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    Reliability of HDDs

    I have 2 x 250gb HDDs and i am looking to copy all the infomation accross to some new HDDs(PC & data is going one way, i want a copy of the data to go another way).

    The 2 HDD i have atm(western digital) have been reliable enough, but im a bit hesitant at dumping everything on one HDD.

    What do you guys advise? Going for another 2 x 250gig HDDS or are the reliabily of HDDs good enough these days 2 just go for one?

    As a seconcd question, what size & make offer the best value for money. Id rather pay a bit more(within reason) for a quieter & more reliable HDD.

    cheers guys.

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    From my expierience it seems to be luck of the draw however there are certain manufacturers i would suggest you stay away from... Maxtor for one

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    don't be offended Andehh...but this is getting redirected to HARDWARE where you'll get a much better reply

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    i think two more western digitals would be your best bet to be fair mate, they are pretty decetn good service and are reliable and very cheap. as said maxtor are cheap for a reason, becuase your data will go within 6 months

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    Seagate are very reliable 5 year warranty and the barracuda 7200.10's are the fastest retail 7200rpm hdd

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    I do these things for a reason...and it's reasons like this

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.p...highlight=hard

    I asked the forums which HDD they would NOT trust.

    So the only HDD NOT to get a distrust vote was Samsung, and so by inferal, everyone misstrusts at least one other drive more.

    Me? i've had loads of really good Maxtors ...but I've always been weird.

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    Over many years I have tried them all.
    I have given up trying to figure out which is best,like sp00n says it seems to be the luck of the draw.
    In my experience they either break not long after you start using them or they go on till I change them.
    I would lean to Samsung(never had one break yet) if it was a choice of it and another brand at around the same price.
    I have one 250Gb spinpoint for Xp,the same for Vista and a 400Gb Seagate Barracuda for backing up all my files.
    any hint of a problem and I change the drive and I never keep my drives longer than a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33 View Post
    I do these things for a reason...and it's reasons like this

    http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.p...highlight=hard

    I asked the forums which HDD they would NOT trust.

    So the only HDD NOT to get a distrust vote was Samsung, and so by inferal, everyone misstrusts at least one other drive more.

    Me? i've had loads of really good Maxtors ...but I've always been weird.
    It is probably because very few users actually use Samsung drives. I have loads of Seagate, Maxtor, WD and Hitachi drives, but never Samsung. I avoided the brand because they only warranty through retailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung View Post
    It is probably because very few users actually use Samsung drives. I have loads of Seagate, Maxtor, WD and Hitachi drives, but never Samsung. I avoided the brand because they only warranty through retailer.
    yeh that was my first thought, iv never seen a samsung drive(im not that clued up with computers though).


    Cheers for the move Zak33, ment to put this in the hardware section, must have just mis read the forum titles. Has been a long day & night.

    That poll in the other thread was just what i was looking for(search function anyone? ).

    thanks again guys.

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    does anyone know if the new hitachi 1tb is reliable??

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    Hard to tell. The drive is very new, so it's not like many people had the chance to play with it yet. And for most part, it is difficult to assess those things in the first place: even if lots of people end up with a dead drive from brand X, it is usually not known how many experienced no problem with it. And people have long memory. I am sure there are people who would avoid the Hitachi simply because of the IBM '75GXP DeathStar' fiasco.. probably the infamous case of HD. Maxtor's reputation wen't down a bit it seems, though I only recall the Max II line to seemingly have above failure rate.

    The only site I know of, which makes an attempt to provide some sort of reliability figures is Storagereview.com (eg.: http://www.storagereview.com/article...SP2504C_7.html)

    But I have no idea how big is their sample.

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    Toms hardware did a review said it basically worth the cost if you want a single hdd solution but the heat could be an issue I think I will wait for the seagate counterpart before buying should push down prices even if the performance isn't great and the 5 year warranty would be very nice when dealing with 935gb

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