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Hitachi Deskstar ,Seagate or Western Digital ?

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July 20, 2008 4:38:46 PM

Hi,
I'm looking for a 500 GB drive. Which one would you prefer and why ?
(all SATA 2 16MB).
Reliability is the most important for me.
Thanks

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a b G Storage
July 20, 2008 11:56:09 PM

The Seagate 7200.10 is quite reliable - I would probably go with it. Don't get the 7200.11 though - they aren't as reliable as the .10's (though they are quite a bit faster). If you want even more reliability, get the Barracuda ES 500GB. Don't get the Barracuda ES.2 though - it's based off of the .11, and has the same issues, while the ES is based off the .10.
July 21, 2008 3:39:17 PM

cjl said:
The Seagate 7200.10 is quite reliable - I would probably go with it. Don't get the 7200.11 though - they aren't as reliable as the .10's (though they are quite a bit faster). If you want even more reliability, get the Barracuda ES 500GB. Don't get the Barracuda ES.2 though - it's based off of the .11, and has the same issues, while the ES is based off the .10.


I'm currently running a server that uses a Barracuda 7200.11 500GB for the C drive, and 9 Barracuda ES.2 1TB drives in a RAID 5 for data. I've been running this setup for over 6 months with no drive issues.

Where are you hearing that the 7200.11's are not reliable? I personally see no evidence of this.
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July 21, 2008 4:04:34 PM

I have been through many hard drives so far in my computing, and I have found that my Western Digital drives have out lived every other brand. Seagate woule be my next choice.

I have one 80gb WD, it is turning 7 years old this fall. Still running strong.


Cheers,
-PM
a b G Storage
July 21, 2008 4:15:55 PM

SomeJoe7777 said:
I'm currently running a server that uses a Barracuda 7200.11 500GB for the C drive, and 9 Barracuda ES.2 1TB drives in a RAID 5 for data. I've been running this setup for over 6 months with no drive issues.

Where are you hearing that the 7200.11's are not reliable? I personally see no evidence of this.


The reliability isn't terrible, but it isn't as reliable as the .10's either. This is from a friend who works at Seagate. They are fixing the issues though - the newer 7200.11s (with 375GB/platter, like the 1.5TB model) are much better, but they aren't really available yet (they should start to appear in the next couple of weeks). I'm not saying that they're bad drives, but the 7200.10 was reliable enough to be a tough act to follow in that department. The .11's are definitely the ones to choose from a performance standpoint.
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