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Rincewind shrugged. “I don’t mind putting my hand up to killing a few spiders,” he said. “But it was me or them. I mean some of those come at you at head height—”
“You changed history.”
“Oh, come on, a few spiders don’t make that much difference, some of them were using their webs as trampolines, it was a case of ‘boing’ and next moment—”
And we all know where he was talking about!
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I own a NAS that has a total capacity of 6TB. More than enough for my business needs.
Till today I've been using a 3TB HDD as backup and it worked perfectly... versions... all OK, but of course I'm running out of space.
Would you recommend the Seagate STEL6000200 HDD?
It's 6TB of capacity and the USB3.0 port seems what I need.
Seagate's got such a bad reputation is recent years decades I wouldn't take one even if given to me for free. And that's actually happened - I was given a system that had a set of mirrored Seagate drives - one was already dead, and the other failed within the following month.
All Seagate drives I've ever purchased are dead. I've retired functional drives from other companies because they just got too small, not because they stopped working.
IMO: If you're going to insist on Seagate as a backup drive, then back up in pairs, at least.
I can only offer my own anecdotes, and I realize other people have had no problem with them. To me, Seagate is like Sony: I won't (directly) tell others not to buy them if that's what they want, but I will relate my personal experience, and I don't have any praise with them. I didn't start with such prejudice either; I used to be a fan.
I'm always on the lookout for good deals on large hard drives. While I've seen better prices on Seagate drives than some of their competition (especially the cutting edge just-out-this-month models), I always move on as soon as I see the name.
Personally I haven't had the bad experience of Seagate, the opposite actually.
Their average fail rate is about the same as any other manufacturer. According to (some fairly old) statistics from google, who buys a lot of hard drives from all manufacturers.
But what all manufacturers have in common is that they very often have systematic errors, so if one drive fails, usually most drives from the same batch or even model fails at the same time.
Therefore my recommendation is to buy a Synology diskstation or a Qnap or something similar, and fill it up with disks from different manufacturers.
That said, one should still check out current statistics[^], and you should NOT buy Seagate ST4000DMxxx, and the stats for certain Western digital disks doesn't look to shiny either.
At the moment it looks like Hitachi is the way to go. (which I personally have had extremely bad experience with )
had one client with a Synology box (admittedly low end) stacked with 2 mirrored WD drives,
less than a year in started reporting SMART fails on both drives. Went through the return/replace of drives, but problems kept coming back. I took a look at the forums on Synology's own website, seemed others with sometimes even days old new WD's having problems. Of course Synology's reply "update the software, rebuild the RAID, if that fails change the drives" (just like MS, if the upgrade fails, reinstall). WD - drives are fine but we'll give you another [often refirbished] just to be sure.
To save the client spending on more drives (now after warranty) I took the supposed worst of the current 2 drives and threw it in a desktop PC, full reformatted it (many hours), and had it duplicate what they were putting on the NAS (from original sources of course) - been flawless in both work and regular SMART tests while the 2nd (now single drive) still in the NAS is picking up more errors. (Moving that 2nd drive a job for another day.)
1. check compatibility NAS to drives beyond what manufacturer claims - check forums etc
2. For sure: if it's Synology NAS avoid WD drives, not sure whos fault but it's not a happy mix.
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