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    Most reliable HDD?

    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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    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?

    Original Poster

    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.

    Was it a portable drive? USB powered?

    Original Poster

    Yes, an external drive but not powered by USB.

    WDD have lasted 2-3 years for me already - have 2 and both going good.

    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?

    Original Poster

    It's making grinding noises, I guess the head has failed?

    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.

    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.

    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

    kester76

    last reliable drive I bought was a quantum fireball. only problem I had … 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.

    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.

    trott3r

    Hehehei had a fireball in my amiga 4000 scsi version still works last … Hehehei 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" 5th Jan 2015
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