When Did Hard Drives Get Workload Rate Limits?

Chris Evans of Architecting IT comments:

A recent article on The Register reminded me that we’ve started to see hard drive vendors introducing warranty limits on their hard drives for the amount of data that can be written to them in any one year.  Solid state drives have always had this restriction, because we know that flash is damaged by being written to, but does the same now apply to HDDs?

As a starting point, I had a quick look at the HDDs from the usual suspects.

Nice article from Chris about the practical limits of rotational media. We may be seeing the beginning of the end.

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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