Nils Kassube kassube at
Wed May 13 05:02:04 UTC 2009

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Nils Kassube wrote:
> > You never know before if it will fail. Some disks show errors
> > before failure but it isn't necessarily so. Therefore it is always
> > good to have backups.
> >
> >> How much of a concern should that be?  In 20+ years, I have
> >> never had one break.  I have always just replaced them with bigger
> >> drives.
> >
> > Same here, more or less. In ~20 years I had just one disk with
> > problems. It was from a known to be bad series of Fujitsu disks.
> I'd guess you either keep machines for a shorter time than I do, or
> neither of you use laptops (or at least don't travel with them daily,
> often on a motorcycle).  

You guessed right, I wrote about my desktop disks. My only laptop disk 
is about 2.5 years old now and still alive but I don't travel a lot with 


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