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Barracuda 7200.12 500GB ST500418AS is failing after 1 year!

Windows error message popped up first thing in the morning.

ran chkdsk, was fine.
seatool, reporting failure!
hd tune S.M.R.T showing 55 reallocated sectors in red showing failure

now theres updated verson with SATA3 available from both WD and Seagate.
What should I go with? here are the drives:
WD http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

Seagate
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701

EDIT: Are both of them single platter design?
Im backing up data as I post this and going to run out grab ASAP.
Fast recommendation would be much appreciated!
Edited by wannabe_modder - 7/31/11 at 7:24am
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sorry about your hdd. lucky you those have 5 yr warranty I think.

hope you recover your data.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rdr09;14402655 
sorry about your hdd. lucky you those have 5 yr warranty I think.

hope you recover your data.

thx. theres not much data to recover thankfully. its a 3 year warranty but i couldnt careless right now. Do you or anyone else recommend either or drives?
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Samsung F3 or Western Digital Caviar black are both great drives.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrappy;14402679 
Samsung F3 or Western Digital Caviar black are both great drives.

I meant of the 2 i listed redface.gif
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Personally go with the Seagate drive, yes WD is sometimes better, but the Blue drives aren't the best from what I've been hearing, plus, I've just been though the Seagate RMA process and was very pleased with the end result, from the time I sent the drive out to the time I got it back was 7 biz days, and had no problems with the process itself.

I'd order from NCIX.com since your in Canada already, most of the time they have free shipping, or much cheaper shipping the Newegg.ca does...

For only a few bucks more Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS 7200.12 @ $55.98 and even then, if you can find the drive anywhere on a Canadian site, you can price match it.
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Back up your data quickly. I had to RMA one myself. It's a bad controller flash. If you can get the updated file it should fix it.
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I'll go with the WD. Buy you might want to check out other WD. That shipping is kinda high.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FlAwLeSS_666;14403141 
Personally go with the Seagate drive, yes WD is sometimes better, but the Blue drives aren't the best from what I've been hearing, plus, I've just been though the Seagate RMA process and was very pleased with the end result, from the time I sent the drive out to the time I got it back was 7 biz days, and had no problems with the process itself.
It's widely acknowledged that even WD Blues are more reliable than Seagate drives. And WD's RMA process is stellar compared to Seagate's. (plus you get back a new drive rather than a refurb one - sometimes capacity upgraded)
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I'd order from NCIX.com since your in Canada already, most of the time they have free shipping, or much cheaper shipping the Newegg.ca does...
Very good advice.

Heh... that WD 500GB Blue was on sale for $34.99 at NCIX last week. I think there was a $5.99 shipping promo too - for the entire order.
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Originally Posted by FlAwLeSS_666;14403141 
For only a few bucks more Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST31000524AS 7200.12 @ $55.98 and even then, if you can find the drive anywhere on a Canadian site, you can price match it.
I'm leaning towards a WD 1TB Black. It's currently one of the most reliable drives out there.


I'd say the OP is lucky. Seagate drives often die overnight. Slow deaths with warning are more of a WD trademark. Every manufacturer has drives that fail, but how they fail can be very important. With Seagate it could be a firmware glitch or other error which nukes your data instantly and without warning...
     
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Hi guys here a little update:

I went and bought Seagate again. 39.99 at Canada Computers. Its a reputable source just like NCIX. I coulndt afford to have it shipped when I can grab the hard drive 10 min drive.

reinstalled OS and everythings good so far. ran Seatool, HDtune and seems like its good and performance is little better than old barracuda

cheers everyone for their input

on a side note, WD blue seemed thicker than Seagate. Possibly WD still using dual platter for their 500gb hdd
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