I don't know much about hard drive reliability, but from personal experience i've found Seagate drives to be good. I also like Western Digital. But the Maxtor we had was so loud. It seemed to run fine and ran for 5 years without a bit of trouble.
Anyway, just thought you guys could shed light on what is the best current make of drives. I understand it's likely subjective, but that's fine. Just want to get a handle on who's good and who's not.
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My choice of hard drive would have to be maxtor. i have had 2 of them. the first one was 10GB from an old gateway machine from like 6 yrs ago. just took a s|-|it on me last year. bought a 40 gig for like 50 bucks. and it runs great. i also have a old 20GB Wester Digital Hard drive that i use as a storage drive. that works great also.
Id like to get a raptor but there so damn expensive for a 74GB. like 180 bucks. (dont know for sure) ill stick with maxtor. u can get a 80GB sata for like 60 bucks on newegg. so ill stick with that.
Thanks, seems like there are a variety of answers, to be expected
On a somewhat related topic, what causes seek noise in hard drives? Considering there is no contact with head/platter, why is there a rattling sound? I never much minded a hard drive's seek noise, just don't understand why it's there.
Its the platters spinning, and the seak head moving back and forth, thats all. They do move quite vigorously across the platters, causing a bit of side to side force, causing the drive to shake slightly.
The noise you hear is mostly the transfer of the forces from the drive to the drive cage / PC case, where the metal of the case causes the rattle.
You can reduce this by getting a rubber HD mount, although I'm not sure if they would impede heat dissipation of the drive. (which can get quite hot)
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Ahem. Define "best." Do you want fast or quiet or reliable. Ideally you should have all three, but life doesn't work that way. The raptors are quiet... when not used lol... and are fast, but in multiples... the jury is out on the reliability. Some drives work better than others in striped raids. My favorite standalone single drives are Hitachis. The Maxtors are really quiet, but only the DiamondMax 10 16 MB cache models are really great. The WD Raid edition drives work well in raid 0 .. naturally... but try running them in standalone mode.. can you say sux? ... Seagate makes the most reliable scsi drives on earth. Just because they transferred the Barracuda name from scsi into sata don't mean jacks**t for the reliability of the sata models. You don't really see a Seagate Cheetah sata drive, do you?
I think I have the franchise on the WD Raptor lol.
My choice for best hard disks goes to Western Digital. I've been using WDC hard disks for years and have never really had any issues with them. Seagate hard disks are also pretty good. Some people have had luck with Maxtor, although I've had a couple of problems with them myself. I haven't used any Maxtor hard disks recently, however, so I cannot either recommend or condemn them. I think the best bet is to read some reviews on the disk you are interested in and stick to a name brand. Most hard disks these days are actually pretty reliable.
I've always been happy with WD and Maxtor. I've honestly never had a single problem with either and I've been using them for years. I can't say I've had any problems with them being loud, but I know some people want computers that are so silent you don't even know if it's on.
I've had WD IDE & SATA, but had problems with the IDE. A least 2 times I had to return the HD & get another one. Now with my Maxtor, no problems at all, and I feel that they perform a little better than WD.
If you want a nice HD then consider the Maxtor Maxline III line of HD's. They have a faster seek time of 9.0ms rather than 9.3ms + they are SATA 1 & 2 w/ 16MB buffer cache, but they are still all 7200 RPM
Someone asked what I wanted for "best". Well like you said, all 3 things. Quiet, speed, reliability. In order of importance, reliability, speed, quiet. However, the Maxtor drive I had was 5 years old with ball bearings (and the bearings were worn out, thus the horribly loud WHINE).
I'm pretty sure 95% of drives now use the new FDB technology, cannot BELIEVE how much quieter these drives are. Even seek noise isn't that bad now. The Seagate I got has a lower pitched rattle, compared to the slightely more annoying "tick".
On some other computer forums i've been on, people talk about hard drives like they fail left right and center. I have a hard time believing that it is the fault of the drives. I have a 10 year old 1.19GB WD Caviar that is STILL running daily for email and moderate internet. This thing has has been living on borrowed time for years, but still not a problem to speak of. In fact, we only have had one bad hard drive (I think a Maxtor) in our satellite reciever. It has some bad sectors or something, when it gets to that spot, it makes consistant clacking sounds and can't read the video.
Can't really say who is the best, I am kinda one sided here. I have had 4 80 gig WD SE's, 4 36 gig WD raptors, and now the SATA 2 250gig WD with 16m cache.
Have never had any issues with them. They are quiet, at least in my case, an Antec Sonata II, that mounts the drives in a carrier sideways, using the 4 mounting holes on the bottom of the drive, through a rubber grommet.
But I think any drive would be pretty quiet in that situation.
Seagate and WD (top of the line drives), are the only ones I know of now that have a 5 year warranty. The others only have a 1 year warranty, but very very few drives ever fail within the first year.
I used to give the nod to Western Digital for my builds, but I have had a recent WD disk failure and sounds like a second on the way based on the awful noises coming from my PC. Both of these are 7200RPM 120GB 8MB cache ATA models. As a possible mitigating factor, both drives were heavily abused by Kazaa when I was on my TV show downloading kick.
I have had great luck with Maxtor -- I have, all in service and running 24/7, 2 x 10GB ATA, 2 x 80GB ATA, and 2 x 300GB SATA now. None of them are particularly quiet though, which annoys me at times. But hey, the 10GB drives have got to be 7-8 yrs old by now, and well over 50,000 hours of service in pretty hostile conditions.
For my last drive purchase, I went with Seagate simply because they have gone to a five year warranty. If they're willing to deal with warranty claims for that long, I'm fairly confident their drives will outlast competitors with 1-3 year warranties. As an added bonus, the 7200.7 SATA drives seem to be very quiet.
I don't think it really matters though -- drives mostly don't ever fail so long as you have them in RAID 1 or 5 configuration and back up regularly. If you don't do either of the above, any brand seems to fail more or less immediately
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From what I gathered I thought hard drives failed with a bath tub curve? Like, most failures happen right away within the first year, or after the drive has gone past its useful life. I can't really say though, of the 9 hard drives we have owned over the last 10 years, we haven't had one single failure. Only brand I can't say much about is IBM/Hitachi (do have a Hitachi Travelstar laptop drive, but it's only about 4 months old). Next hard drive I would get is probably Western Digital, I just like the drives, but I like Seagate too.
I think one of the best brands in reilability is seagate, I have actually 1 of them 3 years old still working hard(Even though it was refurbished), but the hd that came with my old compaq (a western digital Caviar se I think) died one day without even one anoying sound (probbably logic board fault), I cannot say alot about maxtor I only been using them recently. I actually own HD of these 3 brands, 2 ide 5400rpm (One Maxtor Fireball 40gig I bought it already used, One Seagate Barracuda, refurbished) those 2 working in raid 0, no fails till these day, one WD caviar SE sata 7200rpm (no flaws although sometimes it gets hot and starts to malfuction, off corse corrected this problem with extra cooling) and I bought a new WD 74GIG raptor 10,000 rpm. I also have used a old WDC caviar (6gigs) 4200rpm very reliable through these days, and old maxtor diamond max (14 gig) (again flawlesly through these days), the only thing I can say is that one of my WD HD failed me, and the other puts heat problems, still Im hungry for performance so in these are WD rulez!, for reilability I chose Seagate, and for quiet samsung is the leader (I friend of mine has a samsung and I cant even hear it), about maxtor my experience with these is not enough to talk about them. still the ones that I had and have have worked flawlessly.
Just one thing to add: all maxtor Ive owned have been really loud, so maxtor is the king in loudness lol!