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    Hard Drive Manufacturers

    Fairly quick one - how do WD, Seagate, and Toshiba hold up against each other for reliability (and anything else notable) these days?

    I'm looking at getting a new 2/3TB HDD, having filled up my old WD 1TB one - I've already got an SSD for other uses, and am just looking for bulk storage. I've absolutely no complaints with the current HDD, and as far as I'm concerned WD and Seagate are both perfectly reliable, but I do remember previous occasions when one of the major manufacturers has had a bad run. I've no specific reason to doubt Toshiba, but the cheap prices on their drives raise an eyebrow - do you get what you pay for?

    For reference, the sorts of drives I've glanced at (i.e. picked off the most popular on dabs.com) are:
    WD: http://www.dabs.com/products/wd-2tb-...601.html?src=3
    Seagate: http://www.dabs.com/products/seagate...XD7.html?src=3
    Toshiba: http://www.dabs.com/products/toshiba...126.html?src=3

    The published specs are damn well identical, but the prices vary quite significantly.
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    This is reasonably current. I've been buying Seagate or Samsung by default for years but I guess Seagate is off the table now.

    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21...-should-i-buy/

    Sadly they didn't have enough Toshiba or Samsung drives to be statistically significant.

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    The factor I went with when buying a drive recently was warranty length. Seagates only have a one year warranty (at least they did when I was looking at them a few months back). The reason the WD red is a bit more expensive is it has a 3 year warranty. Can't see details for the others on Dabs, but I bet the Seagate has the shortest. Seagate seem to generally have the worst reputation these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frightlever View Post
    This is reasonably current. I've been buying Seagate or Samsung by default for years but I guess Seagate is off the table now.

    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21...-should-i-buy/

    Sadly they didn't have enough Toshiba or Samsung drives to be statistically significant.
    I remember seeing that before - perhaps it was in an RPS article a while back. Thanks!

    The factor I went with when buying a drive recently was warranty length. Seagates only have a one year warranty (at least they did when I was looking at them a few months back). The reason the WD red is a bit more expensive is it has a 3 year warranty. Can't see details for the others on Dabs, but I bet the Seagate has the shortest. Seagate seem to generally have the worst reputation these days.
    Aha, that would explain the prices. And your comments about Seagate are backed up by frightlever's link - looks like I'll be steering clear.
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    I don't have anywhere near enough hard drives for it to be statistically meaningful, but my experience agrees with that blog. I've had I think 5 Seagate/Maxtor drives, and 4 failed within 2 years. My 3 WD drives are all working fine, as is my 1 Hitachi drive, all between 3-5 years old.

    The main factor is the warranty, WD drives come with 3 years (5 for Black models) and will send you out a new drive before getting the faulty one back. Considering that WD are not usually much more expensive than Seagate, and considering Seagate's higher failure rates, I don't see any reason not to go with WD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frightlever View Post
    This is reasonably current. I've been buying Seagate or Samsung by default for years but I guess Seagate is off the table now.

    http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21...-should-i-buy/

    Sadly they didn't have enough Toshiba or Samsung drives to be statistically significant.
    Samsung is out of the HDD business anyway. That's why the average age of the Samsung drives in that article is higher.

    It's too bad, I'm still running a 500 GB Samsung SpinPoint that's rock-solid 6 years down the road. But I can understand why they'd rather bet on the SSD business instead.

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