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3/5 of the Seagate drives I have are dead or dying.

Go Samsung or WD.
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Are the Spinpoint F3 still a good buy? I am asking this because someone said that
when Samsung and Seagate united, Samsung's HDD won't be good anymore?
I plan to build a new system during July and I hope everything will be OK by then!
So what do u think?
    
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post #33 of 35
The merge will take a while, so yes they are still good.

And unless Seagate completely change the manufacturing methods, you're fine.

Infact, as long as you get anything thats an F4 or older (I think F4s were the latest model before the merge), including F3s, you are fine for now.
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Of the last 8 drives I've purchased, 4 have been WD, and the other 4 were Seagate. Of those sets, I RMA'd 3 in each due to my raid controller reporting their constant re-mapping of failed sectors (I happen to trust a $400 raid controller over a $50 drive). The replacement drives have had no such flaws and are still in service.

My prior experience working in the retail repair market tells me that unless there's a bad run of drives from the mfg, reliability is relatively good, and generally similar between mfgs.


My general opinion of storage devices is that they're good, but not trustworthy enough to run without redundancy.
 
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I would get some Samsung Spinpoint F3s before they're gone. They sold their HDD department to Seagate recently. Hitachi is good too. You'd better hurry and get those too since they sold their department to Western Digital. I expect no less from both companies. I expect the most from Seagate now for their next gen HDDs.
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