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Recommend SATA Drive Brand?

I had been thinking about buying a Backup HD System but probably going to hold off for a bit and maybe convert an old box to run MS Home Server. Anyway, I'm getting pressed for space on my main computer that I do a lot of my music and movie downloading to and I think I'm either going to upgrade the drive or add a new one. What brands should I look at?




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I had been thinking about buying a Backup HD System but probably going to hold off for a bit and maybe convert an old box to run MS Home Server. Anyway, I'm getting pressed for space on my main computer that I do a lot of my music and movie downloading to and I think I'm either going to upgrade the drive or add a new one. What brands should I look at?
Depends on how concerned with speed you are. You can get 1TB drives for decent money, and then you can pay even more than a 1TB drive for a 200GB which is built for speed.

Seagate Barracuda's are excellent harddrives, combine the best of both worlds, dependability and speed.
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Any drive will last as long as you keep it in optimal conditions, keep it away from other drives and near a fan, heat is the prime killer of hard drives. I'd go for anything with a 3 - 5 year warranty. Drives are so damn cheap now days that you mine as well just mirror.
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What would it take to setup both drives to mirror each other in Win Vista? Since this is my main computer and I do my gaming on it would it slow anything down?




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Oh and the reason I was asking is about brands is because I'm concerned if one brand is more prone to failure over another? I always hear people have there favorites and just wanted to make sure what I get will last.




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In the past windows has not had software mirroring unless you purchase server version, I dont know if this is still the case. However, most motherboards have onboard raid, its fairly easy to setup on bootup.

You wouldn't notice any performance issues.

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Oh and the reason I was asking is about brands is because I'm concerned if one brand is more prone to failure over another? I always hear people have there favorites and just wanted to make sure what I get will last.
I've bought probably close to 300 hard drives in the last 10 years ranging from desktop to server, as long as you take care of them and keep them away from heat you really wont have a bit of a problem. Sometimes batches of drives have 'issues' but all the vendors have had them and its always a small stock number of them. The only difference is going to be performance, which you're not going to care about when you're just using them for storage and nor should you.

Also keep in mind that a hard drive uses about 30 watts of power, and about 60 on startup, whatever your power supply is rated take off about 15-20 watts a year that you've been using it as they do degrade. Always have ample power for your hardware.
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I'll check my computer and see if it has onboard RAID (Dell XPS). Thanks for the info bro.




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Jose, not sure how much space you're actually looking for but my dad just ordered one of these. This will sure beat us having to keep up with multiple portable drives.

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I prefer WD as I've always had great luck w/ them but you might check Flys as they had a 1TB-32meg cache Samsung for$119 out the door.
Maximum PC had an article in this month's issue on HDD's doing a comparo for speed or capacity and as it were, you can get the best of both worlds.







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I have had good success with the seagate 7200rpm drives, and they are pretty quiet... I'll pass on the raptor's extra performance for noise they make. My current plan is to have an SSD in my next machine to run the OS and programs, and have all my storage on a file server hidden away.

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I just lost an RE2 WD 500Gb drive. It was less than a year old. Contacted a data recovery outfit and they sad their storerooms are filled with WD 500Gb series drives. Stay away from WD if you want a 500Gb drive.
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I personally hate WD drives myself. Several failures over the years, however that shit changes on who does and does not suck from time to time. I'd just get something at a good price, do a cursory check to ensure it is not a known suck drive and call it the day.

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I prefer WD as I've always had great luck w/ them but you might check Flys as they had a 1TB-32meg cache Samsung for$119 out the door.
Maximum PC had an article in this month's issue on HDD's doing a comparo for speed or capacity and as it were, you can get the best of both worlds.
I got a vraptor on a trade for one of my 1tb drives and the performance is nice, i still rather use a 1tb drive instead.

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So Samsung is junk huh?
I've only used WD and seagates. At work, I have ALOT of seagates throwing errors and they haven't been in usage for a year yet.

I've had only one drive fail, a like 02-03 IBM drive which were known for epic failures.

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I've only used WD and seagates. At work, I have ALOT of seagates throwing errors and they haven't been in usage for a year yet.

I've had only one drive fail, a like 02-03 IBM drive which were known for epic failures.
I had a bad experience(lost ALL baby pics) w/ Maxtor trash! I will never use a Maxtor regardless if they are made by Seagate now or not.





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personaly. I have never had a bad expierence with Seagate, or hitachi. i have had numerous IBM and WD drives fail on me. then again. That is one person's personal expierence. Other people have had great success with WD and IBM. I prefer to stick with what works.
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In all seriousness, what's w/ the mixture of IDE and SATA drives?





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personaly. I have never had a bad expierence with Seagate, or hitachi. i have had numerous IBM and WD drives fail on me. then again. That is one person's personal expierence. Other people have had great success with WD and IBM. I prefer to stick with what works.
Wrong, no ones had good luck with IBM drives, thats why they dont make them anymore
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Wrong, no ones had good luck with IBM drives, thats why they dont make them anymore
They WERE bad motherfuckers, but then they started having all kinds of platter problems and it destroyed their reputation.
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How does this deal at Fry's sound?

Seagate SATA/300 1.5TB HD 32MB Buffer $129




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Jose,
If you not in a rush, can get from newegg for same price, free shipping and no tax, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148337

Otherwise for once Fry's has them for a good price.

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Oh yeah, if you run a few of these in a RAID setup, be mindful of the 2TB logical drive limit, unless your running 64bit OS

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If you not in a rush, can get from newegg for same price, free shipping and no tax, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148337

Otherwise for once Fry's has them for a good price.

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Is it the same drive? Looks like the same specs.




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yeah, same drive. Only difference would be if it was the enterprise version (ES.2) but would cost alot more. Newegg does not even have it listed. The 1TB ES.2 drive is $169.

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Oh yeah, if you run a few of these in a RAID setup, be mindful of the 2TB logical drive limit, unless your running 64bit OS
The 2TB limit has nothing to do with running a 64bit OS. Windows XP lacks GPT support which is why you cant do it without using a different partitioning program.
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Wrong, no ones had good luck with IBM drives, thats why they dont make them anymore
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