Over the 5 years I've had this computer, I have had 4 different HDDs and one SSD. The SSD has never failed, and has always been purely for OS. Originally I had a 1 TB Seagate barracuda, it lasted for a year and a half, then failed. The refurbished one they sent lasted 6 months, then failed. After 6 months of the second refurbished HDD I purchased another more recent version of a 1 TB Seagate barracuda and set them up in RAID 1 to try and protect my data because I was tired of all the failures. 3/4 year into the RAID 1 setup, the second refurbished drive went out, and somehow took out a chunk of data with it despite being in RAID 1. I attributed the loss to non identical hard drives, and moved on. I did not purchase another barracuda to rebuild the RAID 1 array, so for the last 3/4 year I've been using just the newer barracuda expecting it to last.
(Timeline included in case this is hard to follow)
Today I was let down again. My computer froze and on reboot, my intel rapid store told me that there was hard drive failure. The odd part is that I can hear the drive start just as it normally does, and hear it run fine. No odd clicking, or data loss immediately prior to the crash and failure.
It is really upsetting to lose data so often, I'm not sure about anyone else, but I tend to store plenty of small things that are meaningful, as well as tons of video games and media. I have two questions, one, is there anything on my end that could be causing such frequent failure? And two, should I give up on this drive now and start over, or is there hope that its not actually a complete failure? because of the lack of warning and familiar HDD sounds.