question on selecting hard drive

August 17, 2012 at 22:24:55
Specs: Ubuntu 11.04, AMD Phenom II 4X
Hi all,

I'm prepared to buy a 2T HD for home use. I have been running WD Caviar Black series for sometimes, having full confidence on its performance and quality. However on searching I found Seagate ST2000VX000 2TB Barracuda offering much better price, very interesting.

Seagate ST2000VX000 2TB Barracuda SV35.5 SATA3 6Gb/s /64MB HDD (7x24 Digital Video) HK$ 968


WD Caviar Black 2002FAEX 2TB SATA3/64MB HDD HK$ 1380

WD Black
SATA Hard Drives
Maximum performance for power computing

Could you please shed me some light on selecting them? Is the quality of "Seagate ST2000VX000 2TB Barracuda" reliable? What about its performance vs WD Caviar Black 2002FAEX 2TB?



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August 18, 2012 at 06:31:13
According to the following, all HDDs are screened for quality before being "branded". Higher quality drives are branded as AV or ES, lower quality are branded as Desktop. Otherwise, the difference is in the firmware. The AV HDD is optimized for a very specific purpose & it's firmware is very different than desktop firmware.

AV HDDs should not be used as a desktop HDD. See response # 4:

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August 18, 2012 at 06:37:03
It's worth remembering that Seagate took over the Maxtor brand some years ago, a brand which was considered "bargain basement" and had a poor reputation for reliability. In my opinion, that reputation now applies to Seagate branded drives too, and I can attest to that. I've had three Seagate drives fail on me, all in less than six months.

I replaced them with WD drives, all of which are still working reliably after 12 months.
Needless to say, I never by Seagate stuff now, no matter how low the price. They are generally cheaper than WD for a good reason -- lower quality.

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August 18, 2012 at 07:37:31
Thanks for your advice. I'll stop considering "Seagate ST2000VX000 2TB Barracuda SV35.5"

I used Seagate before -> then Maxtor -> and now WD Caviar Black (only this series). Only Seagate HD needed replacement once. To my understanding Seagate Barracuda series are better in quality than other Seagate series. Seagate Barracuda is about 30% cheaper in price than WD Caviar Black. This is very attractive price.

How about Hitachi Deskstar HDS723020BLA642 2TB SATA3 6Gb/s /64MB HDD ?
-> Detail

Its price is even lower than "Seagate ST2000VX000 2TB Barracuda SV35.5"


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August 18, 2012 at 11:44:13
WDC bought out Hitachi several months ago.

The black edition is WDC's high performance desktop HDD, blue edition is the standard HDD, & green is the energy efficient/eco friendly line which is better used for storage than running an OS. And they just recently added the red line of drives for NAS:

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August 18, 2012 at 14:15:29
When you click on your link you are taken to the product sheet. Click on the yellow ovals at the top left. Those are reviews. That model drive appears to have many failures.

If you are in India or anywhere outside the US or Canada you can't buy from neewegg anyway.

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August 18, 2012 at 16:50:11
You are obviously not from the US or Canada. WD 2TB Black is $179.99 NewEgg

I definitely would go with the WD Black for performance and most importantly. reliability. I have had a Maxtor (before Seagate Purchased them) for 10 years and another almost as long without any problems and many WD drives, mostly the Black series over the last 6 years or so and never any problems. I have had hard drives that were shipped with desktops and laptops since 1995 that had failures (4 to date) and all of them were Seagate. I will never knowingly purchase a Seagate drive. All of the machines I have built in the last 5 years have WD drives in them.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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August 19, 2012 at 00:00:43
I'm in Hong Kong

Price here:
WD Caviar Black 2002FAEX 2TB SATA3/64MB HDD HK$ 1380 (USD 176.9)

Hitachi Deskstar HDS723020BLA642 2TB SATA3 6Gb/s /64MB HDD HK$ 875 (USD 112.18)

Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB Barracuda SATA3 6Gb/s /64MB HDD HK$ 768 (USD 98.46)

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