rate is 0.96%-3.32%. HGST failure rates are 0.4%-0.79%. HGST worst failures are better than Seagate's best. Seagate's worst drives are 8.3x more likely to fail than HGST's best
And RE: no major purchaser avoiding Seagate: Many (especially Dell, for instance) use whatever parts the can get that are the cheapest. Even the same model of laptop can have 3-4 different NICs, RAM, HDs.