The Lounge is rated Safe For Work. If you're about to post something inappropriate for a shared office environment, then don't post it. No ads, no abuse, and no programming questions. Trolling, (political, climate, religious or whatever) will result in your account being removed.
Over the past 16 years plus, I have used Western Digital HDDs extensively and found them very reliable. Not so much HDDs from other manufacturers. So I swear by WD products. On their "Black" series they give you a 5 year warranty, but I also used their "Blue" and "Green" series with perfect results.
Last time I came into possession of some Seagate drives a few years ago was when someone gave me a machine that was headed for the trash heap. It had a pair of dead Seagates set up in a RAID configuration. One of them was still under warranty and I managed to get it replaced. I only bothered because it cost me nothing to send it back. In the end, even the replacement died after a few months.
Not that my mind hadn't been set already--I stopped buying anything with Seagate's name on it over a decade ago. This particular experience did nothing to convince me it may be time to take another look at them.
In contrast, I've purchased (for myself) over 50 hard drives in my lifetime. Of this bunch, all of the Western Digital ones (70% of them?) were still working by the time I stopped using them, because they just became too small to be practical. Of the Seagates I've owned (20% or so)...all of them have died.
If "that's just me", then I must have the worst luck possible with Seagate hard drives. The law of averages however makes me wonder how they can possibly still be in business.
Seagate HDD's have been working perfectly for me for years. It's been my go to drive since they took over (Ithink) from Maxtor's/.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
I go WD, too - I still remember (some years ago) Seagate's defective 1TB drives which they actually denied for roughly a year and then finally admitted there was a problem.
Still - I've notice a remarkably high dissatisfaction rate (DOA, Crash in a few weeks) for all drive manufacturers once they get above 1TB. Hence - two WD blue's in my primary desktop, both 1TB. I look at the customer comments and drive may be rate 4/5 - but that's made up of a lot of 5's and 1's . . . not a good thing. I realize the comments are usually weighted towards people with problems. Nonetheless, I don't want a HDD with even a 1% failure rate, let alone 10%-20%; And, as I mentioned above in this same paragraph: it goes across all manufacturers.
My take: quality control is not as cheap, at this point, as replacing defective drives. So - they take the better money-making route and let the end user do quality control for them.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error." - Weisert
"If you are searching for perfection in others, then you seek disappointment. If you are seek perfection in yourself, then you will find failure." - Balboos HaGadol Mar 2010
I(we) have nothing to do with the HDD's themselves. OK brief history.
The company I work for was a management buy-out from IBM. We make 'Data Storage Systems'. We took drives(from all the main manufacturers) stuck them into a rack with some intelligent controllers and sold them to Companies like NetApp, HP, Oracle etc who sold them on as their 'own product' to people who needed a lot of storage - weather analysists and the like.
A few years back a hedge fund bought a lot of shares, started to publicly disagree with the direction we were heading(which was Cloud Solutions) made the shareholders jittery and thereby forced 2 of their own Directors on the board, make a lot of redundancies and we lose a lot of our skill-set. 6 months later we were sold to a HDD manufacturer mentioned below in an unflattering way.
Hedge fund happy as they made a lot of money. HDD manufacturer happy as they're getting their foot in the Cloud market.
18 months later they buy another Cloud orientated company similar to us based in Cali. Now when the HDD market suffers it seems to be it's peripheral companies that take the hit (us and the one in Cali). Unfortunately for me Cali has a better skill set than Portsmouth so I think this upcoming redundancy will close the UK branch completely.