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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 2014-02-20, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hopefully Seagate's 5TB drives turn out better statistics...
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 2014-03-01, 07:23 PM
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I see that a recent investment in two external Hitachi 3 TB Turon drives was a wise one.
Hitachi drives are now sold by Toshiba.

I haven't lost my mind. It's around here...somewhere...
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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 2014-03-15, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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A good overview of how far we've come in terms of storage over the last few decades

and some IDC statistic to accompany that

Do people really need that much porn?...
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post #19 of 21 (permalink) Old 2014-03-17, 12:10 PM
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The internal hard drive in my laptop is a Western Digital 500GB and it's now failing me after 3 and a half years.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 2014-08-06, 09:58 PM
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Internal HDD's (Seagate vs Hitachi vs WD)

Just bought a Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB hard drive from a local store and am starting to have second thoughts after reading reviews online and a report on Backblaze (if you want to find it, search "What Hard Drive Should I Buy" in google and it should pop up). Backblaze seems to indicate that the particular drive I now own has an annual failure rate of about 10%, Wondering if any of you have insight on whether or not my fears are justified, and whether or not you have any experience with Hitachi or WD internal HDD's. If you have experience with another brand, feel free to share.

I read a comment on another forum which seemed to indicate that the 11th and 12th generations of the Seagate Barracuda drives were terrible and that the 14th gen had been improved. Any truth to this? How do I find out which generation I have? My seagate drive was manufactured on 04/13 if that helps any.


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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 2014-08-06, 10:24 PM
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All makers have good and bad drives. At one time, IBM had the best drives and then they made the Deskstar (AKA Deathstar) line. (I has 2 out of 4 fail.) It killed their reputation and their drive division as well. Similarly, Seagate was good until several years ago. Soon after, Western Digital went downhill with their 1.5TB and 2TB Green drives. I've had failure rates of about 50% with those. (Their 1TB Green drives were great but not the "upgraded" larger drives.) WD's response was to shorten their drive warranties. I had one of their shorter warranty drives fail just after the shortened warranty expired. It would have been covered under the longer warranty (surprise, surprise.)

Whatever you buy, make sure it has a good warranty, at least 3 years, and is suitable for the purpose in terms of speed, power consumption, noise, MTBF, etc. Above all, make regular backups. All drives will fail eventually.

You might want to check out earlier posts in this thread.
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