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Nathaniel CooperSep 30, 2019 9:34:39 PM1 min read

Don't Fill that Tank!

So I went diving this weekend and after I was done I took my tank in to get it filled and the shop wouldn't do it. I'm frustrated and annoyed by this, but come to find out my hydro was up.

So what's a hydro? There's two ways to test scuba tanks. One is a visual instruction which happens every year. It's no big deal you're quickly in and out. Every five years you have to have a hydro which is the proper way to test a tank to make sure it doesn't blow up on you 70 feet under water.

So although I was annoyed, its out of hydro and I had completely forgotten. This is why they have the rules right?

It's funny, this reminds me of hard drives because I've seen so many people over the years hit that four to five year mark and hard drives start failing. It's frustrating, but there's no laws that say 'hey after 5 years, no more data' that just doesn't exist, so we have to be aware of these things.

There's something about human nature that always makes us feel like those things we should check are more recent than they really are. I would have definitely told you I got my hydro 2-3 years ago. 

Check out this article from Backblaze, they've done a really good job over the years of keeping track of hard drive failure rates. So if your drives are hitting that 4 - 5 year mark, start making sure to take care of those and start swapping them out.


Nathaniel Cooper

As Chief Operating Officer of ProMAX Systems, Nathaniel Cooper, runs ProMAX Systems day to day operations. Cooper has been working with Storage, Backup and Media Management for video and creative professionals since 2001. Cooper has lead the design and deployment of some of the largest media systems in the world including a range of customers from NFL, MLB & NBA teams, US Military operations, and many of the worlds largest PR agencies and consumer brands. Cooper has spent the last 9 years as part of the ProMAX team and specializes in translating complex technical issues and options into easily understandable concepts.