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Reliable hard drive
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:37:19 AM »
Well, I've just had my 5th Western Digital hard drive go bad on me, and this one is less than a year old, so I've now decided to stay away from that brand (I'll probably try to RMA this one though).  I currently have an old Samsung drive in my system that is still working well after almost 4 years of use, so I'm strongly considering buying another one.  Does anyone have any suggestions for a good reliable HDD that will last me for more than a year (hopefully as long as is reasonably possible?

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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2013, 09:04:05 AM »
It doesn't appear to be brand (to me) so much as it appears to be model. I'm running a WD 300gig velociraptor that has given me no troubles at all and I bought it from Tibbs like... 2 years ago? 1 year? I also have a 500gig seagate that's fine, but I've had a couple 1.5tb seagates die over the years.

To be fair, 2/4 of my small home server drives are 2tb samsungs that are reputed to be rock solid in reliability and the 3rd drive is of the same model number, but made after seagate bought samsung (which I haven't had any problems with, either.

Might just wanna bite the bullet, save a few $$$ and get a reasonably spacious SSD and use your mechanical drives in a external or outright separate box so you can control when they're used and thus prolong their life.
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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2013, 09:13:42 AM »
I know that the statistics are against me and that WD has a good reputation, but it's hard to bring myself to get another one when I've had so many of that same brand give me problems earlier than other brands I've owned.  It's just my personal feelings; I'm just really pissed off at WD right now.  As far as SSD's, I've read reports that they are statistically no more reliable than mechanical HDD's; at least one or two of the articles were debunking the myth that SSD's are more reliable because they do not have moving parts.  In any case, my storage needs exceed what I'm willing/able to pay for a SSD's storage/cost ratio.  I'm currently looking into enterprise drives since they're "supposedly" more reliable.

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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2013, 09:17:29 AM »
Hmm... after a little research, it seems as thought I shouldn't waste my time looking into "enterprise" drives.

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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2013, 11:34:59 AM »
Is it the same model drive thats been dieing?  WD makes good drives.
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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2013, 12:44:12 PM »
They're all blacks, except one green, of varying sizes; it only had my game installs on it.

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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2013, 01:18:56 PM »
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In any case, my storage needs exceed what I'm willing/able to pay for a SSD's storage/cost ratio.

Do you have to have your storage on your main machine? Cuz you could always just put together a small server/NAS that you turn on only when you really need to. 2/3tb drives have decent prices now and you could just get 2-4 of them and be set.
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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2013, 02:06:50 PM »
It would mainly be for my game installs, not sure if I want to offload that to a NAS.

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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2013, 11:31:05 AM »
Yea I remember their black 320gig were pieces of crap.  But as Zx said they have one of the highest reps in the industry.  5 drives almost makes me wonder if something else is going on in there that's bricking the drives.

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Re: Reliable hard drive
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2013, 12:37:41 PM »
I was thinking that, but my other drives that have been in the same environment have not had any issues.  According to some research I've done, about 80% of HDD's last for 4 years; none of my WD drives have lasted that long.  The few drives I've bought from other manufacturers have all lasted longer than my WD drives.  My computer doesn't run hot, there is a fan right in front of the drives.  It definitely doesn't experience much physical trauma; it just sits there on my floor.  I thought I got it working, but now it's acting up again.  It keeps disconnecting and reconnecting, and the drive makes a sound like it spins up and then stops.  I keep racking my brain as to what I could be doing differently than everyone else to have these drives fail, but I doubt I'm doing anything the average user isn't. I even downloaded the diagnostic tool from WD's site, and it tells me that the drive is fine