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#31 jjkusaf

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:49

B&H had a deal the other on the WD 3TB Red drive which put the price right in line with the Green and Seagates line.($135). If you can find a deal like that...it is pretty much a no brainer (longer warranty .. 3 yrs vs. 2 of the greens and Seagates).

Really, it doesn't matter which brand of 3TB you buy for the purpose you are wanting them for. I have a mix of WD (Red/Green and a Black in the desktop) and Seagates. Future expansion in my HTPC and NAS will be Reds (they run cooler and longer warranty)....but I've never had a hard drive fail on me (aside from a WD Scorpio notebook drive).

....it doesn't matter. Just pick a 3TB that falls within in your price and warranty range.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 14:58

You should also consider an off-site back up. If your PC/NAS/Ext.HDDs are all in one place (e.g. your house or apartment) and a fire happens or you're robbed you'd lose everything in one hit.

What, you mean save it on the cloud?

#33 compl3x

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:23

What, you mean save it on the cloud?


That is one possibility. I think sites like Carbonite and Crash Plan have unlimited plans that are pretty cheap. ((Crash plan, 1 computer, 1 yr, unlimited, $69.30 AUD)) - If you have a lot of stuff to back-up, it might take awhile at first but after that it is just a matter of letting the software sync the new stuff with the cloud.

Or put an Ext. HDD with your most important things at another location. (E.g. parents house, siblings house, safe deposit box etc.)

#34 Nehemoth

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:35

I have that disk, I don't like it at all.
Been using WD Black series from a long time an are amazing, didn't like the green series though, actually I hate it as I hate that Seagate disk.

I know WD Black series are more expensive but you don't want those scary sounds that make my seagate drive. If you go to newegg you will see a very highly rate of failure of those disk.

I'm saving for a NAS and some WD red series disks.

Good luck

#35 _dandy_

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 20:52

Seagate is not to blame. I had many WD drives die on me. It's a fact of life. Every drive will die, just a matter of time.


Sure, every drive dies, but what I'm saying is that I've had unusually high failure rates with Seagate. The only reason I've ever gotten rid of any WD drive is because it was getting too old and too small stay useful--not because it started developing defects.

#36 Mindovermaster

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 20:59

Still, stop using it because it is too full is not a good practice. In that sense, you could get rid of your old seagate drives as well, because they're too old and have too much stuff on them...

#37 GreenMartian

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 21:37

Both Seagate & WD have had their ups and downs.
It is known that some of their models have a higher failure rate than others. You can't just lump everything from one brand in one heap.

I try not to buy anything released too recently, without other people trying them out first :p

#38 Mindovermaster

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 22:03

Most of the stuff I buy are the cheaper WD's, that have been out for awhile.

#39 xendrome

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 22:12

Most reliable mechanical HDD from major brands in my opinion and experience.. get the Western Digital RE 3TB http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822236354

#40 _dandy_

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 19:58

Still, stop using it because it is too full is not a good practice.


I'm going to assume this is in reply to what I wrote, seeing as it immediately followed my post.

In that case--this is twisting my words. I wasn't suggesting anyone get rid of a drive that's getting "too full". I wrote:

> getting too old and too small to stay useful

...which has completely different implications than being "too full".

I wouldn't get rid of a 4TB drive that's getting "too full".

I do, however, still have an 8GB hard drive somewhere in a drawer. That's the sort of thing I meant by "too small to stay useful". It's not worth putting in a new system, or even offering it for free to someone looking for extra disk space.

Put into this context, your comment doesn't make much sense to me.

Speaking of which, I really need to find someone who'll take that drive (and another other small pile) for recycling.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 02:46

nevermind

#42 Andre S.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 20:13

Regardless of brand, you should always consider your hard drive as something likely to fail immediately and catastrophically. The only way you can get some peace of mind regarding your data is to make backups on other drives located somewhere else, i.e. external drives that you leave unplugged when you're not using them, or cloud storage.

That said, as pure storage drives, I'm partial to WD Greens. They have excellent noise and vibration characteristics and are among the most affordable. It's probably what I'll end up getting for my next computer.