How long should a computer hard drive last?

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asked Jul 9 in Hardware by AAO (230 points)
How long should a computer hard drive last?

How many years should I expect to get out of a computers hard drive before needing to replace the hard drive with a new one?

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answered Jul 10 by Niko (8,570 points)
The amount of time a hard drive will last will depend on the quality of the hard drive.

Some cheaper hard drives may last up to 5 years and others that are of better quality could last from 5 to 10 years or even longer.

I replace my hard drives every 5 years though just to be safe because they don't cost that much and it's cheaper than trying to recover important lost data from the hard drives.

You can wait longer than 5 years but If I were you I would replace the hard drive every 5 years especially if your computer is left on 24/7 and not shut down when you use it.

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