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on a personal note......wd rma is excellent......use credit card and do advanced rma(you'll only get charged if you don't ship your old drive)....they ship you your new drive first....once it arrives, stick you old drive in that same box, print the pre-paid ups label from your rma email and ship it out.......every drive i ever rma'd was replaced with a better one......not too long ago i rma'd 4 640GB blacks and i got 4 1TB blacks in return
    
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I backup my Steam games on a 100Gb Maxtor that came out when the fastest CPU was the P4. Jeeze I wasted SO much of my life playing Empire Earth...those were the days...no worries. $4.3 is a pretty amount of coin, I would laugh my butt off if Seagate or Western Digital tried to buy the other off sometime in the future.
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I backup my Steam games on a 100Gb Maxtor that came out when the fastest CPU was the P4. Jeeze I wasted SO much of my life playing Empire Earth...those were the days...no worries. $4.3 is a pretty amount of coin, I would laugh my butt off if Seagate or Western Digital tried to buy the other off sometime in the future.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Weste...s-170316.shtml

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LoL

That just made my morning
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/sigh WD AAKS drives = pure win. Nuff said. Also WD is the FIRST HD company to make the "advanced format" drives. That says something... They had the balls to do it before anyone else would step up to the plate.
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Seagate is absolute garbage as far as reliability is concerned. As long as WD doesn't take any cues from them, they'll be in good order.
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Anyway, I honestly don't care about fail rates I only care about performance and support. If you don't back up your stuff, it's your fault HDD failure is regardless of brands so there's really no point in arguing between 1-2% difference between brands in these surveys.
The difference is far more significant than 1-2% over the long term.

I have backups. It's still annoying when drives crap out.

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funny. anyways, this could be a good move. didn't Hitachi fix their reputation about the whole Deathstar thing though?
The Deathstar fiasco was due to IBM's poor handling of a single defective model. Hitachi never built Deathstars, as they didn't buy IBMs hard drive division till several models later.
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Out of the 100+ hard drives I've owned in the last 15 years, I still have at least one from each major brand that still works fine despite being at least 10 years old.

In my experience, Samsung and Hitachi have failed the least, WD is somewhere in the middle, and Seagate is the worst (I've also owned the most Seagate drives of all).

However, even my sample of 100+ drives is too small to get a really good idea of broader trends regarding failure rates. You'd really need hundreds of examples of each brand to come to any firm conclusions.
Exactly, everyone's experience is different depending on their luck at the time of failure. I just find it disturbing how many people base their experience on whether a hdd brand is good or bad based on a handful of failures.

Too bad Google didn't call out which brands had the highest rate of failure with their study 3 years ago.

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http://translate.google.com/translat...Ftid%3D4023114

- Maxtor 1.04% (previous 1.73%)
- Western Digital 1.45% (previous 0.99%)
- Seagate 2.13% (last 2.58%)
- Samsung 2.47% (previous 1.93%)
- 3.39% Hitachi (last 0.92%)

That report is based on France's market during that period of time (6-months) (I can read without Google translate) therefore it's highly irrelevant regarding long term failure rates. It merely provides a percentage number but shows no details on how it arrived at those numbers.

You need to try harder than that.

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i've had 2 WD drives that died within 30 days from the shop. on the other hand the 2 Seagate drives i've bought have never had issues.

funny. anyways, this could be a good move. didn't Hitachi fix their reputation about the whole Deathstar thing though?
"Deathstar" has nothing to do with Hitachi, it was a IBM issue over a decade ago. IBM gave up on their hdd sector which gave rise to companies like WD and Seagate, IBM finally sold off their failing hdd biz to Hitachi in 2002.
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Personally, I'll never deal with WD again. Bought a refurb'd HDD from them on newegg for my little brother, was DOA, and they [WD] wanted us to pay shipping to get it to them to get it fixed / replaced.

Called the egg back up and they accepted a full return, and we turned around and bought a seagate HDD.

So, as long as WD doesn't buy out Seagate, I'll be alright.
Really? You bought a refurbed hard drive and that is the reason you give up on a company???? Wow, why would anyone buy a refurb hard drive....

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What evidence do you have that proves Hitachi is inferior? The "Deathstar" incident over a decade ago? Hitachi hdd tech is based off IBM, IBM was the pioneer in HDD technology, everyone else just followed along. I have more faith in a company who are the pioneers in hdd manufacturing than any other company that came after.

I deploy 100s of hdds in a server environment annually, amongst the lowest failure rates are Hitachis. The highest are Western Digital.

If your experience is based off a handful of hdds then your experience with hdds is pretty much moot, that statement probably holds true to 90% of the members on this board, because you have no experience in dealing with hdds in volume therefore you have no credible statistical figure, just a emotional figure.

I find it interesting how a few individuals base their measly experience of 1 or 2 drives go online and rant about a brand because their luck with that particular brand didn't last all of eternity.
Really WD in servers? i have been working on EMC storage and Dell servers for about 6 yrs and only on the very lowest end servers with the slowest server drives: SATA, have i seen WD. From what i've seen over the years, I've seen almost all FC drives have been Seagate and Hitachi. And both have their issues. Not to mention, there is a huge difference between Enterprise drives and consumer drives.
I personally on the consumer drive side had 2 Seagates fail on me last year alone... one was a 1TB 7200.12 and the other was a 1.5TB 5900rpm "green" drive....
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Western Hitachi
Hitachi Digital ?
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