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Can you please advice what the most reliable brand or otherwise is for hard drives? Just had a WD fail on me and really want something that can last. Obviously I don't must paying more for this. Looki…
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2y, 1m agoPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
Can you please advice what the most reliable brand or otherwise is for hard drives? Just had a WD fail on me and really want something that can last. Obviously I don't must paying more for this. Looking at 1 to 2 TB. Thanks
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2y, 1m agoPosted 2 years, 1 month ago
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the backblaze website had reliability tests on it.

WD is one of the best at the moment with hitachi/toshiba also being good but low sample numbers.

Currently seagate are poor.

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#1
How old was the WD and what model? Everyone has different experience. I have 4 WD Red drives in server and a 10 yr old Samsung F1 in desktop. I've had Hitachi and Seagate drives fail quickly.

What use and workload is it going to be subjected too?
#2
I don't know where the model no is on it, about 3 years old. was acting as my backup for iMac so I guess it updates everyday for a brief period.
#3
Was it a portable drive? USB powered?
#4
Yes, an external drive but not powered by USB.
#5
WDD have lasted 2-3 years for me already - have 2 and both going good.
#6
So its a mains powered 3.5" external drive? How has it failed? Can you remove the drive to confirm it's through drive that's failed and not power or interface?
#7
It's making grinding noises, I guess the head has failed?
#8
the backblaze website had reliability tests on it.

WD is one of the best at the moment with hitachi/toshiba also being good but low sample numbers.

Currently seagate are poor.
#9
Never had issues with 2.5" seagate and hitachi drives after using them several years on laptops and ps3. Just recently had a wd fail on me. though not sure about the 3.5" drives, could be the opposite.
#10
last reliable drive I bought was a quantum fireball. only problem I had was when a Psu fan failed and it heated up and completely scrambled, fine after it cooled down. Then maxtor bought them and killed them off :( Never heard of them failing. A friend blew the IC off a Fujitsu drive once :)
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kester76
last reliable drive I bought was a quantum fireball. only problem I had was when a Psu fan failed and it heated up and completely scrambled, fine after it cooled down. Then maxtor bought them and killed them off :( Never heard of them failing. A friend blew the IC off a Fujitsu drive once :)

Hehehe
i had a fireball in my amiga 4000 scsi version still works last time i fired it up.

I blew the IC off a HD myself by over voltin the HD because i the system was suffering voltage droop.
Almost lost an eye to that experiment.
#12
out of all the brand new uk vodafone samsung s5 sold in uk, have to be my brand new s5 got a perminent red dot on the screen, had to arrange to send back.

i think they are all the same, it depend on your luck.
some will fail early, some last abit longer, its all to do with moving parts.
maybe a bit longer with ssd drive with changing some setting in windows but limited flash erase/write cycle (stay away from refurbushed ssd)
just have to back up your important files frequenly.
#13
trott3r
kester76
last reliable drive I bought was a quantum fireball. only problem I had was when a Psu fan failed and it heated up and completely scrambled, fine after it cooled down. Then maxtor bought them and killed them off :( Never heard of them failing. A friend blew the IC off a Fujitsu drive once :)

Hehehe
i had a fireball in my amiga 4000 scsi version still works last time i fired it up.

I blew the IC off a HD myself by over voltin the HD because i the system was suffering voltage droop.
Almost lost an eye to that experiment.
Ouch, would explain why my friend had a room fan blowing on the PC to keep it warm, gotta love those cheap PSUs :) Hopefully it was that and you didn't have a dodgy North/Southbridge :)

Edited By: kester76 on Jan 05, 2015 09:55: l

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