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How do you rate HD's by brand and type?

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#1 subtropical


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:19 PM

For years I have sworn by Seagate.
Now I'm starting swear at 'em.

They say "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Over many years this is my first bad Seagate drive...

New 500GB Momentus started showing errors after two weeks. Ran Seatools for dos every month for 3 months with new errors being found and fixed. 5th time I cussed a lot and sent it back.

How good are the "refurbished" drives they send back under warranty?

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:57 PM

Like with anything we buy today there is always the risk of getting a cracked egg in the egg carton.

Drives that pass inspection at the factory endure a lot of abuse during shipping, no matter how much foam peanuts they pack the boxes with.

When a box of drives is strewn about, those read/write heads inside those drives are bouncing about clashing into the platters left and right.

If you seen how those drives were handled during shipping, you would be amazed they even worked at all!

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 06:28 AM

All hard drives die eventually. Assume any hard drive you have will completely fail tomorrow, and plan accordingly.

Once errors start to show themselves, replace the hard drive ASAP. Waiting 3 months makes no sense.

This is the way I do it. Hard drive fails, buy another new one (if I am lucky I will have one on the shelf). Either use an image to clone the new drive, or do a reinstall depending on circumstances. Send in defective drive for RMA. When the refurb makes it back, either put it on Ebay or Craigslist. I don't trust refurbs.

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