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Seagate FREEAGENT DESKTOP External 500GB USB2 Hard Drive £68.86 delivered!

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500Gb external hard drive from probably the best hard drive manufacturer. A steal at this price.
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500Gb external hard drive from probably the best hard drive manufacturer. A steal at this price.
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#1
How reliable are seagate and maxtor? Ive always had bad experience of them. My latest is western digital 500gigs got from ebuyer. So far so good, will update you in 3 years time to see how good it still is :)
#2
sylar
How reliable are seagate and maxtor? Ive always had bad experience of them. My latest is western digital 500gigs got from ebuyer. So far so good, will update you in 3 years time to see how good it still is :)


I have always found seagate to be very very good - have one running in my old desk top - used daily for 5 years now. Touch wood!!
#3
I've just returned two hard drives this week, one being an IBM 250gig, and the other a 320gig Western Digital. The IBM lasted 2 years, and the WD less than 8 months.

I bought a freecom 500gb usb2 drive last week from ebuyer, and the power pack died within 4 hours of using it. The drive still works (when tried with another power pack) but the PSU gave up. I think this is the quickest failure I have ever seen. The freecom unit came with a hitachi drive inside (IBM).

I have four other big hd's in my pc, and they are all seagates.
One seagate drive began giving me CRC errors a few months ago, I marked the sectors bad and the drive has worked since. The other three have been good for the past 2 to 3 years.

Seagate gets a big thumbs up from me !!

Wouldnt touch another maxtor, WD or IBM (Hitachi) drive again !

Jav
#4
http://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/313khZcT2zL._SS400_.jpghttp://g-ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/31KQMy3y4SL._SS400_.jpg
Looks good to me :) Thanks
#5
How funny, the only reliable drives for me has been western digital (I have a 120gig for over a year now) and Hitachi. My Maxtor and Seagate never lasted with me.

Pot luck perhaps
#6
In my experience seagate drives are a little hit and miss, you might get lucky and it might last you forever, or maybe not.

I agree siwth sylar - All my drives (2.5tb ot them) are WD, all the systems I've built and upgraded over the last 18 years with WD have been 100% reliable. I cannot say the same for other manufacturers.

My personal top 5 HDD drive manufacturers.

1: WD
2: IBM/Hitachi
3: Samsung
4: Seagate
5: Fujitsu

**** that I would never buy: lacie, freecom, maxtor...

WD seems to be far and away the leader in Hard Drive reliability, The single factor I've noticed in years of fault finding and replacing HDD's in many pc's is the PSU, systems with a branded regulated PSU tend to outlast systems with generic unbranded PSUs.

Data Loss is not funny (unless it happens to someone else) hahahaha
#7
As with anything people are gnna have there prefered makes, But due to realiability and other factors id say

1. Seagate
2. Maxtor (actually owned by seagate)
3. Samsung / WD
4. Hitachi
#8
Freecom is much better than seagate in my opinion.

I've read the reviews of seagates HD's and that put me strraight off!
#9
I have this hard drive, I'm not too clued up on all the technical stuff but it looks pretty cool for an external drive!

I am using it as part of a temp HTPC and watch films stored on it with no problems

It doesnt have firewire though, I believe there are similar priced ones out there that have both that and USB
#10
[SIZE=2]Last week I had an 80gb Seagate internal drive fail. And a few months ago I had a 250gb Seagate external drive fail.[/SIZE]
#11
Solero

It doesnt have firewire though, I believe there are similar priced ones out there that have both that and USB


Where? I'd much prefer a firewire drive.
#12
im looking for a hot or not...

can someone find a £60 500GB external drive delivered deal for me? lol
#13
Please note there are three versions of the Seagate 500GB (£68 to £105), this drive is a IDE and for the money this is a excellent buy.
#14
daman2k: Each to his own, but I find it difficult to believe you would prefer MAXTOR to anything else, they are the most unreliable drives on the market.
#15
:whistling: Go for Same Harddisk on ebuyer.com with google checkout it comes to £59.99 :santa:
#16
As i said people are gnna have good and bad opinions on anydrive. With regards to maxtor they became a hell of a lot more reliable once seagate aquired them. Ive had endless seagate and maxtor drives and not one has ever failed on me, thats why i use them exclusivley at work and at home.
My main problem with hitachi is that some of there drives can be awfully noisy.

