I have two corporate XP machines, and between then I have to replace a drive every six months. My home XP and OS X drives last for years.
So I now have two completely unrelated corporate backup systems that run nightly.
I haven't seen anyone else comment on the lifespans of corporate hard drives, so I liked this post (emphasis mine)...
On the IT-ridden machines I regularly have to swab out twenty megabyte log files, logs from things that I didn’t even know were running on the machine, and when I find something like “ArScnr38″ running I have no idea if it’s spyware or something that an IT monkey stuck on my laptop to scan my Excel spreadsheets.
It’s hilarious when four different scanners are fighting for disk access. No wonder our drives are dying after like a year in service. I don’t work late, so I can only imagine what the buildings sound like at 3AM when Windows Update goes into its happy dance and reboots every single workstation.
“Shhhh… wait for it.”
“What, Dad? I’m sleepy.”
“Any second now…”
“Wow! Do the lights flicker like that in every time zone?”
“That was nothing. Wait until they all ask the DHCP servers for an address!”
...The IT philosophy of bloat appears to be: “Screw the user, we own the machines, and if they can’t get work done with them then they can’t do any damage. More scanners! And loggers! And Java-based enterprisey things with *****up XML configuration schemas! If there’s CPU or disk space left we’re not doing our jobs; we have to pay for that call center expansion somehow!”
That's what I see. Between my heavy duty database work, the antivirus scanner, the corporate HP monitoring systems, Windows Search indexing, and the two nightly backups the hard drivers are being worked to death.
I really need to switch to an in-office NAS with a hot-swappable RAID array -- so I can rotate out bad drives without the hassle of a restore.