What is the most reliable hard drive out there (General Concensus)?

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Im looking for a reliable hard drive to back up important data on. Obviously i intend to keep it long term so i wanted some informed opinions to make my decision. I dont care if its ide or Sata and it should be atleast 300GB

So please discuss which brand or speciific design has the least failure rate etc and lets comes to a general answer as to which drive/series/model is generally aggreed to be the most reliable.

Anyone have a opinion on the Samsung F3?

Thank you.

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6 hard drives are Seagate's and none have failed.

Western Digital for me

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You'll never get a consensus on this. Everyman and his dog swears by one brand that has never failed him yet another brand has failed on every drive he's seen. The next person will have the opposite view.

The truth is they're all much of a much, pick one with a 5 year warranty and never ever rely on it as your sole backup of something important!

Seagate or Western Digital

Seagate 7200.12, Samsung F series, WD Blue, Black, Green series.

All have very low failure rate for consumer drives. Most hard disk failures are due to poor cooling.

ya pays your money and ya takes your chance.

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Oh which one is going to fail first then, the one in the removable drive tray I reckon

Seagate ST9250827AS = 33 °C (91 °F)
Seagate ST3320620AS = 43 °C (109 °F)
Seagate ST3500320AS = 28 °C (82 °F)
Seagate ST3250824A = 50 °C (122 °F)
Seagate ST31000528AS = 26 °C (79 °F)
Hitachi HDT721010SLA360 = 30 °C (86 °F)

Put it this way... i put a lot of trade Novatech's way due to tons of self builds and IT repair. For me, and knowing a lot of the tech guys at Novatech over the past years, general opinions seem to swing towards either WD or Seagate. I personally go for WD and install them in every self build i make and all my pcs at home, PS3s and Xbox's are running WD drives.

Wouldnt touch Hitachi... heard bad reports back from Novatech in the past regarding Samsung (although this was some time ago now so cant comment on them recently)... but i would avoid myself if had the choice.

If you want the best imo go for WD black, then blue... but avoid green as they have a naff power save function that slows the drive down when not in use... thus making it slower as it needs to spin back up when in use (they are alright for data saves but not as a boot drive).

Saying that i did say Seagate also... which do have good rep... but never used them myself.

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As I said, never rely on a single hard drive for important data. Every single hard drive will fail with continuous use over a given period of time, they're mechanical devices - it is inevitable.

Come up with a better backup solution then you'll never worry about hard disk failure.

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Squelds;7754971

thus making it slower as it needs to spin back up when in use (they are … thus making it slower as it needs to spin back up when in use (they are alright for data saves but not as a boot drive).



Thought since Vista any extra hard drives you have installed it puts them in to power saving mode, the drive the OS is on stays on though :?

As above tbh... never rely on one drive no matter what make it is. All my photos, digital home videos etc i have backed up over 3 pcs just in case ;-)

lumoruk;7755008

Thought since Vista any extra hard drives you have installed it puts them … Thought since Vista any extra hard drives you have installed it puts them in to power saving mode, the drive the OS is on stays on though :?



WD green drive use aggressive spin down / head parking strategies to save power / heat / noise. Not brilliant for constant access drives.

Squelds;7755038

WD green drive use aggressive spin down / head parking strategies to save … WD green drive use aggressive spin down / head parking strategies to save power / heat / noise. Not brilliant for constant access drives.



But he wants it as a backup drive not a boot drive so not much of an issue.

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My 2p worth is Seagate, esp till last year when they used to give 5 year warranty, shame its now 3, but i still trust them

but in my experience of probably 30 hard drives over 15 years in various machines, only 1 drive, a new week old WD failed, otherwise in several old machines one of which 12 years old when i retired it, i had to kill the hard drive to make sure no data was on it, i think that was a fujitsu

so have owned, seagate, fujitsu, ibm, maxtor, WD, samsung, and have no real consensus to offer you

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Squelds;7755009

As above tbh... never rely on one drive no matter what make it is. All my … As above tbh... never rely on one drive no matter what make it is. All my photos, digital home videos etc i have backed up over 3 pcs just in case ;-)



Exactly!

This is how I ensure I'll never lose my precious photos...

1. They're stored on a WHS machine with duplication.
2. That photos folder is backed up to external USB RAID 1 drive
3. All photos are stored on my own and my partners laptops
4. They're stored at our respective workplaces
5. I have DVD backups both in my house and at each of my Parents

Now that's fairly excessive but I lost a family member's photos once due to their disk failing in my care and it will never happen again.