Back to the deal

I belive this drive has a 8mb cache i would personally get one with a 16mb cache. Also i wouldnt say this is a hot deal as such as all the 500gb externals are around this price.
#17
Everybody has his own opinion, depending on own experience.

According to mine:

1. Seagate (no failures in 6 years of using)
2. Maxtor (no failures in 5 years of using)
3. Samsung (no failures in 3 years of using)
4. WD (no failures in 3 years of using, failure in friend's comp)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9. IBM/Hitachi (problematic hard drive from day 1)
10. Toshiba (laptop HD dead after 1 year 1 day)

To me the proof of reliability is the warranty period, as far as I know only Seagate can commit themselves to 5 years. So, as long as you backup, which you should whatever hd you use, you will get a new drive with Seagate even 5 years down the line.
#18
foulone
In my experience seagate drives are a little hit and miss, you might get lucky and it might last you forever, or maybe not.

I agree siwth sylar - All my drives (2.5tb ot them) are WD, all the systems I've built and upgraded over the last 18 years with WD have been 100% reliable. I cannot say the same for other manufacturers.

My personal top 5 HDD drive manufacturers.

1: WD
2: IBM/Hitachi
3: Samsung
4: Seagate
5: Fujitsu

**** that I would never buy: lacie, freecom, maxtor...

WD seems to be far and away the leader in Hard Drive reliability, The single factor I've noticed in years of fault finding and replacing HDD's in many pc's is the PSU, systems with a branded regulated PSU tend to outlast systems with generic unbranded PSUs.

Data Loss is not funny (unless it happens to someone else) hahahaha


Lacie & Freecom don't make their own drives. They could be from any one of those other manufacturers. Also, I'm 99% sure Fujitsu haven't produced any in years.
#19
I had one of these drives for 4 days before it fried itself. A mate has one, and the light on it only works intermittently. Never gonna touch one of these again!!
#20
Victim
Freecom is much better than seagate in my opinion.

I've read the reviews of seagates HD's and that put me strraight off!



i worked for seagate for 2 years and having seen their production process close up id never ever buy or recommend a seagate hard drive
#21
I have had this drive for about 4 months I think, and have virtually left it on 24/7 and have had no problems with it. I just wish it had an on/off switch.
#22
i'd definitely say western digital is best (one failure out of about a dozen drives) followed by seagate. ibm and fujitsu are a bit dodgey and finally maxtor are just laughably rubbish (one survivor out of about eight drives).

there's not much in it with wd vs. seagate, i think seagate have a slight performance edge with the 7200.10, but wd-aaks drives are quieter.
#23
I bought one of these from play.com a few months ago when they were around the same price. Mine is on 24/7 not had any problems with it and would certainly recommend it.
#24
as above got one from play a few months back and had it on ever since with no problems, works great
#25
I use Seagate drives in both my PC and server. They have 5 year warranty and run cool, very reliable kit. This is a great price for an external model. My first preference would be Seagate then Samsung.
#26
Ordered one - 5 year garantee whats to lose?
#27
foulone
daman2k: Each to his own, but I find it difficult to believe you would prefer MAXTOR to anything else, they are the most unreliable drives on the market.


I'd second that. As I've said before here on these boards, Dell had to change their warranty policy to cope with the sheer number of Maxtor drives that were failing, they're that bad. And my System Event Viewer has this to say about them -

Event Type: Error
Event Source: PlugPlayManager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 12
Date: 09/10/2007
Time: 17:04:54
User: N/A
Computer: DPC
Description:
The device 'Maxtor 6Y120M0' (IDE\DiskMaxtor_6Y120M0__________________________YAR51EW0\3359574d4a314532202020202020202020202020) disappeared from the system without first being prepared for removal.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
Data:
0000: 00 00 00 00 ....


