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SEAGATE barracuda 1.5Tb / WESTERN digital Caviar 1.5Tb

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December 1, 2009 8:42:51 AM

Hi

What should I rather go for?

Seagate barracuda - 7200.11 st31500341as , 1.5TB/1500gb, s-ata2 , 7200rpm 120 MB/s sustained data rate,32-MB cache buffer, 7200rpm
or
Western Digital CAViAR GP WD15EADS 1500gb/1.5Tb, S-ata2- 32mb cache, 8.9ms,5400-7200rpm for powersaveing

the prices are very similar, this drive will be used as a secondary(Music\movie\image) drive on my system as my os runs from my Raptor, I need something reliable and Fast. I had a couple of issues on seagate drives before so im aiming towards the WD drive ???

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a b G Storage
December 1, 2009 9:43:41 AM
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Zracko said:
Hi

What should I rather go for?

Seagate barracuda - 7200.11 st31500341as , 1.5TB/1500gb, s-ata2 , 7200rpm 120 MB/s sustained data rate,32-MB cache buffer, 7200rpm
or
Western Digital CAViAR GP WD15EADS 1500gb/1.5Tb, S-ata2- 32mb cache, 8.9ms,5400-7200rpm for powersaveing

the prices are very similar, this drive will be used as a secondary(Music\movie\image) drive on my system as my os runs from my Raptor, I need something reliable and Fast. I had a couple of issues on seagate drives before so im aiming towards the WD drive ???



If its just for backup and dump, Caviar Green. Power saving and give you the performance if your need to. Else Caviar Black. No Seagate for me!
a b G Storage
December 1, 2009 11:42:58 AM

Not a 7200.11 Seagate. Get a .12 model if you really want a Seagate. The .11's had a firmware problem that occasionally turned them into bricks.
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December 1, 2009 11:48:57 AM

Seems to me There are lots of people with seagate issues Lately , Wonder Whats going on?? JSC - i've got a 250gb .12 brick aswell , seems like they are trying to manufacture bricks these days,lol
December 9, 2009 4:29:27 PM

I've had a terrible problem with reliability of Seagate 7200.10 and 7200.11 drives lately. Specifically, they fail out of RAID all the time. Seagate doesn't say much of anything about this in the public literature, but after multiple RMAs, I contacted them directly and their RMA "Engineer" said that the AS drives were not designed for, and would not be reliable in "Enterprise RAID" which he defined as RAID 5 or RAID 10.
When I pointed out that the RAIDs it was failing out of were on desktops, which these days come with on-board RAID controllers almost universally, he continued to insist that what I was doing was "enterprise".
It's well documented that there are firmware issues, but the real problem is that seagate is selling a product that isn't suitable for a large, and growing, segment of the market: anyone using RAID, and not making it clear that the product won't work reliably in that configuration.
I've been a loyal Seagate customer for decades (all the way back to Shugart Technologies drives in Northstar Horizons), but I have to abandon their products at this point. The combination of disingenuous marketing with testy RMA people (it's the luck of the draw, I've had some who helped, and others who were adamant that it was my fault) means that I can't rely on the things, and I have much better uses for my time than recovering data and waiting for RMAs.
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