HDD recommendation

Discussion in 'SSD and HDD storage' started by dduk, Dec 26, 2017.

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What HDD would you buy ?

Poll closed Jan 12, 2018.
  1. WD blue

    23.1%
  2. Toshiba E300

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  3. WD red

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  4. Toshiba P300

    7.7%
  5. Seagate Baracuda

    30.8%
  6. Other

    38.5%
  1. dduk

    dduk Guest

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    What 3.5'' internal HDD do you recommend 1 - 2 TB ?

    I prefer low noise, quiet, and low energy consumption.
    Reliable.
    Usage purpose: Storage mostly (I have Samsung SSD with windows and programs)

    I know most HDD now have only 2 years warranty
    and I don't have much choise:

    - WD blue (maybe WD red)
    - Toshiba E300 or P300
    - Seagate Baracuda

    ...

    [​IMG]
     
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  2. user1

    user1 Ancient Guru

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    recommend taking a look at HGST drives aswell, they are usually pretty solid.
     
  3. The Goose

    The Goose Ancient Guru

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    Even in this day and age of ssd`s i`d still recommend hdd for storage and even the basic hdd is plenty fast enough for film and music playback, even though i have 3 ssd`s i still use mechanical for film/music and app storage and will continue to use hhd storage until they are no longer available or prices of ssd drop to £35 per terabyte, as for maufacturer....you cant go wrong with seagate baracuda`s.
     
  4. thatguy91

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    Desktop drives are designed for general purpose use only. For reliability you need Enterprise, Surveillance, or NAS drives. Surveillance drives are designed for constant writing 24/7 over several years. I suspect the difference between NAS and surveillance drives is the firmware rather than physical, you can largely base your choice between the two on availability and cost.
     
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  5. MegaFalloutFan

    MegaFalloutFan Maha Guru

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    If its storage HDD, then you can get 8TB Seagate Archive HDD inside one of these for 150USD (Amazon also ships internationally) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JS7OJG6
    I have 2 of these, these are Seagate archive HDDs, not the fastest but virtually silent and good for archiving, not RAID thou
    If you want HDD for mixed usage, you can get 7200RPM NAS HDDs (NAS drives have longer MTBF and tested more rigorously than regualr, so they cost tad more expensive) from Hitachi or HGST, they both in same price range, but because they 7200rpm they wont be silent for sure.
    Personally i have HGST 6TB NAS HDD for emulators and not important gaming stuff (important gaming stuff, like big games with mods i use NVMe)
     
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    WD Reds are not what you want if you want silent drives. I have them in my NAS and they are noticeably louder than the 1 WD Black I have in my PC
     
  8. 321Boom

    321Boom Member Guru

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    +1 to this advice.

    You might want to take a look at these reports from BackBlaze (they're a cloud storage service and they own over 50,000 drives): https://www.backblaze.com/b2/hard-drive-test-data.html

    HGST report the lowest failure rates.
     
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    I know about this BackBlaze reports,
    but the problem is that I don't have HGST near me.
    HGST prices are a bit higher + high delivery fee ...
     
  10. 321Boom

    321Boom Member Guru

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    Amazon won't ship to your country?

    If obtaining HGST is such a problem (due price or delivery), then I'd personally look at WD. I have 2 external drives that are WD, and another 2 that are Seagate. Apart from having a lower failure rate (from the BackBlaze reports), the WDs are slightly faster too.
     

  11. lucidus

    lucidus Ancient Guru

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    I'm happy with my WD Green (now Blue) drives. Quiet and reliable so far.
     
  12. RealNC

    RealNC Ancient Guru

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    ANYTHING other than Seagate should be fine.
     
  13. nhlkoho

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    Opposite for me. I've not once ever had a WD drive fail on me and the only two Seagate drives I ever bought failed in less than a year. I still have a working 10GB WD drive.
     
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    Chastity Ancient Guru

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    Of all those brands, the Toshiba's have been the longest lasting for me.
     
  15. dduk

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    [​IMG]

    It seems that most of the HDD's are lower quality nowadays,
    and manufacturers are more focused on SSD drives.
    Warranty for all manufacturers is just 2 years (except Seagate pro and WD gold,black 5y),
    and I think that quality control is not the best.

    Toshiba HDD are made by Hitachi (HGST) 3.5''
    HGST is part of WD
    Seagate uses Samsung and Maxtor techology

    It looks to me a bit of a lottery :)


    Amazon is shipping to my country, in Europe, but price is very high with delivery.
     
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  16. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    HGST.
    If there was only one option on your list, this should be it.

    This doesnt make any difference, the reliability stats still stand.
     
  17. 321Boom

    321Boom Member Guru

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    That really is a shame. In my opinion, runner up should be WD then since you can't get hold of a HGST. I've had my 2 WD drives for close to 3 years, and they never gave me any trouble.
     
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    nz3777 Ancient Guru

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    I only use Western-Digital since 2 of my seagates burned-out from some type of firmware flaw (whatever) not saying there is anything wrong with Seagate just shitty luck of the draw I guess? I heard Toshiba makes good HDDs as well as Samsung.
     
  19. xrodney

    xrodney Master Guru

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    If you want reliability I would go with helium based Seagate Barracuda Pro or HGST or WD gold, but they starts around 8TB I Believe (only few models are based on He, rest are normal).

    Personally I hate WB, especialy their old Green line because of failures and noice they make...
    Yes Seagatehad few problematic models that kept failing for me around 3 years age (especialy ST3000VX000), but unlike WD Seagate at least get smart warnings with 99% of data recoverable unlike WD which for me simply droped dead or I got warnings, but was able recover only half of data.

    Funny just yesterday my last ST3000VX000 started raising bad sectors, but I was able copy 2.5TB out of it in 6 hours except 1 Videofile, 1 Config file and 3 binaries.
    Last time I tried copy data from older WD green it took 4 days to get about 70% out of it, rest was unreadable and 2 WD before it died instantly.

    Today ordered new Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB 7200 RPM 256MB as replacement.
     
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    Thank you guys.

    I found a nice deal and ordered Seagate 4tb ST4000DM004

    I will have a chance to test it myself,
    so I will post my short review here.

    To make things more 'secure',
    I will try to also backup my important files to other HDD and some to cloud.
     

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