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Looking for a new HDD I'm stuck between the WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda which is best for silence and speed? Reliability isn't so much of an issue as I have a backup drive in my system if It fails.
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Looking for a new HDD I'm stuck between the WD Black and the Seagate Barracuda which is best for silence and speed? Reliability isn't so much of an issue as I have a backup drive in my system if It fails.
I'd personally go for the Barracuda just because it's cheaper and you won't notice much of a difference honestly. That's my opinion.
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My personal experience is I've had far better luck with WD than Seagate. I've owned four Seagates. Two died, one (an SSHD) was a disappointment (more because of my workflow than the drive itself), and one I salvaged from a dead netbook and gets light usage. Of the 16 WDs I've had, only one died; I still have and use the other 15.

Of course, there will be others who have had the opposite luck. Both brands have their occasional bad batches.

WD has better customer service than Seagate. Their warranties are frequently better, especially the five year warranty the Blacks and SEs sport. You have to decide whether better customer service when a HDD dies and the longer warranty are worth the extra cost.
     
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I have had failures from both brands. Go with the Seagate since it is cheaper
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Go with the WD BLUE EZEX. Its fast and silent. Don't waste your money on Blacks anymore.
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In my opinion, WD quality is not top anymore, I went Seagate a couple of years back and not a single problem to report, also all my builds for cliends and friends use Seagate spinners when mechanicals disks are needed.
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In my opinion, WD quality is not top anymore, I went Seagate a couple of years back and not a single problem to report, also all my builds for cliends and friends use Seagate spinners when mechanicals disks are needed.

It all comes down to preference actually. I'll never touch a Seagate anymore.

Before the 7200.11 fiasco, I was an all Seagate guy. But after that happened, I only trust WD. biggrin.gif
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Go with the WD BLUE EZEX. Its fast and silent. Don't waste your money on Blacks anymore.

Why not WD Black? How silent are the WD Blues?
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Why not WD Black? How silent are the WD Blues?

Because the current Blacks are slower and noiser than the Blues.

The EZEX Blues I'm running in my rig were more silent than my greens. They don't have that awful whine blacks have.

The only plus point blacks have over the blues is warranty and access times. I used to only use WD Blacks but when the EZEX came out, I haven't bought a single black.
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Why not WD Black? How silent are the WD Blues?
If you really want something silent you might wanna look into some SSD's rolleyes.gif.
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