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March 27, 2014 8:47:35 AM

Long story short one of my HDDs is about to die after 4 long years of heavy download

I'm looking for replacement but not sure anymore what brand to get since most good brands became bad since 2009 in quality

I actually wrote the whole story, reason, and experience I had with HDDs in the last few years on my former thread but since I forgot to confirmed my new user it was deleted...

so I too lazy to write that wall again and going to make it short

Does anyone know good HDD of 1 TB and sata 2 that still being sells todays and have good quality and Not die after less then half year under minimum use? (if there's 24/7 HDDs like the others that I currently use which never failed me it will be even better!)

I going to use this HDD for heavy downloads

I don't want to get near WD or Seagate so please advise me other brands if possible

thanks!



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many thanks for your replies :) 

However as I mentioned I don't want to get near WD or Seagate so please advise me other brands if possible and I mostly looking for 24/7 type of 1 TB and sata II


by the way how the Hitachi/IBM 1000GB A7K2000-1000 sound?

it Enterprise HGST drive too

I'm not fan of Hitachi but they sound way more reliable to me then WD and Seagate


March 27, 2014 9:20:13 AM

you would probably be better going with a WD red as they are enterprise class and designed for constant use, however if you switch off your PC quite regularly then it may not be such a good idea as they are meant to be left on until the day they die, but like i said if you have your PC on most of the time your better off with the enterprise class
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March 27, 2014 9:27:38 AM

You might want to look at NAS drives, like the WD Red series (1TB model # WD10EFRX), Seagate's NAS drives (like the 2TB ST2000VN000), or even HGST (Hitachi Global Storage Technology, formerly IBM).

NAS drives are designed to run 24/7, usually with other Red drives in a RAID array. They have some specific characteristics that are supposed to help 24/7 operation, such additional vibrational control as well as different error recovery routines for RAID operation.

So if you're looking for something that will last long-term, a NAS drive might be the way to go, even if you're not using it in a NAS.
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March 27, 2014 9:32:18 AM

PCgenie said:
you would probably be better going with a WD red as they are enterprise class and designed for constant use, however if you switch off your PC quite regularly then it may not be such a good idea as they are meant to be left on until the day they die, but like i said if you have your PC on most of the time your better off with the enterprise class


Please note that WD Red is NOT WD's enterprise class. That is the RE series. WD Red is the line of drives designed for NAS usage.

Western Digital seems to be going all-in on colors; they've also announced the "Purple" line for video-surveillance storage.
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March 29, 2014 7:40:05 AM

many thanks for your replies :) 

However as I mentioned I don't want to get near WD or Seagate so please advise me other brands if possible and I mostly looking for 24/7 type of 1 TB and sata II


by the way how the Hitachi/IBM 1000GB A7K2000-1000 sound?

it Enterprise HGST drive too

I'm not fan of Hitachi but they sound way more reliable to me then WD and Seagate

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March 31, 2014 12:04:21 PM

egozi44 said:
many thanks for your replies :) 

However as I mentioned I don't want to get near WD or Seagate so please advise me other brands if possible and I mostly looking for 24/7 type of 1 TB and sata II


by the way how the Hitachi/IBM 1000GB A7K2000-1000 sound?

it Enterprise HGST drive too

I'm not fan of Hitachi but they sound way more reliable to me then WD and Seagate



WIth hard drives, you have to separate personal feelings away from them. None of them have perfect records. All of the manufacturers have had problems at one time or another. So all you need to do is ensure you have a reliable backup system.

Go with whichever ones have the best price/performance/specs with which you feel comfortable. WD and Seagate are NOT bad brands, but if you feel like going with the HGST Ultrastar line, that's your choice.

If I was a pessimist, I would say that the IBM (now Hitachi or HGST) Ultrastar line used to be called the "Deathstar" due to a large number of those drives dying. However, that's the past, and that's also my point - don't get too wrapped up in it. Just make sure you have a good backup.

