Who makes the best, most durable HDD?

September 29, 2010 at 07:11:57
Specs: Windows XP
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Used to think Seagate was decent, especially because of their past 5 year warranties on their drives. Now I see only some 3 year warranties on their drives. I know they acquired Maxtor a few years back, maybe that was a bad decision (Maxtor stuff was garbage IMHO)?

Lately, within the last 2-3 years, I have been noticing that new Seagate (Barracudas) HDDs haven't been as reliable as they have been in the past with several new drives failing or having bad sectors found on them within several months to a year after installation.

What HDDs do you like & why? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks,
PCG

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#1
September 29, 2010 at 07:21:00
I seem to have the best luck with Western Digital drives. I haven't used their green models.

As the areal density of the platters in hard drives has increased, the reliability has decreased.

I am not interested in drives larger than 1TB. That is putting too many eggs in one basket.

The largest capacity drive I am currently running is a WD 500GB internal


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#2
September 29, 2010 at 07:45:55
Samsung, Toshaiba, WD, Hitachi. Maxtor/Seagate seem more problematic

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#3
September 29, 2010 at 08:12:45
I have seven Seagate drives. Three in use and five sitting on the shelf doing nothing. The five sitting on the shellf have been gracefully retired still in perfect working order. They range in size from 1.2 Gbs tp 20 Gbs. Of the three in use they are two 80 Gbs and one 40 Gbs and none of them have given me a moments trouble.

The only hard disk I have that has given be trouble is a WD drive that was giving me SMART warning six months after I bought it. That is in a USB enclosure where it is used for temporaray storage so if it fails it wont matter.

Every computer I have built had Seagate drives in them and as far as I am aware, none of them have failed in service.

Stuart


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#4
September 29, 2010 at 08:33:46
The original maxtor 200GB that I divided in 4 partitions back in 2005 is still running 24/7. Health Status for all partitions read: Healthy.

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#5
September 29, 2010 at 10:10:29
thats a shocker glad i have a samsung

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#6
September 29, 2010 at 10:57:50
Not long ago I would've voted for Seagate, but recently one of their 500GB drives died on me. Didn't even show any warning signs--I just powered up the computer one day and the HDD wasn't recognized.

Western Digital FTW!!

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#7
September 29, 2010 at 11:21:00
The same thing happened to me last week. Switched on and nothing, However, knowing that hard dsiks hardly ever die without warning, especially in this day and age of SMART drives, I are started looking elsewhere for the problem. Just turned out that the cable had come lose. Reaseted the cable and everything has been fine since.

Stuart


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#8
September 29, 2010 at 11:29:12
Interesting info (dated a tad bit from 2007 though):

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~bianca/fast0...

http://static.googleusercontent.com...

http://www.grc.com/securitynow.htm#81

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#9
September 29, 2010 at 11:39:32
Unfortunately, mine was no cable problem. The drive's firmware just vanished. It's apparently a relatively common problem with Seagate 7200.11 drives using old firmware. My Seagate days are over.

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#10
September 29, 2010 at 12:49:11
Samsung SpinPoint F3 is the best going right now, followed closely by the WDC Caviar Black.

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#11
September 29, 2010 at 12:50:29
There is an industrial company that make the most rugged hard drives. I think they were all solid state before it was popular. Pretty sure they were bought up.

In any case if you purchase a military grade or other rough service type it would tend to be more reliable.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#12
September 29, 2010 at 12:51:20
Second best may be enterprise level drives. SCSI's use to be very sturdy. We have used them for decades.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#13
September 29, 2010 at 14:50:03
Here's another Seagate article RE: 7200.11 drives: http://www.obsessable.com/news/2009...

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#14
September 30, 2010 at 01:39:38
@jam yes ur right i have the same one

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