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Which HDD maker is reliable

Discussion in 'Storage' started by suraswami, Jun 24, 2008.

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Which HDD Manufacturer should I go with?

  1. WD

    40 vote(s)
    61.5%
  2. Seagate

    34 vote(s)
    52.3%
  3. Samsung

    24 vote(s)
    36.9%
  4. Maxtor

    4 vote(s)
    6.2%
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  1. suraswami

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    I have a Samsung Spinpoint F1 500GB drive, according to HW Monitor it runs at around 20c in my system. My other drives are Maxtor and although they are older they are at 27c (80gb sataII) and 29c (200gb IDE). Pretty quiet too, and fast.
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    Western Digital and seagate imo....Seagate b4 WD though.
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    seagate an samsung
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    Samsung, Seagate, WD.
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    I am seeing lately lots of bad reviews on Seagates. WD get good reviews. Thats my concern.
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    i voted seagate, samsung and wd, ive had all of those over the past few years, and theve been great and i like all the drives they have out atm (seagate 7200.11, wd16 and samsung F1). i currently have a seagate think its the 7200.10 (st3320620as) love it, its quiet, reliable and fast enough

    wouldnt touch maxtor atm, dunno why, they seem cheap/loud to me
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    Western Digital for sure. Maxtor is good too, I got a 40 gig IDE over 10 years old that still works.

    - Christine
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    I have that same seagate drive and love it. HOWEVER, it can be a little noisy under HEAVY operation. But, %100 silent with rubber dampers on the screws. Plus 5 year warranty ;) cant shake a stick at that.
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    samsung all the way...i have about 8 500GB drives and they all work flawlessly and run cool. Had WD drives b4 and they were nowhere near as good in comparison.
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    depends on waht models...in my personal experiance though iv never had a seagate fail and i have had WD's fail most of my HDD's are WD except for my primary...i mean their are certain conditions you have to look at

    recording technology (some like to fail more than others)

    Usage (are these bad reveiws because people like to stream media play video games listen to music and do F@H at the same time off of one 259GB seagate?)

    Heat. (how ventelated is your case...if you have 1 HDD it will be handeling more than several would and hdd's do get hot let me tell you.)

    How high were their skill levels? Some could be lying most are take that to heart...the other day my WD gaming drive failed....or so i thought..turns out it just got WAY to hot so i turned on my AC and after the room cooled down i rebooted and it hasnt happened since. that was 3 weeks ago. The same has happened to my Seagate 40GB. some people arent this intelligent however...and automatically assume its dead.

    Handeling take into consideration handeling...given that HDD's are in a metal case and their isnt alot exposed they are the most battered peices of hardware in the computer industry their slapped opn chairs pulled with excessive force out of a bay placed in odd positions because of case size or heat issues.....which is ironic given their more than delicate nature.

    you need to keep these things at heart im not a fan boy i like WD and Seagate...but i trust seagate more with what i see....iv never had one fil ut iv had a WD fail..but that doesnt mean im a fanboi..in all fairness the WD that failed was used...my WD 250GB i bought off of newegg new and it is ~3-4years old with no probs...but from my experiance....seagates...their the same speed or a little faster their usually always $20 cheaper and sometimes have double the cache of the WD counter part.
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    I voted WD, but in all fairness I've had good drives from WD and Seagate, and I've also had bad drives from both companies.

    For me I picked WD only because I find them quieter than Seagates.
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    WD get's my vote

    i seem to have bad luck with seagate/maxtor :eek:
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    Keep it coming. More experiences will help.

    I am going to pick up 2 used Seagates which I believe is well maintained and pretty new. That is the dilemma I have. Ofcourse you need to take newegg/amazon reviews with a grain of salt, but at the same time can't ignore it totally.

    Don't know if its the perpendicular recording tech that is having issues.
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    Well, I own one of each (except maxtor) and they've all been reliable apart from my Seagate 320 which got killed by a bad PSU, but my refurbished one is still going strong.

    The only one I've heard bad reports about are Maxtor, but I would generally say the other 3 are well built and have good warranties (3-5 years).
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    I might do RAID5 for safe data. If I use 3 500G how much will be the effective space I get in total?
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    Seagate and WD have always served me well. I think I still have a working WD Caviar 30MB IDE drive dating back ~1990. It's louder than my 8800 GT (load)....sad part :(
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    Most of my HDDs are Maxtor, but I don't actually like them. They're noisier than the Samsungs I have, they get really hot, the Samsungs are barely warm, and they don't perform as well.

    They ARE reliable though, I just prefer Samsung :)
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    Hey I see you are running NASLite on your server. What is that? How does it work?
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    I recommend scrapping all Maxtor comments, they haven't existed for like 1.5 years.
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    agreed.. maxtor and hitachi are okay but definently pick those three.
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    gotta put my vote on samsung, seagate and WD in that order.

    samsung=good solid HDD never had an issue with them ~34C
    seagate=little noisier but not even as loud a my fans ~40C
    WD=runs hot as hell 70C+ before i put a fan on it thats just BS IMO
    Maxtor=had 2 of 2 fail on me so far so they can just kiss my ass oh and it was loud and hot aswell
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    I preffer Seagate!
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    I've run all of your choices with minimal problems with any. Guess I'm lucky.

    *HDD Explodes*
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    I like my WD also i have used many Seagate and i know alot of people that will only get Seagate. I have heard great things about Samsung and i have a family member that used a Samsung for about 5 years and he is still using it as a USB drive now that he got his new computer.
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