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What is the Best Hard Drive?

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    What is the Best Hard Drive?


    It was one year ago that I first blogged about the failure rates of specific models of hard drives, so now is a good time for an update.

    At Backblaze, as of December 31, 2014, we had 41,213 disk drives spinning in our data center, storing all of the data for our unlimited backup service. That is up from 27,134 at the end of 2013. This year, most of the new drives are 4 TB drives, and a few are the new 6 TB drives.
    Read more: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/best-hard-drive/

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    Going back 35 years, in my own computer experience, I've found Seagate to be the most reliable drives, at very reasonable prices.
    Although, my first 30 Megabyte HD, the Seagate ST4038, was selling back then for $799, in the Computer Shopper magazine.

    Of all the HD's I've had to replace since then, the one that stands out in my mind as the most frequent to fail has been the Western Digital.
    I know, some guys (probably not technicians) will swear that the WD's are just great, but as a working tech, that's not been my own experience, having to repair hundreds of PC's.
    I currently have two 1TB Seagates in my own Desktop PC, as well as one Samsung 500GB as a storage drive.
    And I'm currently testing Windows 10 on a Seagate SATA II, 360GB drive, that I got in a failed system.

    So all in all, I have to say that my favorite brand of hard drive, after 35 years, is still the Seagate.

    Cheers mates!
    TechnoMage
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    Thats funny because WD's are the only HDDs I buy now, they tend to be a little cheaper for what you get in terms of storage and performance. I haven't had a WD drive go bad on me, but I am just a home user and not an IT tech.

    Some years ago I heard that Seagate suffered from bad quality control - could have been BS, could be something they have long since fixed - and I've just sort of steered clear of the brand since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    Going back 35 years, in my own computer experience, I've found Seagate to be the most reliable drives, at very reasonable prices.
    Although, my first 30 Megabyte HD, the Seagate ST4038, was selling back then for $799, in the Computer Shopper magazine.

    Of all the HD's I've had to replace since then, the one that stands out in my mind as the most frequent to fail has been the Western Digital.
    I know, some guys (probably not technicians) will swear that the WD's are just great, but as a working tech, that's not been my own experience, having to repair hundreds of PC's.
    I currently have two 1TB Seagates in my own Desktop PC, as well as one Samsung 500GB as a storage drive.
    And I'm currently testing Windows 10 on a Seagate SATA II, 360GB drive, that I got in a failed system.

    So all in all, I have to say that my favorite brand of hard drive, after 35 years, is still the Seagate.

    Cheers mates!
    TechnoMage
    My laptop Seagate 250GB, which I use as my primary PC, will be 7 y/o this year, and made in China too (who would have thought)! The only HDD that I ever had failed on me was a WD desktop drive.
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    Well my experience is that WD are good if you get a good one. If not their warranty is great. I've has good luck with Hitachi in notebook but I'm now moving to SSD With 10 year warranty's there going to be hard to complete with. I don't think I've ever had any brand of disk fail that wasn't a OS Drive Seems Data only drive just hang in there till there obsolete. Binks data is undefeatable most of us will never run a hard drive to that extant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    . Binks data is undefeatable most of us will never run a hard drive to that extant.
    Yes, you can't argue when the sample size is that big.
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    I've been a PC "tech" for 25 years and the best drives I've ever used are the WD drives and the worst have been Seagate and the original IBM Deskstars... Quantum drives were pretty bad, too....
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    I just ordered a 1TB Seagate hybrid drive for my laptop. It should be fine, right?
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    I'm thinking of ordering a Crucial MX100 SSD 500GB And You shouldn't use hard drives. They don't last as long as SSD's and can even crash before its life period ends. Get SSD's. It'll be worth it
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