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Hello OCN.

As you sure can notice by the rig in my sig, I have the sadly famous Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 that had ALL the firmware messup and problems.

Lately I've been noticing my HDDs acting weird, randomly clicking and temporarily stopping, so I just went panic.


I wanted to change brand, but Samsung doesn't exactly seem the best option looking for performance (given that SSD have way too many problems atm vs a traditional HDD) and WD is filled with Green and Blue slow models.

This gives me the same option again: Seagate...


Is Seagate's last lining (7200,12) REALLY reliable? Any known problem, like the 7200,11s? Anything else I should be afraid before going Seagate again?
post #2 of 34
I'd just hunt around for a deal on a Samsung F3 1TB or WD Black 1TB. It's worth it. Check the online deals section every day for a week and you'll find your new drive.

Seagate has no huge glaring firmware issues this generation - but they're still regarded as the least reliable HDD manufacturer.
     
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post #3 of 34
didnt realize the 7200.11 had so many issues, maybe newer firmware fixed them?

I just wonder because i had 4x 1TB of them in RAID5 with no issues, and currently im running 4x 1.5TB 7200.11 in RAID5 and no issues with these as well

edit: but i am paranoid about data loss, in addition to the RAID5 i have 2 seperate external backups lol
Edited by Blindsay - 7/20/11 at 12:42am
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post #4 of 34
i have 4 500GB seagate 7200.12's (ST3500418AS) and they all work perfectly. ive had the oldest one for almost 2 years now
post #5 of 34
I am Using a ST3500418AS aswell, they are perfectly fine. Not as fast as other drives but they are still good for the money.
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post #6 of 34
i never used any other drive than those up until i got my SSD. if you delve into the WEI datastore the ST3500418AS actually pulls a score of 6.7 (windows only limits it to 5.9 because it isnt an SSD)
post #7 of 34
Western Digital has lot of drives as fast or faster than their Seagate counter parts. Samsung makes a lot of good drives as well, I mean if you seriously can't find a suitable replacement you don't know how to look.

SSD's are definitely ready for prime time and any enthusiast who can afford one should definitely be using one.
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post #8 of 34
if he's on a budget then the ST3500413AS might be a good call:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148701
$40, just be sure you have a cable and screws as its just a bare drive.
there are other $40 500GB drives out there, so the choice is up to you
post #9 of 34
i got a WD 1TB black for sale, PM if interested. also running 2x7200.12 in raid 0, for almost a year now with 0 problems. i also just a 1.5TB samsung F4 which is 5400RPM, i'm surprised how fast that thing is, 123MB/s seq. read/write.
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post #10 of 34
I also own two 7200.12 1TBs in RAID 0 for almost a year - not a single problem. Also own two 7200.12 160gbs in RAID 0 and another 1TB 7200.12 as well - and never had a single problem.

On the other hand, both my Western Digital drives were replaced because they used to randomly shut down and stop working for a few hours. Replaced them with Seagate Barracudas.
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