what is your favorite hard drive brand and why. lets start a war

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  1. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i like seagates because of the 5 yr warranty. i do not necassarly believe that a seagate drive is going to have a smaller failure rate than another brand though. i have had seagates fail on me. some take 7+ yrs, some take a few months. i don't like how the 7200.8/9 series are so loud, all of the ones i've gotten over the past couple of years, pata and sata are crunchy loud.

    hitachi seems to have the quietest drive nearly silent, in my opinion. it also has the acoustic management application that lets you turn down the noise. fujitsu are pretty quite also
    western digitals and maxtors seem to run fairly cool. nikimis and seagates run pretty hot

    i've had maxtors, western digitals, nikimis, and hitachi drives all fail on me, all at around the same rate. no particular brand sticks out as a dud

    people seem to bash maxtor/western digital because they had one bad experience with them or a friend did etc. so, let the discussion begin
     
  2. Cock Diesel

    Cock Diesel New Member

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    I usually go with Seagate for HDs. Seems like the one brand that pops up in my mind when I go HD shopping. For laptops, I stick to Hitachi. They seem to hold up well in use and are fairly quiet.
     
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    seagate 15K 300gb are pretty reliable their new SAS 142/300gb drives alot less power and even faster (and compact and less power)
     
  4. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    I love Seagate. I have had 2 WD drives fail on me so far. Seagate has never failed on me. But then again I have a Maxtor that has been in my system for 4 years with no problems. :dunno:
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    I have had all drives fail -- but seagate fails less than others.
     
  6. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    qft. I have, in the last few years, lost 2 maxtors, 3 western digitals, and rec'd a bad seagate. Any massed produced item has a chance of failure, but my recent experience says Seagate has less failure than others. IMO, YMMV, STFU.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I have a 500gb Seagate that runs both cool and quiet.

    That Seagate and a 73gb 10k scsi Fujitsu drive run about 10 degrees cooler
    than my Raptors do.

    And Seagate is the best imo.
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I like Seagate and Fujitsu. I've never had either brand die on me for reasons I didn't know about and wouldn't have expected to result in failure. I've seen WD and Maxtor drives die with no warning or reason, though WD has the only 10krpm SATA drive on the market, so I have three of them anyway.
     
  9. Peyomp

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    Panasonic ftw.
     
  10. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I haven't had any problems with my Seagates. Would buy again.
     
  11. Peyomp

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    Yamaha hard drives have the lowest failure rate. Seagate is shit in comparison.
     
  12. jdog12

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    I have had 2 Seagate drives go out on me in the last 6 months. One was like 10~months old.. the other like 1year6month~.. 160 and 320 gig drives.

    I got a westerndigital 8 gig drive running from like 1999 i think. My old neighbor swore by Westerndigital. old retired man with money and always had to have the latest and greatest of everything when it came to computers, he went through a lot of hard drives.
     
  13. Peyomp

    Peyomp New Member

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    Isuzu hard drives. Accept no substitute.
     
  14. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Pffft. I run a massive setup of 6gb thumb drives in a raid 84 array.

    Isuzu? :yawn:
     
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    For your sake I hope your user name isn't in reference to a particular HBA manufacturer :mamoru:
     
  16. Peyomp

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    Obviously you know nothing and are a junior sysadmin asshat. The more efficient setup would have been 8gb thumb drives in raid 64. FOOL! Isuzu makes this exact setup for the new trooper.
     
  17. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Hey man, screw all that pre-config stuff. I'm not at one with the universe
    unless I'm hacking the Gibson, dude.
     
  18. urbanlegend

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    I've run Fujistsu, Hitachi, Seagate, Maxtor, and WD HDD's for the past 9 or more years. I've had some die, some get noisy, but for the most part, the Fujitsu and Seagate HDD's have lasted the longest for me with no problems.

    Recently, I've been using Maxtor and WD's.

    All-in-all, if I had a choice, I'd probably spend the extra bit of money on a Seagate, but recently, because I've had the use for multiple drives and different system builds, I've relied on Maxtor. I think Maxtor is pretty damn loud and I should have went with WD. WD is fairly solid and a lot quieter IMHO. I don't really see many Fujitsu's on the stand, so I guess what I am trying to say is I'd buy the following in this particular order:

    1. Seagate
    2. WD
    3. Maxtor
    4. Fujistsu (only because I rarely see them in PC shops, not because they suck :dunno:)
     
  19. urbanlegend

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    :rofl:
     
  20. crontab

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    the most reliable drives i've witnessed were the ones made in japan. can't find these anymore.
     
  21. urbanlegend

    urbanlegend One Love

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    My Fujistsu seriously lasted 6-7 years... and is still kicking...
     
  22. urbanlegend

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    But in an older rig. :o
     
  23. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Yeah, Fujitsu and Hitachi are hard to find in stores; most stock I've seen has been Seagate, Maxtor, and Western Digital. Newegg doesn't discriminate, though.

    Also, for what it's worth, Hitachi bought IBM's DeskStar and TravelStar brands a few years ago.
     
  24. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    didn't seagate buy out maxtor last year?

    also, it seems pretty rare to buy a drive with a warranty that is less than 3 years now. i'm pretty sure maxtors and western digitals are 3 years
    i think hitachi is still at 2 years haven't checked up on this stuff in a while, haven't had the buy a hard drive in a while
     
  25. Peyomp

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    I think Sun uses Fujitsu SATAs.
     

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