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Seagate Debate
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Seagate Debate
Whenever I see someone mention their thinking about picking up a Seagate HDD there seems to be general rantings from the natives of "Don't do it! Seagate's the worst!!!"

I've never bought one but thought about it a few times recently during this sale or that. So what's the big deal, is it generally a lack of quality in their parts, or horrid customer service, or.....?
12-28-2011 03:07 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
I have a seagate drive in my computer, reliable.

I recently won a three terabyte drive from seagate at the company dinner. The enclosure died the next day LOL.
No matter though, put that sucker in a new enclosure and good as new.

Personally, I think it's a matter of brand preference. I've had customers say the direct opposite and say western digital is bad.

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12-28-2011 03:15 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
Its mainly because of Seagate unreliability on a past series of hard drives. I know they have improved a lot over the years, but I would still only buy Western Digital.

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12-28-2011 03:19 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
i've had mostly positive experiences with seagate. however, the brand name had been badly damaged by the 7200.11 fiasco, to the point where many people simply won't touch them.

as for myself, i mostly use them because they are almost always cheaper than WD equivalents, perform up to expectations, and tend to be quieter while running maxed out. since i do a lot of game recordings with a 3xRAID0 array, having quiet drives really help.

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12-28-2011 03:27 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
Every Seagate I've seen (mine or otherwise) has died, every Western Digital I own or otherwise works perfectly for years. This has been my experience and the reason I'll only buy Western Digital drives.

This one computer store I used to shop at in my hometown would discourage people from buying Seagate drives from them as pretty much every single one they sold would end up being an RMA they would have to process at some point.

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12-28-2011 05:19 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
I want Maxtor back!!

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12-28-2011 09:19 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
Regardless of brand preferences, Seagate RMA amounts are way higher. We're talking almost 1/3 of their drives get RMA'd within 1 year. Whereas the rate for Western Digital is around 9% - still unduly high if you ask me, but nowheres near Seagate.

This was on Tom's Hardware a month or two ago but that site's search engine is utterly unhelpful.

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RE: Seagate Debate
Where's the mention of Hitachi D:! They make good HDDs.
12-28-2011 11:00 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
(12-28-2011 11:00 PM)Ichiro Wrote:  Where's the mention of Hitachi D:! They make good HDDs.

Hitachi = WD now.

Samsung = Seagate too.

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12-28-2011 11:11 PM
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RE: Seagate Debate
I have had five seagates, two of them failed before prime fail time.

+1 on Maxtor, I have one that's just starting to fail in a 15 year old machine.

But I like WD because I've had one fail, that was from a surge. (It was in an enclosure)

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12-29-2011 12:44 AM
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