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technology exists to make hard drives never fail...why do we continue to waste our money on flawed technology?'Do I look absolutely divine and regal, and yet at the same time very pretty and rather accessible?' - Queenie
'Do I look absolutely divine and regal, and yet at the same time very pretty and rather accessible?' - Queenie
All drives fails under the law of thermodynamics... but a good drive will show warning signs before it becomes inaccessible, such as:
> increasing "re-allocated sector count"
> lengthening seek-time, spin-up time
> unusual heat and sound
What I was pissed off by Seagate is the SUDDEN failure.
Nothing unusual from SMART data, then I disconnet it, seal it in a zip-bag, then after one month... plug it into the USB port -> unrecognized device/partition
If one BIG batch of product is defective, and the company does not recall it(and pretends nothing happened), that well deserve punishmentStopping development until someone save me from poverty or get me out of Hong Kong...
The oem shiny bags that bare drives often ship with are typically static shielded. Pink bubble bags are usually just anti-static (and there is debate about their utility).
Stopping development until someone save me from poverty or get me out of Hong Kong...
The last time I returned the drives I'd been slack and left them sitting in a draw for quit a while (maybe a year) as they had a five year warranty. When I checked on the Seagate site the warranty had two days left on it, so I filled out the RMA form, sent the drives off about a week later and the replacements arrived three or four days after that. They're still working fine, but I only use them for external storage so they're not used a lot.
I'm not saying the results look particularly good for Seagate, but it's not statistically sound enough to put me off buying Seagate drives, and I've had a bad experience with Seagate drives myself.
I'm fairly sure the oldest working hard drive in this house is a Seagate. I'd have to check to be completely sure, but if I'm correct it's a 20GB drive in an old Pentium 3 PC that's still used daily.
Think it's time to bump this thread...
8TB drives have dropped to less than half of what they were less than three years ago!
Best Buy, Amazon (USA) have Seagate or WD 8TB external drives for $149.99 (F/S). Newegg has the Seagate for $149.36 (after coupon, F/S). The WD external is particularly interesting because some (with model number ending in NESN) contain WD Red NAS drives. More details here:https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/8tb-wd-easystore-149-99.2511905/
I have a number of WD drives I got in the past few weeks and the two I've opened are WD Red NAS.
The WD drives were as low as $130 on Black Friday ($140 at BB a couple days ago as a Doorbuster), but seem to have settled into ~$150. They were regularly going on sale at ~$160 the past few months.
Yes, if you remove them from the case (really easy on the WD with three gift / credit cards or 5 guitar picks, not sure about the Seagates), you void the warranty, but at less than $20 / TB, it's worth the risk to me. Between the "real" internal drives (i.e. with full warranties, WD, Seagate, HGST) I have and these, I should be good for next couple of years.
On a somewhat related note, 10TB internal HGST drives are $300 (after coupon) at Newegg. These have a 3 year warranty. My personal choice was the 10TB WD Gold drives for $350 which come with a 5 year warranty.
Last edited by lingyi; 11th Dec 2017 at 20:49.