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    Default Who's good for hard drives nowadays?

    I never thought I'd say it, but I'm running out of space on my 750GB Caviar Black. I also have a WD3200AAKS that I'm not using right now, that is out of warranty, but still qualifies for a "discounted" (haven't cross-referenced prices vs the WD store rates, so not sure if it makes a difference yet) upgrade, so that's a potential option.

    Who's good for hard drives right now? My WD's have been good to me, and this Caviar Black is nicely fast. I like that it has a 5-year warranty, too, as I have had a bit of a history with hard drive failures.

    Working on a budget here, so that's something to consider, too. If nothing really springs out as a great deal right now, I'll probably just put the 320GB in, migrate some of my documents over to it, and resize all of my partitions to make things work as a temporary measure until something does come up.

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    Not Seagate. Bought a new 500GB 7200RPM for one of my computers and it was DOA. Returned it to Seagate and they replaced it with a reman. WHAT?!?! It was DOA!!!! No dice. Worked for almost a year and then died again. Just got another remanufactured 500GB last week.

    In another computer, my RAID array was made up of four Seagate 5400RPM 500GB's. Had problems from the start. Found out one of the drives was bad right from the get go. Just chucked it in the trash because I didn't want to deal with Seagate and now I have a three drive RAID array.

    At BFG, we used a lot of the WD's. They were always good. At home I have a 1TB Deskstar and that thing has never given me an issue in the 3 years its been in service.

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    I'm all about Western Digital these days.

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    Not Seagate.
    Certainly. Especially after seeing this:
    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...001a48090aRCRD

    And cutting on warranty period anyways.

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    I never had a Maxtor drive last more than a year, period. Actually, here's one of my "favorite" ones I had die on me:



    Take note of the burned chip, specifically the text on it...

    Since Seagate bought out Maxtor, nope, not for me.

    Any specific models of newer drives I should be looking for?

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    I must have been very fortunate to not have drives die on me...

    My first drive was a Maxtor 3.2 GB, lasted for years even with very few bad sectors and I think ended up as extra space on my sister's computer. Later i got a 80 GB drive, was fine until I accidentally dropped it on the floor when taking it out of a bag...

    I bought Seagate then... never had a problem with them... I even have one of those that have the bad firmware and I was supposed to upgrade the firmware on it but I never did.
    Lately I bought WD and so far everything looks good .. (knock on wood)

    This is what I have now:

    Disk Drive ST3640323AS (596 GB, IDE)
    Disk Drive WDC WD1002FAEX-00Y9A0 (931 GB, IDE)
    Disk Drive WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 (931 GB, IDE)
    Disk Drive WDC WD4000AAKS-00YGA0 (372 GB, IDE)

    I also had a SATA1 Seagate 250 GB that I also gave to my sister...

    I don't know... maybe it's because I'm buying all my drives locally from a store I know - they bring them once a week or every couple of weeks in boxes of 25-50 drives, in antistatic foil and further in that white shock resistant foam.

    The whole box is probably 40-60 Kg, heavy enough that it can't be thrown out of delivery vans on the sidewalk or from person to person in the warehouse/post office so carrying it from the store to my place at least I know it took less hits and shocks.

    What to buy... well I'd go on newegg.com and sort by number of ratings and reviews.. have a look at what people say (lots of them are dumb and their reviews are bogus) and I wouldn't buy the cheapest model.

    There are some new WD drives with 4K sector size, which is an improvement in terms of error correction which in turn would mean more reliable drives...

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    DeskStar FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
    DeskStar FTW!
    I've only had one Hitachi blow on me, a 160GB 7K160. I'd consider Hitachi again.

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    Samsung F3's are another popular choice. I don't know if the newer F4's have received the same kind of praise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafal_iB_PL View Post
    Certainly. Especially after seeing this:
    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...001a48090aRCRD

    And cutting on warranty period anyways.
    Thanks for the heads-up rafal, I'm glad I went with WD. Seagate was cheaper, but sometimes if you sift through hundreds of reviews you start to find a pattern. They didn't get good marks on long term reliability. I guess it's always a gamble, I'm sure every manufacturer has shipped dead units.
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