Which is helpful. Amusingly though, if you click the link at the bottom of that, all you see is the Microsoft logo at the top of the page, and an animated GIF of an overweight Chinese man pointing at you and laughing, which the words "Hahaha you bought Maxtor!" in a speech bubble next to his head. Honest.
#28
nikamvishal
:whistling: Go for Same Harddisk on ebuyer.com with google checkout it comes to £59.99 :santa:
I can't see any current Google Checkout discount on Ebuyer?
#29
I bought the eSATA version of this 2 months ago for over £100, so this looks like a bargain to me. Voted hot.
#30
Good price for this, last time it was at this level was when we played that little trick on Play.com with the voucher:giggle: :thumbsup:

Now THERE was a HOT deal, 1170 degrees!

Click!
#31
mystik
Everybody has his own opinion, depending on own experience.

According to mine:

1. Seagate (no failures in 6 years of using)
2. Maxtor (no failures in 5 years of using)
3. Samsung (no failures in 3 years of using)
4. WD (no failures in 3 years of using, failure in friend's comp)
5.
6.
7.
8.
9. IBM/Hitachi (problematic hard drive from day 1)
10. Toshiba (laptop HD dead after 1 year 1 day)

To me the proof of reliability is the warranty period, as far as I know only Seagate can commit themselves to 5 years. So, as long as you backup, which you should whatever hd you use, you will get a new drive with Seagate even 5 years down the line.

...
2.MAXTOR
...
:w00t: you must have been very lucky.
In mine opinion and other people that are dealing with IT, that I know personally, Maxtor is the worst ever ...

but good luck ;)
#32
I bought a 300gb seagate external for £100 last chrismas. This is a real bargain for anyone who decides to get one.
Shows how much prices change over time
#33
Stanglish:

Fujitsu still make drives see here:
http://www.ebuyer.com/search/?strSearch=&bolShowAll=true&intStoreID=2&intCatID=4&intMfrID=13&bolShowAll=true

and yes lacie and freecom don't make the drives, however their enclosures and PSU's are notoriously unreliable.

Phatbhoy:

Whats to lose? how about all your data!
#34
Bully
i worked for seagate for 2 years and having seen their production process close up id never ever buy or recommend a seagate hard drive


Have you also worked for the other HD manufacturers and watched THEIR production process close up to make a fair comparison?
#35
I've had 4 maxtors 1 of which died the other 3 still work.

ive had 2 wd raptors 1 of which died although the replacement is fine.
1 wd (i think) 2.5" drive out of a macbook.

Got a couple seagates in the desktop atm so far so good although I've only had this pc a couple months.

I've had 2 Hitachi drives no problems yet (1 3.5" 160gb ide 1 2.5" 80gb ide)

and I've got a fujiusu 120gb drive in the laptop.

I don't think who makes them makes all that much difference either you get a good one that lasts a long time or you get a bad one and it dies seems to be luck of the draw.
#36
foulone

Phatbhoy:

Whats to lose? how about all your data!


Unlikley - I tend to go by the rule that "Data doesn't really exist unless you have at least 2 copies" and this type of unit should only really be used as a backing up system
#37
Hi..
Go for
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128603
Then opt for super saver delivery
Then go fro google checkout
And u get the price 59.49£
:thumbsup:
#38
nikamvishal
Hi..
Go for
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/128603
Then opt for super saver delivery
Then go fro google checkout
And u get the price 59.49£
:thumbsup:

Till you log into GC and the VAT is added.....
#39
Shengis
Till you log into GC and the VAT is added.....
Not just me then. :roll:

Thanks OP, ordered two (although the price has crept up to match Ebuyer's £69.91). :thumbsup:
#40
Still a bargain and 8p cheaper than the one I bought in april. Don't you just hate buying things and seeing the price drop......

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