I agree that this is strange, but when I got in last night to see an email from one of my last Duplicati sites reporting a failing disk, that became one too many.
I am a very small support guy. Home and small business. We are talking between one and six machines in most cases on simple workgroup type networks. Nothing enterprise here.
I think I ran Duplicati on roughly eight different sites as a test. TOTALLY separate customers. Nothing in common with hardware. Everything from expensive Dells to old self build machines and cheapo PC World junk. Nothing in common apart from Microsoft OS. Some were Win7 but all upgraded to Win10 now.
On three of those sites I had Duplicati just self destruct after a Win10 auto-upgrade deleted the database. (funnily enough one of those were posh dells with SSDs). Once that happened I changed to alternate backup.
In another example site it was an engineering company. Roughly six PCs. Some new, some old. They all pointed their data onto a common PC in the office. Networked via SMB. The PC was a reconditioned one, but had a secondary hard disk installed around three years ago. That secondary hard disk was a decent Western Digital 2TB drive used for backup. That corrupted badly beyond repair. I have other drives from that same batch and same age without problems. This WD drive is one I had supplied and had known the history of.
Another example an accountant with two Dell Laptops. Backups pointing at a shared external hard drive. Laptop hard disk failed in a four or five year old machine.
Last night’s fail was at a Builder’s company. A cheapo build machine that I had not built. I’ve not seen the PC in six months, but Duplicati was on there backing up to OneDrive. Last night it spat out a massive Windows fault blaming a failing hard disk. I’ll get my hands on that PC tomorrow.
A few other others gone as well, but can’t remember details at time moment.
Ah - yeah - a home user with a eight year old PC backing up to external hard drive over USB2.0. That external drive died.
Oh, and the conservatory installation company with eight PCs. One was another refurbished machine, but again with a newer drive in it. Backups to OneDrive. That also failed. And now I think in more detail that was also running Duplicati until an upgrade deleted the database.
Generally I had backup scripts set to pick up Documents, Pictures, Desktop folders. I then dip into the %APPDATA% and grab mailstores (usually Outlook) and Browser settings (Firefox or Chrome). Avoiding TEMP files or Caches.
There is just too much of a bizarre coincidence going on for me. Other than these Duplicati examples, in the last two years I have had no other external hard drives die. NO other desktop drives die. And out of hundreds of computers I look after there have been maybe three other laptop hard disks go due to natural causes. The only desktop drives I have had fail have been in Duplicati PCs.
I have not had time to comb back through full stats for the year - but the common thread is standing out a little too much to be comfortable. The coincidence is getting a bit too freaky for me. Puzzling.