Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone
Quote: Originally Posted by optizap
Isn't WD now the same company as Seagate ? From my experience . I had a 500 GB WD drive that failed and a Seagate drive which burned the Sata cable and blowed a TVS Diode. I attached a fan plate beneath the drive which I think messed it up(EMI). I read on the internet that hard drives actually perform better at higher temperatures and dont need extra cooling so dont bother with them stupid fan plates.
I would recommend Samsung Drives as I have never had a problem with them over many years use. I think thats why Sky put them in all their Sat Video boxes. However, If you get a WD drive you can maybe get Acronis backup WD edition for free which enables you to mount and run backup images.
No it is Western Digital, Hitachi and Seagate the main platers, I mean players. Seagate makes Samsung drives. The drives in DVR's are different to drives in PC's. The are more error tolerant for video and usually run 24/ 7. They may be more costly but they are designed for video and constant use. This is why you think they are better. I have a couple of WD and Seagate drives from DVR's that are still going strong after 10 years.
For everyones benefit, could you please give us the model numbers of the particular Seagate and WD drives you use ? I got my Samsung Drives second hand on Ebay of which the seller said came out of Sky boxes. I have tended to stick to buying 250 Gb drives. If anyone is interested in getting one, the Model no is HD251HJ.
Since I dont like to carry all my eggs in one basket, I prefer to buy a few smaller capacity drives rather than a big one. I think the larger capacity drives are more prone to read errors due to higher density at which data is stored.
Whilst on the subject of drives, I was wondering if it possible to buy sata cables with extra clampage ? I find that the current bog standard cables are very prone to external vibration and come loose. Dust getting down the connection is also a problem. Due to these problems, you may find your computer locking up all of a sudden or Windows Explorer turning ultra slow.