Any advice on this thread other than the one I'm giving you will be doing you a grave disservice. Backup to more than one disk and it doesn't really matter what disk you use as failure will only by a minor inconvenience, not a disaster!!

GAVINLEWISHUKD;7755064

But he wants it as a backup drive not a boot drive so not much of an … But he wants it as a backup drive not a boot drive so not much of an issue.



Fair comment... and tbh i use a 1tb green for my media server... but i was just pointing out that over the black, blue or green id go for the first 2. The only reason i went for the green was coz it was on a very good offer from Novatech when it first came out lol.

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master_chief;7755072

Now that's fairly excessive but I lost a family member's photos once due … Now that's fairly excessive but I lost a family member's photos once due to their disk failing in my care and it will never happen again.Any advice on this thread other than the one I'm giving you will be doing you a grave disservice. Backup to more than one disk and it doesn't really matter what disk you use as failure will only by a minor inconvenience, not a disaster!!



It's heart breaking to lose so many photos, it's only going to become more common though as people just don't print off their photos any more. My Grandad had a similar experience I managed to recover them all though.

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lumoruk;7755115

It's heart breaking to lose so many photos, it's only going to become … It's heart breaking to lose so many photos, it's only going to become more common though as people just don't print off their photos any more. My Grandad had a similar experience I managed to recover them all though.



Yeah I've recovered plenty of people's photos for them, especially off memory cards which corrupt often but are easily recoverable. The relief on their faces is worth it, I never charge but they often buy me beer or wine instead.

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master_chief;7755072

Exactly!This is how I ensure I'll never lose my precious photos...1. … Exactly!This is how I ensure I'll never lose my precious photos...1. They're stored on a WHS machine with duplication.2. That photos folder is backed up to external USB RAID 1 drive3. All photos are stored on my own and my partners laptops4. They're stored at our respective workplaces5. I have DVD backups both in my house and at each of my ParentsNow that's fairly excessive but I lost a family member's photos once due to their disk failing in my care and it will never happen again.Any advice on this thread other than the one I'm giving you will be doing you a grave disservice. Backup to more than one disk and it doesn't really matter what disk you use as failure will only by a minor inconvenience, not a disaster!!



smart move, i do exactly the same thing, every drive has a copy of my important stuff, and a few dvd-r's stashed away dont exactly cost much either

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master_chief;7755166

Yeah I've recovered plenty of people's photos for them, especially off … Yeah I've recovered plenty of people's photos for them, especially off memory cards which corrupt often but are easily recoverable. The relief on their faces is worth it, I never charge but they often buy me beer or wine instead.



that reminds me, got to send my Sandisk Extreme III 2GB off for replacement :roll: Can't get it recognised in ANY computer with any equipment or software.

master_chief;7754986

As I said, never rely on a single hard drive for important data. Every … As I said, never rely on a single hard drive for important data. Every single hard drive will fail with continuous use over a given period of time, they're mechanical devices - it is inevitable.Come up with a better backup solution then you'll never worry about hard disk failure.



Yup, the reliability of the hard drive is how long it'll last on average before you've got to buy another not whether or not it will fail (it inevitably will before you replace it sooner or later).

As for brand, I'd go for Western Digital: behardware.com/art…tml

hi,
yes your comment is simple, but very reassuring, i am a photographer and storage very important.
i constantly scower (and wory)info on the 'best' drives but cant find a con-censors. your answer makes reassuring sense.
stefan

When I used to repair computers for a living, I used to replace more Seagate and Maxtor hard drives than any other brand. In their defence they were very old drives so they may have different failure rates nowadays.

IMHO, I think hard drives should be replaced every 3 years to ensure reliability. Personally I have Samsung and Western Digital Blue HDDs in my computers and (touchwood) haven't had any problems.

richx45

Seagate or Western Digital:)



+1

Im trying to keep all of my important stuff backed up in the cloud also.

Evernote keeps important douments
Google, dropbox and wuala provide tonnes of storage for everything else.
Edited by: "Jetpac" 8th Jan 2011

flyingflea

When I used to repair computers for a living, I used to replace more … When I used to repair computers for a living, I used to replace more Seagate and Maxtor hard drives than any other brand. In their defence they were very old drives so they may have different failure rates nowadays.IMHO, I think hard drives should be replaced every 3 years to ensure reliability. Personally I have Samsung and Western Digital Blue HDDs in my computers and (touchwood) haven't had any problems.



Dare I say they were also the manufacturers that sold more?

Aside from IBM laptops and the very occasional desktop I've not seen a hitachi and samsung seem to be ok.

WD, you gets what you pays for.......
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