WD Caviar Blue vs Barracuda 7200.12

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September 2, 2011 at 06:35:06
Specs: Windows 7, 3.42 GHz / 4096 MB

I am looking for a new storage drive.. i found these two:

Western Digital Caviar Blue "WD5000AAKX"
- 500 GB
- 8.9 / 16MB / 7200
- Serial ATA/600

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 "ST3500413AS"
- 500 GB
- 8.5 / 16MB / 7200
- Serial ATA/600

..So which one to get? i've mostly had WD's in the past with very little issues, but i am curious about your opinions about the difference in performance/reliability between these drives...
Both are about 35 euros...


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September 2, 2011 at 06:38:24
I have always gone for western digital and seagate (Maxtor).

However if i had to choose between them i would probably go for WD, in my opinion they are much more reliable.

They are both almost identical and at the same price, you can never go wrong with a WD drive.

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September 2, 2011 at 06:43:41
Current seagate hard drives are not doing well.

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September 2, 2011 at 09:51:34


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September 2, 2011 at 20:15:07
Maxtor BEFORE Seagate purchased them were good. WD drives are good and reliable. Seagate drives have always had more failures from my experiences.
I have old Maxtor drives that are still perfect, one still going in 10 years of service.
I have never had a Western Digital drive fail on me ever and have used them exclusively for the last few years.
I have had 3 Seagate drives fail, the first one on my original Gateway Windows 95 machine after a few months. and others years later.

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September 3, 2011 at 13:41:59
The variety of anecdotal experiences with technology is interesting. Someone's good or reliable technology is another person's bad or unreliable technology.

For me, I've always like Seagate drives and their 5 yr warranties on some of their products; and in my experiences Maxtor and WD drives have been unfavorable. But I've seen lots of different drives fail - WD, Maxtor, Hitachi, IBM, Seagate, Quantum, Toshiba, Conner etc.

As far as WD vs. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, not sure, I think I'd go with Seagate; HOWEVER, they did have issues with their 7200.11 drives:

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