What HD brands are good?

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#1

Besides western digital? I can’t find a WD that fit’s my preferences, so i’m looking elsewhere. But having had great luck with WD for years and seeing many say they are about as reliable as it gets, i want to be sure i buy something as reliable. What brands are, if any? (no maxtor please)


#2

I like seagate personally. Good warranty and good performance.


#3

i’ve a maxtor & a samsung, not had any problems with any, touch wood…


#4

Never had a problem with my Seagates and Maxtors…:slight_smile:

Seagate, in my own experience ;), are very reliable. Good warranty as well, as mentioned.


#5

Maxtor hasn’t let me down yet and I own 4 of them.


#6

I’ve had a few seagates dying here and there, sadly :frowning:
As Arachne said before, they have a good 5 years warranty. I still wonder why they registered themselves on the Cayman Islands though… taxes?


#7

WD, Seagate/Maxtor, Hitachi, Samsung, etc. all probably have relatively the same failure rates…but they do differ in noise and speed.

i highly suggest reading www.storagereview.com (see the reliability database specifically) to learn more about HDDs.


#8

Well now Seagate and Maxtor are the same. Maxtor has acquired Seagate :slight_smile:


#9

other way around - Seagate acquired Maxtor.


#10

Yep.:slight_smile:


#11

[embarassed] :slight_smile: I of all people should have known better :smiley:

That’s what I meant :slight_smile:

BTW, the 3 year waranty concerns only the RETAIL boxed version and not the OEM drives (those come in an antistatic bag) and have 1 year. :slight_smile:


#12

Yeah, I found that out after the fact not so long ago. Didn’t put me off, I went out and bought a retail package a little while later.

Been running sweet as a nut for the last 5 months :slight_smile:


#13

lol - hmm what kind of nuts are you eating there ? :slight_smile:

5 months is not enough to judge a good HDD - Wait over 9 months and then we’ll talk :smiley:

I have a dozen maxtors here and 6 on both PCs and all are running 24/7, not a problem so far.

Maxtor did have its share of problems a while back with defective drives circulating. I often buy and test hardware and I notice that things now are not as well built as they used to be… Not only flimsier but cheaper electronic components.


#14

Samsung have a “quiet mode”, which I like (Seagate as well, if I remember correctly, but still not as quiet as Samsung).


#15

Hehe, I know 5 months isn’t long - but the last one started to go South a lot sooner than that! Mine runs as long as I’m awake, so it gets a lot of uptime, too :slight_smile:

However, I do have a 6 year old Maxtor, and another 5 year old Seagate here - both are also absolutely fine. :wink:


#16

warranty on all seagates is 5 yrs - retail and OEM - at least here in the US. only 1 yr however on retail externals.


#17

DOH, lol, nevermind.


#18

Don’t go the OEM path!!!
OEM is not for the public, so the warranty is like nada, nothing, nix.

Extra care also for refurbished drives…


#19

This has always cracked me up. I’ve heard stories about these, but I’ve never actually seen one. Do these really exist in your market?

How exactly do you refurbish a HDD?


#20

I cancelled the order. The drive was Retail wasnt it anyway as it came in a boc with a hitatchi cd etc?? In any case I realised that Ive already got a good enough external lacie D2 160gb, and if I want to back anything up I can always use a dvd or my dvd ram discs. eesh sometimes i just get that coal in my pocket, thank goodness for quick cancelations for orders.

And yes buga they do exist, try looking at ebuyer.com.