Re: Durable 2T Harddrive Recommendations
- From: Steve Fenwick <nospam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2012 22:11:02 -0800
In article <4f0bb427$0$1711$742ec2ed@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Kevin McMurtrie <mcmurtrie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
In article <vilain-97AA42.23031308012012@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Michael Vilain <vilain@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
In article <2012010819151975834-xxx@yyyzzz>, gtr <xxx@xxxxxxx> wrote:
I know I should probably ask this somewhere more appropriate but I
trust the folk around here.
Anyone have recommendations on manufacturer that they consider really
dependable for a 2T Firewire drive?
Hints, clues, tips, tricks: all welcomed.
Stay away from any Western Digital drive. And pay no attention to
anyone who says they're great. Their's just haven't crashed yet. A
friend bought one at Fry's which was DOA. He returned it and got
another that died after 6 weeks. Since he didn't pay for extended
warrantee, he sent the dead drive back to WD. 6 weeks later, he got a
replacement which died in 1 month. He swears NO WD drivers, ever again.
YMMV. You have been warned.
Which brand is most reliable varies by the manufacturing batch. I've
had a RAID full of Seagates fail yet perfect luck with WD.
That's another argument for a Drobo - you can avoid consecutive serial
numbers when you purchase your own drives. Some diversity reduces the
risk of having multiple drives fail at once.
The only bad brand that I recall is IBM. Their Deskstar, aka
"Deathstar", lineup caused IBM to sell off their drive business to
Hitachi. The media bonding was weak and the firmware lacked wear
A problem I have with some manufacturers is that they go to some lengths
to conceal the warranty periods. I can't find it at all for Seagate on
their WWW site; Hitachi used to be pretty good. WD has it right up front.
steve <at> w0x0f <dot> com
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to
skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, sidecar in the other, body thoroughly
used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
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