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I'm looking for a HDD to store multimedia on mostly. I plan on filling it right up smile.gif. I am looking for a good GB/$ ratio as I might want a few of these. The speed of the drives isn't really that important to me. I'd prefer a model that is not known to die quickly.


Seems like a good deal: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal-ST3000DM001/dp/B005T3GRLY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1374202403&sr=1-1&keywords=ST3000DM001

Not sure what to make of reviews for hard drives on the Internet, most hard drives have tons of negative reviews..

Can I do better?
Edited by Mr.N00bLaR - 7/18/13 at 8:26pm
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No I don't think you can do much better. I would just get that one. It performs decently and has an average of 4 stars for the reviews which is good. Unfortunately with hard drives there is always that slight chance of an early death, and most people who write reviews online are more so inclined to do so if they have a negative experience (like the drive dies) rather than talk about how well it works. But I think that is the best choice, and I would choose that Seagate over the WD Green/Red or the Toshiba DT01ACA300. On a semi related note I'm sad I didn't pick up some of the 4TB versions of that drive when Newegg had t hem on sale for $149.99 frown.gif
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I don't think you can do better either smile.gif That drive is a good one. The only other 3TB I'd choose as an alternative would be the Toshiba PH3300U-1I72, but it's $40+ more expensive and not really worth the price difference. The Seagate has some pretty positive reviews: storagereview, anandtech, flyingsuicide.net.
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I've been very happy with my 3tb red, stays nice and quiet and cool. Also comes with a 3 year warranty.
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its good.
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Very good drive, it's fast too thumb.gif.
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I have bought approximately 25-30 Storage HDD's over the last 3 years (1-4 TB). Only one has failed and it was a WD black that was running in a house with inadequate cooling (room temp was over 75-80F).

I think people are generally just don't leave good reviews for HDDs but DEFINITELY leave bad reviews because their data is important to them.

I always just buy the cheapest $/GB available.

I've had Hitachis, Samsungs, WDs, and Seagates. All were great!
Currently a mix of 10 seagate, wd, and samsung drives in my home server--oldest is about 4 years with no smart errors.

UPDATE::
I just clicked the link and saw this:
Instant Order Update for Wesley. You purchased this item on May 14, 2012. View this order.
Size: 3TB

I purchased two that day and neither one had/has an issue.
Edited by mrwesth - 7/19/13 at 12:34am
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