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Windows 7: Oddball Harddrives


02 Jan 2010   #1

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Oddball Harddrives

With the third failure of some Seagate HDs that I have had, I'm looking for a new replacement HD. From what I have found so far, it seems that the cheapest in the 1TB range is Hitachi, or possibly Samsung. Neither of these seem to be popular choices, but since I've added Seagate to my blacklist, and quite possibly WDC, I'm considering a different choice. The Hitachi is ~$20 cheaper than the front runners, but that may represent a lesser value. Anyone have experience with either of these drives, that can make a comparison?


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02 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have a 1TB Hitachi that I bought from CompUSA. I installed Win 7 on it back when Win 7 came out and so far no problems.

But, I have a WD 500GB and a Seagate 750GB drives that are about two years old and no problems with those either. I did see that some model Seagates had problems, after I bought the Seagate, but apparently the model I have is not one of the "problem" drives.
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02 Jan 2010   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

StorageReview.com

See LeaderBoard tab.

Over the years I've had fewer problems overall with Western Digital.
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02 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I have a Samsung Spinpoint SP2504C that came with my system. Orginally running Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit, now Windows 7 HP 64-bit. No issues with the hard drive. Decently fast for what I am doing and quiet. Been running for nearly three years.....
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02 Jan 2010   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I don't currently use Samsung, but I have owned 3 of them previously and had no issues.

They tend to run cooler than most of the competition, which is a good thing.

Usually among the cheaper drives, too.

Having said that, they all have failures and you may just have had bad luck with Seagate or WD. You could just as easily have a terrible experience with Samsung or Hitachi.
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02 Jan 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well I am a Seagate person having had several WD fail very quickly.

However,,,, the Seagate 1TB did have problems,,, and it was mostly the ones made in China.
Ones made in Thailand did not have any (or as many) issues.
I believe the 1.5TB's are much better with Seagate.
And any under 1TB are pretty solid.
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02 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I guess I've been fortunate cause for 11 years all I have used is WD and have only had 1 failure, and I bought it used so I don't know what it had been through.
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02 Jan 2010   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

ignatzatsonic,

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Having said that, they all have failures and you may just have had bad luck with Seagate or WD. You could just as easily have a terrible experience with Samsung or Hitachi.
Quite true, but I consider having 3 out 4 Seagates fail within a year of purchase to be more than just bad luck.

Tepid,

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However,,,, the Seagate 1TB did have problems,,, and it was mostly the ones made in China.
Ones made in Thailand did not have any (or as many) issues.
The problem with this is that it is not easy to determine the origin of a harddrive when buying online. However, the 4 Seagates that I previously purchased were made in Thailand, so I won't put too much stock in that.
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02 Jan 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
I guess I've been fortunate cause for 11 years all I have used is WD and have only had 1 failure, and I bought it used so I don't know what it had been through.
You've been far much fortunately with WDC than I've been.
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02 Jan 2010   #10

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Seeker:

"Bad luck" may be the wrong phrase. I should have said "coincidence". Unfortunately, neither of us can know if it is coincidence---the other choices would be bad design, maltreatment, etc.

But I am with you. If I had 3 out of 4 fail, I wouldn't be lined up to buy another of that brand.
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