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urgannagru

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hard drives
« on: July 26, 2010, 01:09:30 PM »

It's been a while, so I figured it might be time for another poll / rant on Hard Drive brands. My newer Seagates have all been dying on me lately within a year at best, so I'm curious what other people's favorites are these days.
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Re: hard drive brands
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2010, 01:24:16 PM »

Well, I haven't purchased a new HD in about a year, but I'm still choosing/using the Hitachi deskstar 7200 rpm drives.  They have a whole line of "star" series drives that are supposed to be optimized for specific applications, but I don't have any experience with them.  I have one deskstar that I've had for almost 8 years and never had a problem.  I bought a seagate laptop drive a while back for an external enclosure I had, and with one hard bump it was toast.  I'm sticking with the Hitachi drives.
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Re: hard drive brands
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2010, 02:56:01 PM »

Made me think of my rant almost 6 years ago to which you replied first.  

I just go with whatever is cheapest.  My failure rates are by PC:

  • Server - 0 out of 2 Samsung 160GBs; 0 out of 4 Maxtor 500GBs; 0 out of 4 Hitachi 1TBs
  • Gaming PC - 0 out of 1 Hitachi 500GB
  • HTPC1 - 0 out of 1 Western Digital 500GB
  • HTPC2 - 0 out of 1 Samsung 160GB
  • Laptop - 0 out of 1 Toshiba 60GB
  • Current Carputer - 0 out of 1 Seagate 160GB; 0 out of 1 OCZ 60GB SSD
  • Old Carputer - 0 out of 1 Seagate 120GB
  • External - 0 out of 1 Western Digital 320GB
  • Spare Drive - 0 out of 1 Maxtor 80GB

All older ones that I've had I just gave to other people, I've never had one die.  I have too many computers and hard drives.  
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Re: hard drive brands
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2010, 09:21:37 PM »

I'm running two Seagate drives in my main machine and another in my htpc. They are not new about 3yrs and have been fine, never hard any issues. Also have an 8 year old Western Digital 20GB which make a horrible clicking sound in an external enclosure and has been working all these years. Had a Hitachi drive once, very good drive.

On the other hand every Maxtor I have had has died miserably. I installed a new 80GB, loaded the OS and afterwards for cable management decided to switch it to a different bay. Upon restart to my surprise the drive was never detected by the board or any board/cable config I tried. Box to dead in 60mins. Haven't touched Maxtor since 2003
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Re: hard drive brands
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2010, 12:58:59 AM »

In recent months, all I have been running are Samsung F series. Very fast and reliable thus far.
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Re: hard drives
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2010, 12:29:41 PM »

I just realized there might be a better way to think about this question. What is the best way to increase HDD reliability?

How much would it help if I started going with SSDs? Am I better off spending the extra money to get server grade HDDs rather than consumer SSDs?
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Re: hard drives
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2010, 01:35:34 PM »

What is the target application?  The only thing I'd say is to reduce heat since I don't know exactly what you are doing.  Less heat = longer lifespan.
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Re: hard drives
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2010, 01:51:39 PM »

Target application is my general every day computer. Work, games, always on, always crunching away on something. The drives aren't warm to the touch, do I need to cool them further?

At any rate, I decided to go SSD for my OS disk, games, and apps. For everything else I will use a couple of old 500GB drives and mirror via a backup scheduler. I will miss RAID, but I will survive and it won't cost me much.
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Re: hard drives
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 11:07:26 AM »

I just wanted to say that I am loving my SSD so far. After researching, I bought a Mushkin 60GB Callisto Deluxe. It is undoubtedly faster. Here's hoping that its more reliable too.
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