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I just bought a used hard drive from a University Surplus Store. Decided to run DiskSmartView to make sure it wasn't ready to fail. 40,000 power-on-hours
I don't know if I feel like trusting my data to something that used. I really dont know if thats unreasonably old, but when i compare it to the POH reading i get when testing my other hdds its more than 3x older (my others have 2110 hours, 6150 hours, etc.. It's a Western Digital, so that gives me a little bit of hope(WDC WD4000KD-00NAB0). I could sure use someone else's opinion here.
Thanks, DAVE

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That's 4.5 years of continuous "up" time -- not a whole lot for a disk drive. –  Daniel R Hicks Dec 15 '12 at 2:16
    
Seems like a long time..I guess my question is, "how long should I expect it to last, if it's already 4.5 yrs old? –  David Lindsay Dec 15 '12 at 2:27
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Per Google's study, hard drives either died very early or else lasted for quite awhile. Dependent on the manufacturing date ?2005?, I'd suspect that the drive came out of a server or something so the drive may have lived constantly in a power-on condition. The flip side is that it was possibly in a temperature and power conditioned environment. Then again it may have been in a bit torrent server in someone's broom closet cooking away. Make your decision also dependent on other parameters - things like temperature and redirected blocks.

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I think so. Youre dead on w/ the 2005. Temp is cool. There's an un-named column[132] with a raw value of 2,199,040,033,659. Zero reallocated sectors though... –  David Lindsay Dec 15 '12 at 2:56
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