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binar Sep 30, 2009, 01:02pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Fellow Forum Members,

The Hitachi Deskstar HD32000 2TB Internal Hard Drive is currently on sale over at NewEgg:

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBarga...6822145276

I'm thinking of buying one, but first I would like to check on this forum what the concensus is on which of the three hard drives manufacturers; Hitachi, Western Digital or Seagate is the best one in terms of having the best quality control and therefore selling the most relieable hard drives in the market? All three of these hard drive manufacturers are selling 2TB hard drives. But which manufacturer is the best one to go with? I am using Windows XP and I have a bunch of ripped movies I want to archive onto one of these hard drives. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.




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Bungle Sep 30, 2009, 01:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've never had a western digital drive die on me... But last night one of the Seagate 1TB 7200.11 drives in a RAID 1 array in my file server bit the big one (after less than a year).

I think I'm going to stick with WD from now on.

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Sep 30, 2009, 01:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Are we voting? Western Digital for me, although I do sometimes buy Seagate drives. Hitachi I pass on.

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"best" HDD manufacturer is a subjective thing that depends on personal experience more than anything else.

For me Western Digital drives have always been the best. I am still running 4 drives from 6-7 years back and none have ever failed or even corrupted the data.

Seagate used to be pretty good because their motors were quiet but after aquiring maxtor not long ago, their products took a blow on reliability.

I've never used Fujitsu but a friend of mine is their big fan even though he ad 3 drives fail on him for various reasons.

So the bottom line - get a 2TB drive from WD or don't get one at all :)

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TamTheBam Sep 30, 2009, 01:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've always had Western Digital drives bar 1 which was Maxtor and that was replaced
3 fookin times! Western Digital on the other hand, I've experienced NO PROBLEMS AT ALL.
EVER! I swear by WD easily.

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Liquid Shadow Sep 30, 2009, 01:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Definitely WD for me (have 3 WD drives in my desktop currently), although I don't mind Hitachi either.



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G. G. Sep 30, 2009, 02:17pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Through the years.....

In the begining I always had MAXTOR...... all have been great and no issues....
MAXTOR gone by the waste side......

Then, I started using WD. My first two WD 120mb... after about a year... I called WD to replace them due to bearing noise.... Service was great... no issue with support.

I also have purchased Seagates during this time.... so far no issues...

Currently... i have WD Black Editions.... Both no issues.....

I just purchased a Seagate for my laptop..... havent installed it yet.... hopefully it will be ok in the long run...

I guess... what it has to come down with is.... go with what you are comfortable... probably when it comes to quality.... they all may be the same. kinda a hit and miss thing... We just pray that we dont buy the one that missed the quality check... lol


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Michael C Sep 30, 2009, 03:21pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I've normally always used WD and they've treated me well but I'm really loving this Samsung F1 also, it's a tie for me so far.

Rommel Sep 30, 2009, 03:30pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i have had seagate and maxtor both fail after a few years. i have went back to wd only. there new drives are suppose to be rock solid. i have 2 caviar black in raid 0. they are always more expesnive though.

binar Sep 30, 2009, 07:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks to all who have posted their opinion on this thread. I think I will wait around till I can get a 2TB Western Digital for around $140. My guess is that by May of next year this $140 target will be hit.

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by may next year? you gonna have WD OVER9000!!! TB eSATAIII/USB3 drives

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Chris M Oct 01, 2009, 07:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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My company uses all three manufacturers. I can't say any of the three have given us significant problems. Sure you'll lose a drive once in awhile but that's the nature of the beast. I say pick the one that fits your price range. Also, your drives will last a lot longer when you keep your case adequately ventilated and dusted. And remember, just because you may have picked a drive from the "best" of the manufacturers doesn't give you an excuse not to back up your data.

Just my .02.

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~Vel Oct 01, 2009, 08:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have both a Seagate and a WD that I purchased around the same time. I've heard good reliability about WD and almost about the same from Seagate. Seagate also tends to have longer warranties than WD. I usually see WD give out 1-3 years whereas Seagate will go 5.

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Fellow Forum Members,
Thanks to all for their post. Moreover, I would like to throw out to all of the hard drive manufacturers an observation I have that is aimed at making them feel ashame of where their hard drive technology is currently at.

Some 4,000 years ago the ancient Egyptians using chisels, hammers, papyrus, etc... recorded data that has lasted to this date. In contrast, here we are in the 21st century, with data processing capabilities that boggle the mind, and yet we have no way to reliably store our data to pass on to future generations in the far future. If I am not mistaken, the longest lasting media we have is a DVD which if properly archived is designed to last a maximum of 30 years. For anything longer than 30 years, the only other option is RAID technology. Of course this option requires a lot of maintenance since hard drives are designed to fail sooner or later.

When will all the hard drive manufacturers realize that what we need is not faster hard drives, and higher capacity hard drives. What we need is a hard drive or a new form of storage technology that is designed to last for thousands of years and that is accessable to the common man.

