Average lifespan of LaCie d2 Quadra?
March 13, 2010 2:05 PM Subscribe
My internal hard drive died, and new purchases are out of the question for a while. Wondering about the drive lifespan of the LaCie d2 Quadra that is my bootable backup.
posted by WCityMike to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My Macintosh's internal hard drive (a Western Digital) finally gave up the ghost today after spitting out various I/O errors for a while. However, due to economic circumstances, I can spend no money on computer repair. (I don't believe I bought AppleCare when buying the machine in Feb. 2006, and in any case certainly didn't renew it.)
I have a backup hard drive with a bootable backup which I'm now working from -- a 500 GB LaCie d2 Quadra.
Unlike the Western Digital, this d2 Quadra drive does not appear to have any SMART status information accessible (and Disk Utility confirms this).
The drive was purchased in April 2008, and has up to this point has seen light use: weekly or biweekly use as a backup along with the occasional stint of movie-watching (which is not that disk-intensive).
Ideally, I'd like this drive to last around nine to 12 months of daily use, until such time as I can purchase a replacement system (which will most likely include an operating system shift for me, to Windows).
Is that a realistic expectation? Is there any resource I can go to which speaks to this drive's average lifespan?