Computer geeks, which brand of hard drive do you prefer?

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  1. Sixshot

    Sixshot Jeff Goldbluman Group

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    I have supported Western Digital hard drives for a long time. But after my 4th Western Digital HD failed within 2 years of its purchase date, I have decided to go Seagate. Seagate has a 5 year warranty on their drives, whereas WD only has 1 year on their OEM drives, and 3 years on their retail kits. I just got a new OEM Seagate 400 GB 7200.10 SATA2 drive. It seems to be working well so far.

    It sucks, I shouldn't have to replace my HD every year. We'll see if the switch to Seagate improves this. I need to get a nice external HD for backup, but whose to say that that won't fail sometime in the future?
     
  2. Jux

    Jux Please, call me Steve. Veteran

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    I prefer one that's large enough for all of my porn, music, and raw video for my music vids.


    Currently, I have a Western Digital and a Maxtor in my system. Both are going on a few years old, and neither have ever given me any issues. The WD was the default drive, bumped down to a slave drive once I put in the Maxtor.
     
  3. Greyryder

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    I like Western Digital and Seagate. The only WD drive I've had die an untimely death is one that I accidently shorted the pins on the back, while it was powered.

    I think the key to long lasting WD drives is good air flow around them. I've heard they run hotter than most brands.
     
  4. rattrap007

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    I got five external WD drives. No problems here..
     
  5. Sarrow

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    These days, I prefer the samsung spinpoint series or seagate drives. I used to build exclusively with maxtors until I saw 2 60GB drives die in a year.

    My main system boots off of a 40GB WD raptor, but it is noisy and too small for storage. I have an additional 250GB samsung spinpoint drive for storage, and when I build systems to sell, I only build with samsung SATA drives. I haven't seen one fail yet.

    Seagate are ok and their 5 year warranty is nice, but after experiencing some strange noises out of a brand new 200-250GB drive, I swapped it for a samsung.

    Like everything else in electronics though, there's no such thing as "brand loyalty"........you need to do some research of who *currently* makes the most reliable drives and not blindly follow any particular brand because they've been fine in the past (I learned my lesson with maxtor that way).

    EDIT: as far as backing up data...the only true way to ensure that you won't lose your stuff is to backup regularly and use different types of media (dvds, external HD, etc). I'd never trust a single external drive for backing up anything important.
     
  6. Lance Halberd

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    I've got a fairly new 320GB SATA from Seagate and two much older PATA's from Maxtor, 20GB and 80GB respectively, and I haven't had any problems with the two Maxtors in the last 6 years.
     
  7. drippy

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    Western Digital all the way.
     
  8. MegaPrime33

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    WD, seagate, and maxtor have been my favs of late. Either one of those will work great for whatever you're trying to do.
     
  9. IACON

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    My favorites:

    Externals:
    Either WD my-book drives or Maxtor's externals.

    Internals:
    WD only.

    I got 3 externals. 2 Maxtor (160GB & 500GB) and 1 500GB WD mybook.
    Also my computer has 2 WD 160GB inside.
     
  10. DevilzFan

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    I avoid WD like the plague. I've had 5, all 5 have failed on me. I've had 8 Maxtor's, and some no-names, and none of those have ever hit the crapper. I'll never buy a WD again.
     
  11. Draven

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    Same here; I've had no end of WD drives die on me, and never had a single Seagate die. I'm currently running 4 SATA Seagate Barracudas, and they're wonderful.
     
  12. Sixshot

    Sixshot Jeff Goldbluman Group

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    It was just so annoying, I had my WD sata 250 start to sound loud and lag a shit load, so I backed up my stuff on an older WD IDE drive. I get my new Seagate, and halfway through transfering my files the old WD backup drive fails. Fucking mid transfer. WTF?

    So far the Seagate seems to be performing nicely.
     

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