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    Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    I've just had two 250Gb Western Digital hard drives fail on me in the space of around 2 months . Both were bought new in August 2005. I've decided to replace them with new Seagate ones.
    What does everyone else use and recommend?

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Seagate if only for the standard five year warranty.

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    I recommend Seagate - I have about 7 or 8 at home, and we use many more here at the school - only ever had one fail (file server at home, it got too hot ops. We experience more failures with Fijitsu, Maxtors and WDs.

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Must admit after we'd bought the WDs, I did hear that they had a bad reputation for failing!

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    I'm sitting here being driven up the wall by bleeping from a server.
    Looks like a drive has failed.
    It's a Seagate!!

    God bless RAID. At least the system will continue seamlessly till I get a replacement!

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Always liked the Hitachi Deathstars, probably seen more WD or Maxtors fail than Seagate or Hitachi- Just a feeling, don't have real figures to back it up.

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    My Maxtor DiamondMax drive at home has been happily running for years.

    Chris

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    I guess, as with most things it's luck!
    Seems like the Seagate option is the best one though.

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Just saw this on a website:

    "WD produces the world’s most reliable SATA drives. "

    Made me chuckle.

    Chris

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisC
    Just saw this on a website:

    "WD produces the world’s most reliable SATA drives. "

    Made me chuckle.

    Chris
    Yeah, esp as mine are SATA drives! 100% failure rate here!

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveT
    I'm sitting here being driven up the wall by bleeping from a server.
    Looks like a drive has failed.
    It's a Seagate!!

    God bless RAID. At least the system will continue seamlessly till I get a replacement!
    I had a Seagate SCSi drive die last week. To be fair it had run 24/7 for 4 years. RAID 5 to the rescue. A new drive arived and the RAID rebuilt itself. The replacement was a Hitachi BTW!

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    As a system builder with a lot of experience, we tend to stick with Seagate hard drives as over the years, these have proved to be the most reliable drives. If a customer prefers a different manufacturer then we will of course build the PCs with the drive of their choice but we have definitely found Seagate to be the best.

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    I find everyone has a different favourite. there arent many different drive makers about these days, and a warranty is virtually worthless as it won't cover data.

    WD RE series is standard in our office, and they hold up OK, noty had a failure YET. Our new appliance will come with a hitachi drive. Just remember to check what the drive is rated for, in terms of hours/month. Some are not supposed to be server grade.

    Oddly enough, only drives I ever had serious crap from were seacrates - but that was in about 19canteen with some IDE garbage of about 600 megs

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Didn't Seagate just take over WD?

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    Re: Best Hard Drive Manufacturer

    Didn't Seagate just take over WD?
    Nope Maxtor!

    And all the Maxtor drives are now from the seagate factories and are seagate models.

    Only difference will be the name on the drive and the warranty, 3 years for maxtor brand with the 5 year seagate brand commanding a couple of quid premium. I guess the good news is you now get a maxtor price point with seagate build quality

    Although with hard drive brands it does very much come down to personal preference and hourses for courses



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