The drive you're referring to has fairly decent reviews on Newegg, although most say you should have good cooling for that drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145420



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April 1, 2014 9:50:42 AM

Thanks 2Be_or_Not2Be , I actually wrote in my pervious thread that if possible I want that people will talk from experience

so far the past or not the WDs and Seagate that people get here keep dying (saw ton of comments about it and had experience myself many many many times), some sellers here even got to the point that they not want to work with them due to the many times that people came to replace them I also had issue with WD black series and replace it 3 times, and still saw how the drive die on minimal uses and less then half year, most of WD external HDDs also die on me and came with the need of more electricity power or lack support of some device which made them useless for my xbox or PS3, I of course agree with what you said but so far either that "these" times when most HDDs manufacturers keep making HDDs that fall apart are still here, or either that most of their failed leftovers are still here (which not seem to be the case since many here tried drives that came out not long ago and still report how they keep dying, not to mention that some tried drives from overseas and still had that issue)

If you ask me, since 2009 it seem that most manufacturers start to go on quantity mostly instead of quality, or that they just don't fully control all the parameters of the new technologies that they keep adding to their drive, I notice that mostly since the 1 tb and sata 3 "era" most drive keep dying really fast while older drive of 500 gb and etc keep live under heavy uses till today


I need drive for heavy use and it seem that WD and Seagate don't answer my request for now, so I prefer to focus on other manufacturers and buy drive that most users had experiences with it for quite some time and can recommend it to me, sure there's no guarantee that I won't have issues with the exact same drive but in my opinion it wroth trying (better then trying WD again for the who know how much time that I tried them and see how they keep dying on me again... and better then go blind and try my luck, and my last try with WD was less then half year ago, and yea the drive had good scores, some recommendations and what not and still died really fast.


Sellers with experience here start to call WD garbage, and I can't say that for now I don't agree with them

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April 1, 2014 10:04:03 AM

egozi44 said:
Thanks 2Be_or_Not2Be , I actually wrote in my pervious thread that if possible I want that people will talk from experience

so far the past or not the WDs and Seagate that people get here keep dying (saw ton of comments about it and had experience myself many many many times), some sellers here even got to the point that they not want to work with them due to the many times that people came to replace them I also had issue with WD black series and replace it 3 times, and still saw how the drive die on minimal uses and less then half year, most of WD external HDDs also die on me and came with the need of more electricity power or lack support of some device which made them useless for my xbox or PS3, I of course agree with what you said but so far either that "these" times when most HDDs manufacturers keep making HDDs that fall apart are still here, or either that most of their failed leftovers are still here (which not seem to be the case since many here tried drives that came out not long ago and still report how they keep dying, not to mention that some tried drives from overseas and still had that issue)

If you ask me, since 2009 it seem that most manufacturers start to go on quantity mostly instead of quality, or that they just don't fully control all the parameters of the new technologies that they keep adding to their drive, I notice that mostly since the 1 tb and sata 3 "era" most drive keep dying really fast while older drive of 500 gb and etc keep live under heavy uses till today


I need drive for heavy use and it seem that WD and Seagate don't answer my request for now, so I prefer to focus on other manufacturers and buy drive that most users had experiences with it for quite some time and can recommend it to me, sure there's no guarantee that I won't have issues with the exact same drive but in my opinion it wroth trying (better then trying WD again for the who know how much time that which I tried them and see how they keep dying on me again... and my last try with them was less then half year ago, and yea the drive had good scores, some recommendations and what not and still died,


Well, I could lend my own anecdotal evidence that my 3TB WD drive is still going strong after being used non-stop as a video storage for my DVR over several years. Over the course of 20yrs+ in the computer industry, I have also dealt with many drives, including IBM/HGST Ultrastars/Deskstars/TravelStars, WD, Seagate, etc. But it's only my anecdote - it's not conclusive across the board.

People mainly complain about drives on the Internet, but most aren't coming to a board to say "wow, my WD is still running after 2 years". If it's working, most people don't even think about it.

So I would say again, don't worry too much about the brand. Go for the higher-end drives that have more error-checking/tolerance, such as enterprise drives that are designed for 24/7 usage.

Perhaps what you really should be doing is changing technology from a spinning disk hard drive to a SSD. SSDs don't have the moving parts, so they are obviously much more reliable from a mechanical perspective by not having moving parts. They, of course, can have other issues. In your case, I would look for a Samsung 840 Pro; it's got a higher price tag but it's designed for more power/performance while still having good reliability. A Crucial M500 also isn't a bad deal if you're more price-conscious.
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