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Windows 7: Who makes the best disk drives?


21 Jan 2014   #1
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Who makes the best disk drives?

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Finally, someone with enough volume to test significant numbers of drives comes clean. There are drives to buy and drives to avoid.

Backblaze - the cloud backup company - continues to share their drive experience with us onesy-twosy buyers. It's informative.

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Backblaze, which open sourced their Storage Pod a few years ago, is now giving drive failure rates. They currently have over 27,000 consumer grade drives spinning in Backblaze storage pods.

Almost 13,000 each are Seagate and Hitachi drives, almost 3000 Western Digital drives and a too small for statistical reporting smattering of Toshiba and Samsung drives.

One cool thing: Backblaze buys drives the way you and I do: they get the cheapest drives that will work. Their workload is almost hundred percent write. Because they spread the incoming writes over several drives their workload isn't very performance intensive either.

Also, like you and me, they are willing to spend a little more for a more reliable drive but not a lot more. And unlike you and me they track every single drive that they install.

They measure the annual failure rate (AFR) rather than MTBF because that's an easier number to understand. They count as a failure anytime they have to replace a drive. Of course, vendors report that about half of all returned drives have no trouble found but I like Backblaze's definition better.
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21 Jan 2014   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Pity they didn't use any WD Blacks. They also didn't report on how good warranty support was between various brands.
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21 Jan 2014   #3
ThrashZone

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Probably the worst things about large drives is they fail harder,
I'll stick with 250 gig's so it doesn't hurt as badly
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21 Jan 2014   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Probably the worst things about large drives is they fail harder,
I'll stick with 250 gig's so it doesn't hurt as badly
Coward! Actually, that's a good idea if you have room for enough of them to hold all your data. However, I would need five to hold all the data I have now and the amount of data I have is increasing every day. My poor little machine can hold only six HDDs (five if I have to get a longer GPU card). Larger HDDs are OK as long as you have them properly backed up (and I'm anal when it comes to backups).
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21 Jan 2014   #5
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

That was interesting and actually in line with MY experience, albeit only with WD and Seagate. But as I'm currently (and slowly lol) switching out all my drives for SSD's it is more an academic exercise than practical knowledge for me.

http://www.thessdreview.com/our-revi...reat-security/
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21 Jan 2014   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Not good news.
I've got a number of internal Seagate Barracuda 1TB drives (2-4 years old) with no problem but I don't run them 24/7. The minimum size in the test set for Seagates was 1.5TB.
Hitachi seems the winner. I've got one 5 years old.
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21 Jan 2014   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The best HDD I ever had was an IDE 60GB Maxtor that lasted seven years. I retired it when I replaced the machine it was in with another one that only had SATA connections.

The brand I've had the best luck with is Western Digital. Of the fourteen I've had, only one failed (one of the early Greens that had head parking issues); I still have the other thirteen.

Seagate, on the other hand... Out of the four I've owned, two failed (the infamous 7200.11s), one was a disappointment (a SSHD that didn't work out for my usage), and one that works fine but is unspectacular.
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21 Jan 2014   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7 Home Prem 64-bit 7601 Free SP1
 
 

Fortunately I'm not a packrat of data
The best data is on cd/ dvd but not perfect,
Cheers.
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21 Jan 2014   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I have a Fujitsu 6 GB hard drive purchased in 1998 that is still in service. It isn't used much anymore but still works well and SMART reports no issues. But I think that is too much to expect from modern drives. I expect the pressure for ever higher capacity and performance without raising the price has taken it's toll in reliability.
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21 Jan 2014   #10
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Wow i use Seagate and WD just so happen i got a Hitachi from my Dad lol
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