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Old November 6, 2012, 06:35 PM
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If it's sitting unused it should be fine for I'd say 20 years, maybe more. We have a 4GB western digital drive from 1996 and it still works.. That's 16 years and it was used for about half of that. So an unused drive should last longer. Either way I wouldn't risk it with important data for that long.

I'd say the drive mechanically should last several decades if you don't use it, the question is if the data will be intact.

I'll check back in 30 years, keep us updated
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