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Seagate vs Western Digital

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a b G Storage
June 1, 2009 6:02:16 AM

I have the option of choosing either a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive for the new build I am doing for my parents. I only need a relatively small hard drive (320GB would be fine) but I have heard that there are some problems with Seagate firmware recently. I need reliability over anything else. Wht would you recommend?

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June 1, 2009 6:50:32 AM

Western Digital for me. Actually, which model lines are you comparing, the 7200.12s and the Caviars?
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a b G Storage
June 1, 2009 7:05:07 AM

I was comparing something like Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 1.5Gbs ($69) vs Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 3Gbs($88). Its about $20 more, and I don't really care about transfer speeds of the hard drive, so it seems like a waste of $20 (unless Seagate has had problems with that hard drive, in which case I would choose WD).
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a b G Storage
June 1, 2009 3:42:26 PM

The .11 Seagates had the firmware problems. Fixed in the .12's. Having said that, I prefer WD.

Where are you planning on buying your drives? $88 for a WD 320 GB seems high. For less than that, you can buy a WD 640 GB Black from newegg.
a b G Storage
June 1, 2009 3:50:48 PM

That particular seagate is one of the models with the faulty firmware. There is an update for it on seagate's site. However, I would go with western digital anyway. WD is high quality and the prices are reasonable.
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