I've got an old 1TB Seagate external drive I've been using to backup a laptop for years. The disk started making a periodic noise this morning approx. every second. It's softer than I'd describe as a clicking or chirping; a sort of jitter noise.
Anyways, I know this signals the beginning of the end, so I've already started shopping for a replacement. But my question is this: what's the effect of overall drive age on disk failures for an HDD?
I probably purchased the drive over 6 years ago. However with a use case involving only brief powered-on intervals for periodic backups, SMART is reporting only 1 month 22 days of powered on time over the years. The number I always see referenced for average drive life is powered on time of 5 years per drive. Does it sound more likely that this particular drive is unlucky, or can years sitting powered off on a shelf take its cumulative toll?