[ubuntu-uk] HDD drives... which brand(s)?

Daniel Lamb daniel.lamb at openyourwindows.com
Tue Feb 5 23:50:59 GMT 2008

Personally i always stick to western digital, as was said before they do
fail but so do others, warranties on a drive usually arent worth it from
my experience, as it would cost more than half the amount of a
replacement drive to send off the faulty one. As far as externals are
concerned dont buy lacie, and my suggestion would be western digital, or
if you are really worried about it buy something which is in a raid 1

On Tue, 2008-02-05 at 22:49 +0000, Rob Beard wrote:

> Matthew Wild wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > What is the general opinion of the best HDD manufacturer? Over the
> > years I have heard bad about each one in one way or another.
> > 
> > I'm looking to buy an external HDD. I was disappointed to find that
> > Maplin only stock Seagate drives, and I have always avoided Seagate
> > (even before they released their drives that don't work with Linux).
> > 
> > So, what are your experiences?
> > 
> > Matthew.
> > 
> > PS. Any other alternative for large backups?
> > 
> Well I have a pair of Maxtor drives in my PC (although Maxtor drives are 
> now pretty much rebadged Seagate drives with 3 year warranties rather 
> than 5 years).
> I've had drives from Seagate, Maxtor, IBM/Hitachi, Samsung and Western 
> Digital all fail on me.  An example of one was a Western Digital drive 
> in a PC at work.  It failed after 1 DAY (brand new machine, left it 
> installing over night, came in to work next morning, drive was dead). 
> Saying that I've had other Western Digital drives last for years.
> I'm not so sure about Samsung drives, I've had two identical drives (one 
> from a branded external hard drive and one I bought from a computer 
> fair) both fail with the same fault after about a year.
> I've also seen Fujitsu IDE drives fail after about a year too.
> I think maybe you might be worth just buying an external hard drive case 
> and taking a chance on any old drive.  To be safe, buy two drives from 
> different manufacturers and keep two backups.
> Rob
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