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Old September 26, 2008, 08:56 PM
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Exactly. I would have gladly purchased 7200.11s, but I was only getting one and the AHCI problem was not appealing to me. I have personally guided at least half a dozen people to purchase the WDs, while I have told a few others to go for 7200.11s if they wanted RAID. It's not a lot of people, but word gets around fairly quickly in the enthusiast community.
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yeah. well, i want raid, so thank dog *except dyslexic* , i get to get the seagates :P heheh
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I will too, for sure.. Seagates here I come.. :P
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Just wanted to add my 2 cents here. I just did a build for my brother and installed a WD 640 AAKS. It scored 5.9 on Vista's WEI for what its worth.

My experience with the latest Seagate HDDs have not been that positive. Note that I have AHCI enabled on my main rig. I have a 750GB Seagate HDD and for some reason the burst rates are very low (using HD Tune). Good thing this drive is not my primary drive and it is just on an eSATA enclosure enclosure to store video files. I do have a second exact same enclosure (Thermaltake Max 4 with fan) and I did install a WD 500 GB AAKS on it and tested for burst speed just to make sure it was not the enclosure causing the problem. The WD 500 GB AAKS on the eSATA performed just as well as the one inside my PC.

It looks like Seagate has been dogged by firmware related issues on their newer drives. This is why on my latest builds for friends and family, I am sticking with Western Digital drives. I have been using Seagates like forever (especially because WD drives in the past tended to be very noisy and also had reliability problems) but now it seems they have fallen behind Western Digital... at least in desktop hard drives.

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Old September 28, 2008, 01:11 AM
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Just wanted to add my 2 cents here. I just did a build for my brother and installed a WD 640 AAKS. It scored 5.9 on Vista's WEI for what its worth.

My experience with the latest Seagate HDDs have not been that positive. Note that I have AHCI enabled on my main rig. I have a 750GB Seagate HDD and for some reason the burst rates are very low (using HD Tune). Good thing this drive is not my primary drive and it is just on an eSATA enclosure enclosure to store video files. I do have a second exact same enclosure (Thermaltake Max 4 with fan) and I did install a WD 500 GB AAKS on it and tested for burst speed just to make sure it was not the enclosure causing the problem. The WD 500 GB AAKS on the eSATA performed just as well as the one inside my PC.

It looks like Seagate has been dogged by firmware related issues on their newer drives. This is why on my latest builds for friends and family, I am sticking with Western Digital drives. I have been using Seagates like forever (especially because WD drives in the past tended to be very noisy and also had reliability problems) but now it seems they have fallen behind Western Digital... at least in desktop hard drives.
I have a theory WRT Seagate's recent reliability & noise issues. First off, my OS(XP-Pro SP2) drive is a Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA3g..i've had for a year and a half... and it's still fairly fast, cool, quite.. and bullet-proof(knock on wood ). I put a 7200.10 250GB(16MB-410AS) in my daughter's rig, and it's a little rocket.. and not noisy at all. Seagate was always ultra-reliable and the quietest drives you could get... then one day, i heard a rumour.."Seagate's buying Maxtor" :help: ! I had a bad feeling about this, as all my Maxtor's made a quick trip to HDD-heaven. Since then, i've been reading reviews and forum-goers have been cursing Seagate. Their reliability is average to below-average, and they have gone from the quietest HDDs to some of the noisiest. Seems like Seagate inherited some of Maxtor's weaknesses. Would i ever buy another Seagate..yep...just not another 7200.10(400/500/750)? I just read a review on the new Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB drive.... and i want one! Sorry for the longish post.
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I would totally agree with you on the Maxtor part. Ever since Seagate bought Maxtor things have gone down hill for them. Oh and don't recommend my users WD, I'll blow your Tanker with my Stinger Missile :P
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Hey S_G any updates from Seagate, this is getting really surprising to see Seagate not caring for their customers, they are acting as they don't give a damn!! meanwhile WD continues to attract more business and so does Samsung too, lots of people are buying their drives.
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Nothing at all since I messaged them back on the 26th. I'm shocked at the lack of discussion with Seagate. I was hoping they'd be more helpful in discovering the problem. I am not a happy customer, and I might just have to start skipping Seagate products...
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Exactly how I feel right now, I might even just pick 2 WD drives after all...
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I just picked up a samsung 640gb I'll see if I can get some results
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