Originally Posted by seriousjoker
Yours is a statement without any prove.
This is like saying every stock just raises or fails, every stock is the same, randomly pick one is fine, take your luck.
No it is not.
Google did a recent study and basically said failures do not depend on the manufacturer of a HDD so much as the SMART Parameters and the lack of some key parameters. With that being said, your post seems to indicate you already have formed a conclusion and will not accept an answer that does not validate that conclusion. Xeb is a well known name in the storage forurms of OCN and his opinion is a well formed one.
By all means buy WD if you feel Seagate is less reliable, but in my old position 75% of my job was dealing with failed HDDs and failed RAID Arrays and I replaced just as many Seagates as WDs. I had access to multiple documents regarding HDD MTBF Large Environments from both Seagate and WD, and they essentially validate Google's findings.
That being said, in my experience the one manufacturer that was the exception with regards to failures was Maxtor due to their buggy firmware and it's horrible handling of UREs and Various SMART Errors, specifically CRC and Seek.
Google on HDDs:
3.2 Manufacturers, Models, and Vintages
"In contrast to age-related results, we note that all results shown in the prest of the paper are NOT affected significantly by the population mix. None of our SMART data results change significantly when normalized by drive model. The only exception is seek error rate, which is dependent on one specific drive manufacturer, as we discuss in section 3.5.5."
3.5.5 - Miscellaneous Signals - Seek Errors
"When examining our population, we find that seek errors are widespread within one manufacturer only, while others are more conservative in showing this kind of errors. For one manufacturer, the trend in seek errors is not clear, changing from on vintage to another. For other manufacturers, there is no correlation between failure rates and seek errors."
The full whitepaper is available at:
EDIT: Im pretty sure a fridge can cool a Hard Drive