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Old June 16, 2012, 07:29 PM
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I've pretty lost faith in Seagate at this point. After the 7200.11 problems and now a firmware issue with some of their drives (in Dells and possibly elsewhere) I won't touch them in my own system.
18 out of my 24 drives were Seagate. Never had a single problem in the 2-3 years I had them. 6 of which were 7200.11s.
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Old June 16, 2012, 07:33 PM
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If the drive is just used for storage then I'd buy whatever is the cheapest. All manufacturers have failures.
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I had 3 Seagate 7200.11's in RAID0 and they performed flawlessly. They're still going strong in 2 different rigs now.

I'm running a pair of WD's now and they work great as well. Just go with whatever fits your budget/performance needs.
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Old June 18, 2012, 05:11 AM
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I've pretty lost faith in Seagate at this point. After the 7200.11 problems and now a firmware issue with some of their drives (in Dells and possibly elsewhere) I won't touch them in my own system.
Yeah, me too unfortunately. Seagate was hands down THE best drive prior to that fiasco. Most of their drives came with a standard 5 year warranty, for a good reason... they held up forever.
But now, I don't know if i'd trust one. And like howpet mentioned above, WD's customer service is still pretty decent, and i'm afraid that the costs of failed firmware effected the way Seagate handled the customers.

Now i'm going to throw a story in here that some of you may not have ran across.
Hitachi.
Why? One of the, if not THE biggest drive recovery companies in Europe, did a spreadsheet a couple of years ago and it showed that Hitachi trounced the other drive makers when it came to failure rates. Theirs failed a lot less often than Seagates or Western Digital did.

Now of course that could change quickly since Western Digital just bought them out.
But if I was buying a big drive today, I'd go with the Hitachi, no question.
FWIW, i've got a 2tb Hitachi on this build for backup, and so far it's been perfect. Very fast backups to it from my ssd os drive.
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Old June 18, 2012, 06:41 PM
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Yeah, me too unfortunately. Seagate was hands down THE best drive prior to that fiasco. Most of their drives came with a standard 5 year warranty, for a good reason... they held up forever.
But now, I don't know if i'd trust one. And like howpet mentioned above, WD's customer service is still pretty decent, and i'm afraid that the costs of failed firmware effected the way Seagate handled the customers.

Now i'm going to throw a story in here that some of you may not have ran across.
Hitachi.
Why? One of the, if not THE biggest drive recovery companies in Europe, did a spreadsheet a couple of years ago and it showed that Hitachi trounced the other drive makers when it came to failure rates. Theirs failed a lot less often than Seagates or Western Digital did.

Now of course that could change quickly since Western Digital just bought them out.
But if I was buying a big drive today, I'd go with the Hitachi, no question.
FWIW, i've got a 2tb Hitachi on this build for backup, and so far it's been perfect. Very fast backups to it from my ssd os drive.
Last I heard The EU and other governments were not letting WD to buy Hitachi as a whole... I believe Toshiba got Hitachi's 3.5" drives. WD only got 2.5" and SSD.
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Old June 18, 2012, 06:47 PM
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No love for the Sammies? I replaced all my Seagates for them in my Raid 6 setup (7+1), never looked back ever since.
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Old June 18, 2012, 08:45 PM
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I personally just never had a large enough sample to like them or not like them. Funny enough saying that I went with Hitachi's after hearing good things about them recently but a few years ago when IBM was using them they were dropping like flies.
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Old June 19, 2012, 11:01 AM
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Last I heard The EU and other governments were not letting WD to buy Hitachi as a whole... I believe Toshiba got Hitachi's 3.5" drives. WD only got 2.5" and SSD.
oh geez, I hadn't caught that yet. that's better news than not, but I would have liked Hitachi to just remain whole.
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Old June 19, 2012, 11:04 AM
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No love for the Sammies? I replaced all my Seagates for them in my Raid 6 setup (7+1), never looked back ever since.
My other backup drive on this build is a Spinpoint.
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Old June 20, 2012, 08:39 PM
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No love for the Sammies? I replaced all my Seagates for them in my Raid 6 setup (7+1), never looked back ever since.
Love Samsung drives, thinking about the Samsung 830 SSD's right now actually.

My preference of spinning rust drives usually goes like this;

1. WD
2. Samsung
3. Hitachi
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