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Old 06-26-05, 08:35 PM
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What are the better brands of hard drives?

Need to add a hard drive to my computer to be able to store most of the video I have. Im looking to get a 160-200 GB drive. What are the better brands of Seagate, Maxtor, and WD?
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For larger drives I'm more inclined to go with a company that offers 3+ years of warranty. Only Seagate and Hitachi do that now so I'm probably going to switch to either of those brands and away from WD for my next purchase.
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just going from my own experience (including the 5+ years I spent in user support)

Ive never had a problem with a maxtor drive
Ive never seen a WD drive that didnt die
and I dont have much experience with seagate drives, but if you get 3 years warranty.. i guess that helps (as long as you backup regularly)

oh.. and all fujitsu drives Ive seen so far, have been crap
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I've always been a fan of Seagate. Like X said, they have a long warranty (five years). The drives I've had have had no problems at all and are whisper quiet.
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Better as far as reliability, or performance?

Reliability is a mixed bag, because it seems everyone will have different experiences with different drives. I haven't had any drive die on me, but I did have friends who had IBM drives die. I've used quite a few... i currently have a Maxtor and a Western Digital in my computer right now, and my other computer has a Samsung. With so many deals on drives out there, I think any Maxtor, WD, or Seagate would be just fine.
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i never had a WD die on me. one's even been running nonstop for 4+ years. never had a problem with maxtor either.
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samsung gives you 5 yrs warranty ...
as for reliability, i'd say they're all the same pretty much.
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Not a fan of WD since I have too many died on me. This is also coming from 9+ years experience in the IT field. Maxtor have been pretty good to me.
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heh. never had a wd die on me. have lost 3 maxtors. 2 new ones and 1 that had just been rma'd. all replaced under warranty...and promptly put in systems that were sold or given to buddies because i usually replace them while they're being rma'd.

went with 2 sata hitachis this time in a mirror.
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This question is just like "What's the best brand of DVD recordable media?"

Here my $0.02, I usually use Seagate Barracuda drives. The retail ones offer a 5-year warranty (which I've never had to call them on yet) but they are also quiet. That is an important factor to me. Also regarding the Maxtor HDDs, they always seemed to put out more heat and if you have limited space and a couple disk drives, you might need to take that into consideration too.
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FWIW I've never had a WD drive die on me, and I've been using them since 1994.
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I have about a dozen WD drives running now and even more, counting backup drives. Almost all of them have the old 3-year warranties.

Of those drives I've had one 250GB go bad within a day which I didn't mind because I don't trust a drive for the first few days anyway. I just returned it and go a replacement that has been fine.

I recently had a 120GB drive go bad that had been in use for over 2 years. The first WD I've ever had die on me like that. It was backed up to another drive so I just swapped them and got the bad drive replaced through warranty. That's why I want over a 1 year warranty for any drives I'll buy in the future. (Unless they're dirt cheap and I get 2, one to use and one for backing it up.)

My recent experience with Maxtor is limited but I haven't had any problems with them either.
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Buy the cheapest drive you can find with the longest warranty.

These days that turns out to be Seagate (excluding crazy rebate deals).

I have had drives from every single maker fail on me. Really no more from one brand than another with ONE exception - Fujitsu - I avoid Fujitsu as much as possible. I think they lack quality control.

I don't care what drive you buy, you are ignorant if you don't back your important data up.


and this question is very different from quality of recordable DVD media.
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Originally Posted by 4KRG
Fujitsu - I avoid Fujitsu as much as possible. I think they lack quality control.


pieces of crap!

and the laptop ones are worse.. micron put these in their laptops.. we switched from dell to micron for a few months awhile back and bought about a hundred of them..
I would say that at least 60% of those drives failed completely within the first year.. it was just ridiculous.. by now, i dont think we have any microns that we havent had to replace the drive in..
of course, we switched back to dell
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i like the hitachi deskstars (formerly IBM). they have a three year warranty as well.
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just remember....there are only 2 kinds of hard drives.

failed and going to fail. to think anything other is foolish.
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Originally Posted by crankyman
just remember....there are only 2 kinds of hard drives.

failed and going to fail. to think anything other is foolish.
That can be said about virtually anything. The point becomes finding a hard drive that will last longer than one expects to own the computer it's in.
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I've had two Western Digitals die in the past year. One was less than a year old and the other was right at 3 years old. At least their replacement service is excellent.

I've had good luck with Seagates and Maxtors.
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The point becomes finding a hard drive that will last longer than one expects to own the computer it's in.
how are you going to do that?? thinking of your hdd as anything but a component that will eventually fail is going to cost you at some point.

i buy the least expensive that meet the specs that i want and back it up frequently.
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Had one problem with WD but i like WD a lot... Seagate is probably my fav since its so quiet but its expensive
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I was going to ask a similar question. But then I found this in a search and have basically come the the conclusion that Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, and Hitachi all make great drives. They all have their plusses and minuses. Asking which is the best will result in about 100 different answers, some say WD sucks, others say it's great. Some say Maxtor suck, others say it's great.

I finally settled on a Western Digital Caviar SE16 SATA drive after reading reviews and comparisons. I always end up replacing my harddrive every three years, whether it is working or not. So as long as it works for three years, I don't worry about the warrant. Heck, prices are so low nowadays for big harddrives, if it lasts me a year, I'll only use the warranty if they replace drive.
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FWIW I've never had a WD drive die on me, and I've been using them since 1994.
Same story except I began in 1995. I have had ZERO problems with WD. I can't say the same about Maxtor and IBM.

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