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Old 11-09-2010, 05:02 AM
 
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I just read a disappointing review about a Seagate external HD which failed after just one month of use, and apparently others have had the same difficulty. So then, if Seagate isn't a necessarily reliable HD manufacturer lately, who is?
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:07 AM
 
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Well, Seagate certainly had a bad run recently and it cost their brand big. They also have been putting out some fairly low-tech drives recently (4-6 platter 2TB drives) while other brands have moved to 3 platters. This is a shame since they had good products in the past.

Anyways my choice is Samsung, followed by Western Digital. What will you be using the HD for? Will it be internal or external?
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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Western Digital - my current choice. Not a perfect track record by any means, but on the most part, their drives have been fine. I have noted that some of the one-star reliability aspects are from the customer's own misapplication, like using low-power green drives in RAID setups.

Samsung - they seem to know what they're doing these days, but I'm personally a bit hesitant, what with 2 of the 3 Samsung HD's having failed at the office. The laptop was a year old (replacement overnight by Dell), the desktop was 2-1/2 years (and not under warranty, since it was an OEM drive).

Fujitsu/Toshiba - not the best track record, but not the worst either. You're more apt to find these for laptops and portable drives instead of desktops.

Hitachi - drives are alright, but support isn't so stellar.

Seagate/Maxtor - more misses than hits recently. The .11 drives left a very sour taste for many people, and their LP (low power) lineup (which may be what's in that external drive) aren't all that good either.
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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NHDave nailed it in post #7 in this thread: OYI! my desktop!
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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I've been using Samsung for a few years now, because they are quiet, speedy and often cheaper than WD offerings for about the same performance.

I've never had a drive fail immediately after purchase. (Knocks on wood)...
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Old 11-09-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Every drive maker has people who swear by them and others who swear at them. Just buy whatever you want and backup, backup, backup.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:47 PM
 
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NHDave nailed it in post #7 in this thread: OYI! my desktop!
How do you remember a post that old?
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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Every drive maker has people who swear by them and others who swear at them. Just buy whatever you want and backup, backup, backup.
That pretty much sums it up, no matter what brand you buy, expect it to fail, if your prepared for that you'll be good.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:18 PM
 
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Well, Seagate certainly had a bad run recently and it cost their brand big. They also have been putting out some fairly low-tech drives recently (4-6 platter 2TB drives) while other brands have moved to 3 platters. This is a shame since they had good products in the past.

Anyways my choice is Samsung, followed by Western Digital. What will you be using the HD for? Will it be internal or external?
That's a shame -- I remember back when Seagate was one of the best, if not the very best in HD manufacturing. The external HD I'm seeking will be for backup and long term storage of video and such.
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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That's a shame -- I remember back when Seagate was one of the best, if not the very best in HD manufacturing. The external HD I'm seeking will be for backup and long term storage of video and such.
Just keep in mind that what ever is on it should be duplicated somewhere else, hard drives are not known for their reliability.
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