This AI will tell you when your hard drive is going to crash

Everyone’s nightmare is having their hard drive crash without warning. Losing movies, photos, college jobs, and thousands of memes with a lot of sentimental value. Fortunately, this problem can have its days.

How many times have we turned on the computer and suddenly the screen went black asking us to insert a storage drive. This, for many, was the great nightmare of our teenage years.

Fortunately, SSDs arrived almost ten years ago and the vast majority of typical hard drive failures and failures are now dead. That’s not to say that SSDs don’t break, but it is true that they have a significantly lower percentage of failures.

But we still use the hard drive a lot, and not just as users, but millions of servers continue to take advantage of hard drives rather than solid state drives. That is, huge amounts of storage for a very affordable price.

And since for these customers the reliability of their hard drives can mean winning or losing millions of dollars, the companies QNAP and ULINK have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence that can predict when a hard drive is about to fail.

According to QNAP, companies have AI trained with historical usage data from millions of units so that you can learn models that predict storage drive failure.

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Once the software is installed on the NAS, 14 days of disk usage monitoring needed before AI can draw any conclusions on their health.

Of the, will continue to monitor disks and compare them to its own database millions of disk behaviors to send you suggestions for its current state and future actions you can take.

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Like any neural network, should also get smarter over time, as more hard drives are connected, analyzed and monitored.

Nowadays, the software only works with SATA drives including SSD and HDD, because SAS and NVME disks are not supported. Or at least for the time being.

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