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Best/Most Reliable HDD Manufacturer?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by James, Mar 2, 2011.


What is, in your opinion, the best HDD manufacturer?

  1. Seagate

  2. IBM/Hitatchi

  3. Western Digital

  4. Fujitsu

  5. Maxtor

    0 vote(s)
  6. Samsung

  7. Other

  1. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I'm looking for a new internal HDD, preferably one that I can rely on. I'm using WD at the minute but its not all that great so I'm considering Seagate.

    Does anyone have any experiences with HDD manufacturers and could shed some light on what they feel is the best/most reliable one?
  2. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I've always had a bad time with IBM & Samsung hardrives packing up on me and tend to go for WD or Maxtor HDD. That said, I think it's probably down to the batch of hardrives you get that's in play here.
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Every Samsung I've ever owned has failed.

    Never buy anything but Seagate now, and have done for years.
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  4. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Samsung for value, speed, noise and reliability (I have an old 80GB Samsung IDE disk somewhere which still works after 8 years of use). Maxtor were also great back in the day (before Seagate took over).

    I would recommend avoiding Seagate - the early 7200.11 1.5TB disks they shipped have a stupidly high failure rate and I own one which has been on the brink of death for months. Can't honestly recommend a company after something like that happening. Unlike most of the advice you will hear in this thread which is just opinion based on personal bad/good luck (like my Samsung recommendation), this is actual fact.

    As for a specific drive, get the Samsung F3 1TB if you are looking for a fast, general purpose disk, or the Samsung F4 2TB for a slower storage/backup/archival disk. I own both and have no complaints.
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  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I pretty much expected this thread to go the way it has already :D

    My advice would be to avoid Samsung completely, personal experience of losing data means I would never buy any of their HDD products again.

    Good luck getting a consensus ;)
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  6. James

    James Well-Known Member

    I knew there'd be no direct result. As Shelley said, it all depends on the batch you get. It's not something you can judge off other peoples' experiences, unless there's a general disregard for product X.
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  7. Steve F

    Steve F Well-Known Member

    I have had 2 WD 1tb Black HDD fail in the past year on 2 different PC's. The 3rd one is on its way out I think but I have a Seagate 1tb sitting here ready for transplant.

    Really have no experience with anything other than Seagate and WD, but I think the WD 1TB's I have were a bad run because I heard great things about them beforehand.
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  8. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Maxtor or Samsung.

    The only WD drives I had that didnt fail on me were 1.0 raptors.
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  9. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    WD for SATA, Seagate for SAS.
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  10. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

    The answer is...

    None of them. Seriously, any of the major manufacturers produce some good quality devices and sometimes they produce crap. WD did it, Seagate did id, Maxtor did it - all of them did it.

    I understand that if you have some really bad luck with a certain series of drives, you'll most likely avoid the manufacturer in the future. For me, this is Maxtor - some bad luck years ago when 3 identical drives died in a row, within less than a week. Which gave me the pleasure to install Windows and all my stuff 4 times in that time period. The first one died so fast that I didn't even have time to make a disc image for faster recovery :) After reinstalling on the replaced drive, I postponed making the recovery stuff, because i thought another HD failure soon should be highly unlikely. My fault. It died 2 days later. The next replacement died while I finished installing Windows. Highly pissed, I decided to drop Maxtor and get a Seagate. Problem solved though I do know that there are many satisfied Maxtor customers and I simply had some very bad luck.

    I still have two 8GB IBM deskstar drives, built in 1998 which both ran for many, many years. Last time I checked, they are still fine though I do no longer use it, because 8GB is not really exciting storage capacity today.

    I do remember there was a major issue with one of the later IBM DeskStar series causing abnormally high failure rates which resulted in people referring to them as DeathStar :)
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  11. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Where is the Seagate camp? Oh there it is.

    *stands with the Seagate people*

    No matter what brand you get I recommend always having a fan directly on the hard drive. Many people underestimate the importance of good cooling for mechanical drives.
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  12. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Yup, That was the drives that packed up on me from IBM at the time although I was unaware at the time of these high failure rates. Like I said, It's down to the batch you get more often than not. And if your purchasing from the same retailer chances are if you have a dodgy HDD the chances are higher that batch they have purchased will be sold to customers.

    That's the theory anyway. Too many factors to consider to point on a manufacturer when it could be the group of people building a bad batch down to the retailer selling a bad batch.
  13. SilverCircle

    SilverCircle Well-Known Member

    Ok, found the story on wikipedia

    Well, wow. An average failure rate of 50% is indeed impressive and I can understand a lot of people were pissed. I just barely remembered the DeathStar thing but didn't know it was that bad. No wonder it hit you when it actually hit half of all drives.
  14. Anthony Parsons

    Anthony Parsons Well-Known Member

    I have 5 x WD 2TB in my NAS... silent for mechanical drives... which impressed me. Intel for SSD's...
  15. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    I've never had any issues with Western Digital. An external hard drive I bought from them back in 2005 still works great today.
  16. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    All the current drives branded under Maxtor are Seagates really.

    My personal choice of drives, in no particular order:

    • Seagate
    • Western Digital
    • Hitachi
    • Intel SSDs :)
  17. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    I'd go between Seagate and Western Digital, but seriously, hard drives can always fail for no apparent reason, so it's pretty much a lucky guess when purchasing one, IMO.
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  18. smsmasters

    smsmasters Active Member

    I have:

    150GB x 2 WD Velociraptors (still okay after 1 year)
    300GB Maxtor (failed after 5 years)
    160GB Samsung (failed after 2 years)
    500GB Samsung (still okay after 3 years)
    500GB Seagate (still okay after 2 years )
    500GB Hitachi (still okay after 4 years)
    2TB Hitachi (still okay after 1 year)
    2TB x 2 WD (still okay after 1 month)

    250GB WD USB2 (still okay after 5 years)
    160GB Toshiba USB2 (still okay after 3 months)
    500GB Hitachi USB2 (still okay after 1 year)

    Based on my own experience, I tend to choose Seagate, Hitachi or WD.
  19. ExpertPixels.com

    ExpertPixels.com Well-Known Member

    Segate for mine :) used them for years without any problems, had my main HDD (Segate) die a few weeks back but that ran 24/7 for about 2 years non-stop, currently on a WD drive now but well ive had had experiences with WD in the past so looking to move back to a Segate HDD shortly.
  20. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    I used Maxtor's for years, then when Seagate bought Maxtor in 2005, I figured there wasn't going to be a difference and I did like Seagate's warranty so I've gone with them.

    But if you've bought a Maxtor in the last 6 years, it was a Seagate brand. So those voting Maxtor should really be combined with Seagate.


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