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Greg Coates
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« on: February 28, 2012, 03:16:43 PM »

I'm noticing terrible reviews on Newegg for the Seagate hard drives that have been my go-to choice for years.  What brands are you folks using these days?  How are they holding up?

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012, 02:24:37 PM »

I've used Seagate w/o problems for years. But one or two people is not a good enough sample size. You should have a look at they have comprehensive reviews and user-contributed reliability databses for different drives. I don't see a lot of data for the seagates there, and the data hasn't been updated recently. They do say in reviews:

Low Power - Thankfully for consumers the green drive space has three very solid entries that when on sale, are all valid choices. However, we have favorites - for always-on applications like home servers, the Seagate Barracuda LP is a nice choice due to its lowest in class idle power consumption and the Western Digital Caviar Green earns a nod for high reliability. The fifth generation Caviar Green, which come in 2.5TB and 3TB capacities, while if you want to take the step up to a 4TB drive, look at the new 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000.

If you can find any concrete data, I'd be interested to see. Apparantly Google did a big reliability study a few years ago, but didn't release the data.
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