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Old 03-30-2008   #21
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Yep, you're stuffed mate. Back up now ! .
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Damn........ I've just replaced my 6yr old Seagate with a WD. I get the impression that I should be backing up on a daily basis for the foreseeable future.
Nah, you have about 9~12 months before catastrophic disk failure.
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Ah well..... it's only for the C drive anyhow; always keep my data on another disk.
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Have a WD in my main one. Its about 6yrs old. No problems. Alo have Maxtor and Segates. Again no hd problems. Friend had 2 Maxtors die on his within 3 months.
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I think that's a fair point Monterey Jack. There are probably horror stories around all brands if one looks hard enough. Just remember to backup, and backup often.
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Well, guess what? I'm now getting random freezes.......... the 'box' clicks loudly and then everything stops dead! Guess they don't make 'em like they used to..............
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I've used a wide variety of HDD's (although limited experience on SCSI Drives). I've not really had any problems WD drives, I do however steer clear of Seagate and Fujitsu (sp?) as I've had several die on me in a short amount of time.

I think the 2 main issues with HDD's is the spin speed (10,000 - 7200 - 5400 etc...) the faster they are the less stable they seem to be and also how they have been treated (not only during installation, but also how they were stored / shipped with the reseller).

Although modern HDD's claim to have vibration protection, Modern cases (being lighter) will allow more vibrations to affect the internal components. I have noticed this since I swapped a very solid steel full tower for an aluminum full tower I noticed far more vibrations running through the case (saying that the empty steel case weighed far more that the aluminum case with 4 HDD's and 2 optical drives).

Also don't forget external HDD's seem to be even less reliable than internal ones.

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It's amazing that every time the subject of hard drives comes up, people trot out their favorite brands, and everyone seems to disagree on which are the best.
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It's amazing that every time the subject of hard drives comes up, people trot out their favorite brands, and everyone seems to disagree on which are the best.
It's not that amazing. Change the topic to cars, cameras, computers, guns, whatever, and you'll get the same thing.
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I'm about to buy 4 x Samsung 1TB drives (Samsung Spinpoint F1 HDDs: New Winners? | Tom's Hardware). They seem pretty good value, but I'll be interested in anyone else's experience of them.


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