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WD Caviar Green 2 TB (WD20EARX) vs Seagate Barracuda 2 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (ST2000DM001)

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I am getting both the drives with 2 years warranty and both have the same price.
The ST2000DM001 is a 7200 RPM drive where as the WD20EARX is a 5400RPM drive.

I want a drive that is reliable and will last longer. 2TB of data loss will be a bummer frown.gif
Also, I will not be using these drives for Operating System installation.

Thanks in advance.
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So you're asking which one is better quality? Western Digital is known as generally more reliable, but it's not like either company is known to be of poor quality. As long as you don't need the extra speed that the Seagate drive provides, get the WD for a longer lasting drive.
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So you're asking which one is better quality? Western Digital is known as generally more reliable, but it's not like either company is known to be of poor quality. As long as you don't need the extra speed that the Seagate drive provides, get the WD for a longer lasting drive.

Well I am inclined towards Seagate but even though I am getting a 2 year warranty the company has reduced the warrnaty to 1 year on all barracuda drives (I stand corrected on this), which kinda scares me a little.

Thanks for your reply though I am hoping to receive a few more feedbacks...
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If you're worried about 2TB of data, then do the smart thing and buy 2 of whatever drive, and make a RAID1.
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If you're worried about 2TB of data, then do the smart thing and buy 2 of whatever drive, and make a RAID1.
Yup.
I move all my most important/ never want to find again files on an external. I unplug it when I'm not using it that way it's safe and sound.
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If you're worried about 2TB of data, then do the smart thing and buy 2 of whatever drive, and make a RAID1.
Yup.
I move all my most important/ never want to find again files on an external. I unplug it when I'm not using it that way it's safe and sound.

My motto is, the data doesn't exist unless it exists in 3 places at once. Externals can fail. If anything they're more likely to fail than internals due to being moved around so often.

I have 3x 2TB drives in my server as is. RAID1 (2x2TB) and the other is a backup of the RAID1. I'm paranoid about data though, so whatever. I would still say a minimum of a RAID1 would be advisable though, if you don't want to lose your 2TB of storage. 2TB drives aren't too expensive these days on sale.
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I plan to get a backup drive once I can accumulate enough cash. I am a freelancer and the money's coming out of my pocket so for now I just want a good reliable drive.
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My motto is, the data doesn't exist unless it exists in 3 places at once. Externals can fail. If anything they're more likely to fail than internals due to being moved around so often.
I have 3x 2TB drives in my server as is. RAID1 (2x2TB) and the other is a backup of the RAID1. I'm paranoid about data though, so whatever. I would still say a minimum of a RAID1 would be advisable though, if you don't want to lose your 2TB of storage. 2TB drives aren't too expensive these days on sale.
The problem is those drives are still very expensive here in India. I tried if amazon will ship any drives but none. I also tried out ebay its 1 thousand dollar less (20$) but since I have a bad experience with ebay I try to stick to amazon and flipkart.
post #9 of 20
Cheapest 2TB drive I can find right now is the WD Green EARX drive at $99 shipped:
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Green-Intellipower-Desktop/dp/B004VFJ9MK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348652233&sr=8-1&keywords=2tb

I have one of those in my aforementioned file server (the other two are 2TB WD EARS). It's a solid drive, but I would recommend getting two at the same time for RAID1 if you don't want the risk of losing your data. Better safe than sorry with that much data.

EDIT:
Didn't realize you were in India, so bad link is bad apparently. doh.gif

Still though, I won't personally trust just ONE drive to hold 2TB of data. I'd feel much MUCH safer with it in a RAID1, possibly even with an external backup of the RAID1.
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post #10 of 20
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As I said I can't get the second drive not atleast this month or the next for that matter. I think I will be going with the WD for now if it is slow then I will get the Seagate one and use this one as a backup drive.

Even though the link isn't useful I appreciate your effort. thumb.gif
Thanks anyways smile.gif
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