Hard drives are precision instruments and have been carefully designed to provide years of trouble free operation. There are some key factors that will stress a drive, and if not accounted for, these stresses will adversely affect the reliability and longevity of these amazing devices.
We have created a 35 slide presentation with significant detail and background for you on this subject which we encourage you to download: Hard Drive Stressor Presentation. In this presentation, our goal is to provide enough detail on each of the key hard drive stressors, so that you can design or modify your system to accomplish the best mix of reliability, performance and cost. By understanding what drives are sensitive to, you can better select the best drive for your system.
For each stressor, we will go into some significant detail and examine why it occurs, as well as to outline its effect on the hard drive. Once the stressor has been outlined, we will then discuss the state of the art for hard drives and what features have been incorporated to combat these particular stressors, paying specific attention to which drives are best suited to deal with each stressor.
Some of the stress mechanisms are universal, such as heat, while others are unique to, or more prevalent in, a specific industry. We encourage you to learn more about your system’s specific stresses in our YOUR SYSTEM section of our website.
Below are the 5 most common “hard drive stressors”: