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I need to buy a new HDD in a bad way. I've been shrugging it off for a couple months now, trying to slowly digest information and learn everything, justify the price of some models for their reliability over the value of other models, etc...

I'm not going to make up my mind any time soon, so I'm going to lay out my basic requirements and see what you guys recommend. Finding all of this obscure crap about production dates, model numbers and factory locations isn't doing anything but delaying my purchase.

1: Buying from Amazon or Newegg because I have 2-day shipping with both, unless someone knows a really good deal elsewhere which I haven't noticed at this time.

2: 2 or 3 TB, 64mb cache, 7200 rpm. It's most likely going to end up holding a bunch of games, or a bunch of random crap, I haven't decided which yet.

3: Fairly reliable in less than optimal conditions. I don't use heat, AC or humidity control in my house (Why? Well, look, that's a big, pointless off-topic discussion. Suffice to say I haven't caught so much as a sniffle in the 3 years since I started this.) so the HDD will have to be able to tolerate those conditions amicably. I've got plenty of fans in my case and leave everything running in situations where I could expect either condensation or freezing, so we're not talking about something capable of surviving being dropped from the upper atmosphere to the surface of Antarctica or anything. Just preferably something not made out of starch. I've had 2 WD Caviars in this period and they both are performing impeccably, but I have no experience with putting Seagates in a room with no environment control. Please don't hesitate to recommend them if you do, and they have shown no issue, and you feel they are appropriate.

The drive with the most recommendations by sunday evening will be bought without hesitation.
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Based on the info you gave I would suggest staying with the WD Caviar's and moving to the 2-4TB Blacks. Their prices have finally come down since the flood. I have two 2TB pre-flood WD Blacks running strong in my sig-rig. One drive is used for Music and the other for video and I love them. I am not saying you would not get the same experience from a Seagate or Hitachi but you have experience with WD and it seems to have been good, might as well continue down that path. Plus the Blacks come with a 5 year warranty, its a nice piece of mind.
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Everyone trusts Western Digital. I've had lots of WD drives and no problems. Things are changing though, I'm not sure who's the best really. Honestly, I'm not the kind of guy who cares about quality of hard drives. If it hits your marks man, go for it. I'd go WD black or Samsung Spinpoint or whatever everyone around here loves. Those WD Red/green drives look interesting too.

There's always great deals for drives on Newegg all the time. I'm sure you could spot one in your range. Good luck.
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I dont own this HDD but I know a few people who bought one and when I was looking around for a mass storage HDD several friends recommended WD Caviar Black 2TB. Seems to meet your requirements of 7200 RPM with 64MB Cache and its SATA 6.0Gb/s.

Edit:
Looks like Amazon has it about $9 cheaper HERE

Edit 2: I have never purchased anything from NCIX but I see a lot of people on this site recommend them. Its $6 cheaper than on Amazon and $15 cheaper than Newegg. However I could not tell you what there service is like or if they have a good RMA process. If your interested its HERE
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post #5 of 17

honestly, it doesn't really matter with the current gen drives - there are no lemons around (avoid Seagate .11 drives mainly as they had some serious issues, but they're slowly disappearing from retail) and real-world performance is pretty much identical across the board when you compare drives at the same spindle speed & application type.  Whether a drive lasts well under whatever conditions you throw at it is more luck of the draw than it is down to any specific drive choice really.

 

Get whatever you can get the best deal on at the time you click 'buy'.

post #6 of 17
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3 votes for WD blacks, which I already own one, and 1 for a Seagate 3tb by the_beast, with his general information that I should probably go with the best deal and not nitpick it.
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I have approximately 45 Seagates and WD's in an industrial environment. In the past five years two Seagates have gone kaput and three WD's. Both companies have excellent customer service and turnaround time to get a new drive back.

As someone mentioned above get whatever is less expensive at time of purchase.
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I have approximately 45 Seagates and WD's in an industrial environment. In the past five years two Seagates have gone kaput and three WD's. Both companies have excellent customer service and turnaround time to get a new drive back.

As someone mentioned above get whatever is less expensive at time of purchase.

Possibly the best information I've obtained yet. I've seen plenty of people claim to have banks of 50-100 drives, but they all say they either have one brand or the other because they hate so-and-so. This is pretty much a direct comparison of how the drives perform under identical circumstances. Thank you.
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post #9 of 17

I (indirectly) look after somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 drives of various brands (although almost all are enterprise rather than consumer) - the failure rates on them all are pretty similar... :)

post #10 of 17
Back in mid-2011, a French retailer posted RMA statistics by brand. For hard drives, Western Digital had 1.5% of its products RMA'd, Samsung (now owned by Seagate) at 1.8%, Seagate at 2% and Hitatchi at 3.1%. The difference between brands is almost negligible.

For what it's worth, the only drives I have not had problems with over the years have been WD Blacks and non-7200.11 model Seagates. I just replaced my 1.5TB WD Black with two 3TB 7200.14 Seagates and I am loving them (very quiet and cool running).
 
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