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#1 ddeerrff

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 03:33 PM

Looking for a second HDD as a backup drive. I had an IBM Deathstar setup for that, but it developed the click of death (second Deathstar that has done that to me).

Anyway, I need a parallel ATA drive. I really do not NEED more than 160G, and was looking at a WD 160G 7200 RPM, 8Meg cache drive WD1600JBRT (I've been happy with my other WD drive). But it seems like for just a bit more, I can get a Seagate 500G 7200RPM 16 meg cache drive.

What's the scuttlebut on hard drives now-a-days? Does Seagate make a good drive? The specific model I was looking at is the ST3500641A-RK. Any/all recommendations appreciated.
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Posted 13 October 2007 - 04:44 PM

I have switched from deathstar/ibm/hitachi and maxtor to seagate. Been real lucky so far(2 years). Whatever you do try to get a drive that's sold a lot of units and has lots of good reviews. Every manufacturer seems to have runs of drives that die early from time to time. Western digital has a good track record recently.

Edited by DaChew, 13 October 2007 - 04:45 PM.

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 10:02 PM

Seagate is currently enjoying a great reputation and has the longest warranty with three years. I'd go for the seagate.

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 10:24 PM

Seagate is currently enjoying a great reputation and has the longest warranty with three years. I'd go for the seagate.

If you're talking about internal drives Seagate's warranty is actually five years, which is rather awesome, longer than anyone else's far as I know.
Maxtor's are good also (also owned by Seagate now) and I believe their warranty is 3 years.
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 12:59 AM

Seagate is currently enjoying a great reputation and has the longest warranty with three years. I'd go for the seagate.

If you're talking about internal drives Seagate's warranty is actually five years, which is rather awesome, longer than anyone else's far as I know.
Maxtor's are good also (also owned by Seagate now) and I believe their warranty is 3 years.


Dyslexia rears its' ugly head again. Correct...five years. After Seagate purchased Maxtor they increased the Maxtor warranty from one year to three.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 01:56 AM

Western Digital also has 5 year warranties on their drives. Western Digital Warranty Policy and Limitations
I use nothing but Western Digital after several drive failures. I own 4 Western Digital drive that are over 6 years old.
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 06:00 AM

I read an article once that stated that handling during shipping was probably a major contributor to premature failure even with the good drives. I got all my seagates refurb from newegg before they switched to UPS from fedex. There are advantages to buying drives from brick and mortar stores if they weren't tossed off the truck.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 08:16 AM

I only use Western Digital drives on my systems and have done so for at least the last 7 years. During that time I've had one failure (a 500 gB MyBook). Western Digital tech support was great - even to shipping me another drive (to recover my data to) before shipping the failing drive back to them.
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 06:14 AM

Me too. I just use Western Digital drives and have many good experience on them. Recently I picked up my Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 320GB Hard Drive. It has a great reputation and has the longest warranty. I got it for only $90, I think I paid what I got.

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 06:20 AM

Western Digital get my vote, IBM's, Hitachi's Samsung's have all caused me problems.
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:09 PM

Today was dead hard drive day at work - I'm starting to think that there's a higher incidence of failure with the Hitachi/Fujitsu laptop drives - and quite a few of them today were SATA drives.
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 06:21 PM

Just to pop back in here... Looks like I'm going to end up with the 160G WD drive. It's really more than I need (my current 80G drive is only half full) and the sale I was looking at on the Seagate ended last Sunday.
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 08:37 PM

Get a 120gb and a 60gb. Use the 60gb to store a mirror image and partition the first 60\60. C: for OS, D: for data, the second drive is hidden as E: ( or Z: as I put one of mine) for the backup to make a mirror of C:. It case of primary hard drive failure you can reconstitute your system. It will run you another $30 but you might find it useful.
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