Reliable USB External Hard Drives ?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by JosephB, Mar 8, 2012.

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  1. LockBox
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    I agree with this completely.

    For every customer angry about data loss from a bad Western Digital drive, there's another customer angry about data loss from a bad Seagate drive.

    There is no perfect, 100% safe data storage manufacturer.
  2. zfactor
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    as i said i own a pc business and we order tons of hdd's. at least from my experiences in the last year i dont order in wd's anymore. where wd has been steadily declining imo in quality seagate has been fantastic. though performance wise most of the time wd's are a hair better. the samsung f3's were some of if not the fastest platter based drives out and now those are being re-badged and seagates but they are in fact the same drives.. i agree its personal opinion but when i go through a couple hundred drives or more a month at times; i can honestly tell my experiences i also agree no mechanical drive should be considered 100% safe
  3. treehouse786
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    same here. i work for the biggest dental IT support company in the UK so we go through many many drives a month and we have defo noticed that seagate's are more reliable than WD's :thumb:
  4. Noob
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    Placed order for Seagate External drive. :D
  5. mirimir
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    Are you referring to consumer drives, or enterprise drives, or both?
  6. NGRhodes
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  7. Mrkvonic
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    Nice one. I love that kind of articles.
    Mrk
  8. treehouse786
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    consumer drives. as stated above, hitachi drives have long been known to be the best enterprise drives and the worst consumer drives.
  9. zfactor
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    lol i do local support for ezdental...
  10. JosephB
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    treehouse786,

    In terms of "drives a month" that you go through and "reliability of drives", can I assume that you are referring to "Internal 3.5" Desktop Drives" ??
    ... I can *not* imagine that "Pre-Built" - External USB Drives (like wd MyBook, seagate GoFlex, etc) of any Vendor could be as reliable as Internal Desktop Drives.
  11. treehouse786
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    @zfactor haha dental's where the money is baby, we exclusively provide IT help/assistance/hardware to dentists and let me tell you, they pay anything to have a smooth IT infrastructure with as less down time as possible, for anyone out there wanting to create a startup, dental's where its at ;) :thumb:

    @JosephB we support around 7000 dental practices in the UK each with an average of 7 workstations and 1 server, i cant give you the exact numbers right now as i would need the info from the stock manager, but he did say that seagate 3.5 inch internal consumer drives were more reliable than WD's by around a few percent (which equals to hundreds of drives for us).

    pm me in a couple days and i shall have the exact info for you, will have to be by pm as to avoid upsetting contract holders ;)
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  12. Keatah
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    Never trust your information to one single drive, always 2 copies at a minimum.
  13. zfactor
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    this i DO AGREE WITH

    @joeb i do support as well for companies like dell, acer, etc in my local area on MANY laptops each month as well. a 2.5" portable external drive as well as a 3.5" style external desktop drive are internally EXACTLY identical to the drives used in desktops and laptops WITH THE EXCEPTION of wd drive's (which i HATE!!! that they do this) which if taken apart lack a sata connector on their "portable" 2.5" drives altogether and have a usb plug soldered straight to the board of the drive. im also a reseller for hornettek and a few other external enclosure companies and i sell a LOT of my "own" branded drives. i can say with total confidence that i now will always sell a seagate drive in one of these enclosures before i do a wd. and this past year the failure's have just got higher for wd to the point of not wanting to even use them since they have been failing OFTEN. i just dont see this with seagate or samsung over the last couple years. now if we go back 5 years my opinion would have been exactly reversed. especially when seagate got maxtor this was A BAD BAD time for seagate since maxtors failed all over the place. thats been weeded out now and personally i would currently recc any seagate first over a wd. this for sure includes the external drives. imo the mybook and wd portable drives are terrible..
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  14. mirimir
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    I missed that :oops: There's generally little correlation between reliability of consumer and enterprise drives from a particular manufacturer, I think. So it can be misleading to just compare Seagate vs Western Digital vs Hitachi etc. Seagate Cheetah is my favorite enterprise drive, but I don't trust Barracuda any more. I've heard that it's really Maxtor now. On the other hand, both Western Digital VelociRaptor and RE3 have worked well for me. Although I haven't used their true enterprise drives, I suppose that they're very good. Thanks for the warning about Hitachi consumer drives. I'm not very familiar with them.
  15. NGRhodes
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    In the report I linked to, they use consumer SATA drives.

    Cheers, Nick.
  16. mirimir
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    Thanks. I somehow missed your post :oops: That is a great article! Backblaze certainly likes the 3TB Hitachi Deskstar. Maybe that drive represents a design breakthrough. Generally, maybe it's not even safe to lump all consumer (or enterprise) drives from a given manufacturer. I wonder which Western Digital enterprise drive(s) they used, and found so unreliable.
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