Do all the hard drive manufacturers actually expect all of mankind's knowledge to pass on to future generations using RAID technology? I honestly think mankind is setting itself up for a new "Dark Ages" in the far future if hard drive manufacuters do not develop a new storage technology soon that is designed to last for thousands of years.

Any opinions welcomed.




Adam Kolak Oct 01, 2009, 11:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I might be a little late now that you changed the topic of your thread a bit, but my vote goes to Western Digital. In my experience they are the fastest, quietest, and longest lasting hard drives on the market. Most of the computers I've used with Maxtors have had a clicking noise I didn't like (Western Digital hard drives have a more muffled sound in comparison). Seagate would be my second choice behind WD, though I have doubts about their reliability. Whatever you buy just be glad Quantum is no longer making hard drives. I don't think I've ever seen or heard of a Quantum that didn't fail.

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Gerritt Oct 02, 2009, 01:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Best of Three Hard Drive Manufacturers?
Both Hitachi and Seagate have OEM'd drives for IBM desktops and servers.
In the server and RAID enclosures the IBM products had less than 1%/yr failure rate, even after some had been in use for over a decade, this is over thousands of drives.
Unfortunately they didn't do as well in the desktop environment, it may have to due with the power cycles and the strain of spinning the platters up, but there was over a 10%/yr failure rate even though the service life do to the limitted capacities is limitted to 3-5 years prior to replacement.
In the early days of IDE drives I had some issues with 40-120MB Western Digital drives, but since the multiple Gigabyte drives ahve come into use, I've found WD to be very reliable in a desktop environment. However you have to keep in mind that the fastest drives also have the highest failure rate...kind of like any other mechanical device.

Insofar as the 4000 year old data; you've stated it out of context. The total amount of data that has survived in the ORIGINAL FORMAT is miniscule. The totality of information in its original encoding and media would probably fit on a couple of floppy diskettes. The data has endured through multiple encodings (languages), across multiple media (papyrus, vellum, paper, photographs, paper tape, punch cards, magnetic tape, floppy disk (8',5.25',3.5"), HDD, CD, DVD, and whatever comes next). What I'm getting at is that the vast majority of the original clay tablets are gone, but that data that someone felt should be propigated has been transfered to a newer encoding as well as media. In the future, someone will probably ruminate about those primative folks that used a mechanical process to store data, and have a chuckle or two about it.

Just my take.
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LEntless Oct 02, 2009, 03:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hmm...I might be biased, but in my experience of owning WD hard drives, none have gone out.

6 drives are currently in use. 2 of them are two years old. One is roughly 1 year old. The other 3 are 3-5 years old....maybe more?

2 blew up due to a PSU failure- blew out every other part as well.

I know other people who use them as well, still running strong.

I had a seagate drive that came with my Dell PC (Dimension 8200), and it quit after 3 years, I believe.

If a hard drive lasts more than 5 years, they must be solid.

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LOL ... remember the bigfoots Adam K

Gerritt Oct 02, 2009, 10:34pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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@Rommel,
I remember the Quantum Bigfoot! In my nightmares!

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Bradley Allen Oct 13, 2013, 11:31am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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binar said:
Fellow Forum Members,

The Hitachi Deskstar HD32000 2TB Internal Hard Drive is currently on sale over at NewEgg:

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBarga...6822145276

I'm thinking of buying one, but first I would like to check on this forum what the concensus is on which of the three hard drives manufacturers; Hitachi, Western Digital or Seagate is the best one in terms of having the best quality control and therefore selling the most relieable hard drives in the market? All three of these hard drive manufacturers are selling 2TB hard drives. But which manufacturer is the best one to go with? I am using Windows XP and I have a bunch of ripped movies I want to archive onto one of these hard drives. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



These are by far the WORSE drives to get. They are tagged "DEATHSTAR" by those in the industry. Don't waste your money. I have a seagate 2 tera byte drive that the motor froze in and a barracuda at that which were supposed to be quite good. I have not had it quite a year, but warranty is up on Nov 24. It will not start up at all. It will cost me $349 to recover the data and I will also get a new drive. This was in a go-flex unit.

Bradley Allen Oct 13, 2013, 11:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Bradley Allen said:
binar said: [quote]Fellow Forum Members,

The Hitachi Deskstar HD32000 2TB Internal Hard Drive is currently on sale over at NewEgg:

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBarga...6822145276

I'm thinking of buying one, but first I would like to check on this forum what the concensus is on which of the three hard drives manufacturers; Hitachi, Western Digital or Seagate is the best one in terms of having the best quality control and therefore selling the most relieable hard drives in the market? All three of these hard drive manufacturers are selling 2TB hard drives. But which manufacturer is the best one to go with? I am using Windows XP and I have a bunch of ripped movies I want to archive onto one of these hard drives. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


I would go with western digital.
These are by far the WORSE drives to get. They are tagged "DEATHSTAR" by those in the industry. Don't waste your money. I have a seagate 2 tera byte drive that the motor froze in and a barracuda at that which were supposed to be quite good. I have not had it quite a year, but warranty is up on Nov 24. It will not start up at all. It will cost me $349 to recover the data and I will also get a new drive. This was in a go-flex unit.



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