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Hey all, I am currently running a Samsung Spinpoint F1 1Tb as my storage drive. But the thing has began to get a tad sluggish and is making an awful sound upon initial spin up and when seeking through folders on the drive. I have a feeling it is on its way out(will try to RMA it as well)

Anyway, I am in the market for a new storage drive. 2-3Tb capacity. No preference on whether its 5400 or 7200rpm. I will only be using this drive to for documents and to store/play media.

I have looked through Fry's, MC, and TD and am not sure what to get. Western Digital or Seagate? Are there any reports as of late of bad batches for either manufacturer? Are the caviar greens going to be more reliable that the seagates?
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I have been using the WD red drives, pretty affordable for 3tb drives, plus they are build for RAID if you're into that type of thing. I had a seagate drive fail on me about a year ago and I lost a ton of data, but i'm sure that could also happen if you got a lemon WD.
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Yea, I looked at the red drives as well. For the purpose of this drive I will not be runnig any type of raid array. I was also looking to stay as close to $100 for a 2tb and so forth. Which is why I asked about the seagates.

Only thing that makes me think twice is I think seagate makes the drives for Samsung(right?) And I've read quite a few of things online of the WD greens being crap drives these days.

Also what is with these new western digital drives? The ones labeled as mainstream, etc. How do they differ? Are they worth looking at?
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I think those are the WD blues. Or a new variation of those. I used to have one of those, worked fine. They are the standard drive for everyday users. The greens are power saving, blacks are performance, reds are raid drives, and the blues are just mainstream. I would actually look into those

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post #5 of 8
I have a Seagate Barracuda 3 TB and I haven't had a problem with it.
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I'm guessing I might as well just flip a coin between the western digital mainstream drive and the Seagate?



EDIT: Also, do you guys think I have a better chance of getting either a better batch drive, or lower chance of "damaged in transit" units with retail kits compared to bare drives?
Edited by mwl5apv - 11/17/13 at 9:00am
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I'm guessing I might as well just flip a coin between the western digital mainstream drive and the Seagate?



EDIT: Also, do you guys think I have a better chance of getting either a better batch drive, or lower chance of "damaged in transit" units with retail kits compared to bare drives?

I don't really think so. Just looking at the reviews between the Seagate and WD Red's(server drives) it seems as though they have many more problems with DOA drives than the Seagates. I think you should probably just get a Seagate based on the reviews and the general price difference.

Other than the Red's it is a bit of a coin flip. From the reviews it seems that the for WD the main reliability issues are with the 3tb models.
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awesome, I guess Ill be going Seagate then. thanks for the help everyone who replied!
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