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Windows 7: Hard Drive Advise

11 Apr 2011   #21
seekermeister

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MY5T View Post
Im using an internal Seagate Barracuda 120GB HDD that I got for free at work since it was refurbished - no problems whatsoever, and that IS a refurbished model!

Also, my PC is set up to have just Win7, and a few essential programs on that drive, and I use an external drive for storing all my main data - brand? Seagate.

You more than likely have bad luck, but I'd check your motherboard health to be sure, because it could be whats killing the drives.

It could also be a faulty drive controller chip on the board thats killing your drives.
No, as I said, Seagate may well have some good models of drives. In fact, I would definitely expect so, but the quality of the 7200.11s are known to not be good, it is not just my bad luck.

The fact that I'm not interested in any Seagate drive is because that I have already RMAed one of my 7200.11s 3 times, and it needs to be RMAed a 4th time also. Each of those drives, whether new or recertified, only lasted ~ 3 months. This speaks to a problem that goes deeper than a single lemon, or even a line of lemons, because Seagate should do whatever it takes to rectify the problem with those drives, and they are not. If they can deal in this fashion with one drive, they can do it with any of them. Therefore, no Seagates for me.


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11 Apr 2011   #22
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Do you have any aversion to Samsung? Specifically the 500 gig Spinpoint HD502HJ?? About $50.
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11 Apr 2011   #23
seekermeister

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

I wouldn't know, I never owned one.
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11 Apr 2011   #24
seekermeister

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

Here is one drive that I just came across, but I'm not certain about it, because while it is SATA 3, it is only a 32MB cache. I wonder if it would still have the noise problem of the 64MB cache drives?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ku=TSD-1000AS5

EDIT: Hmm...I don't know, it only has a 3 year warranty.
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11 Apr 2011   #25
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I can easily agree with you on that, because the FAEXs that I mentioned are SATA 3s. I'm not sure if your velociraptor link is an endorsement or a warning, but it doesn't matter, because they cost too much for me. Your history with WDC drives has been much better than my own.
The link was just to show the discussion on the FAEX's loudness

I've never owned a velociraptor.

And yeah, I've had pretty good success with Western Digital. Probably would have bought a Western Digital SSD drive were it not for OCZ.
Though my first choice would have been Intel but the price was a little steep at the time

Personally with prices falling like they are on SSD drives, you seriously should consider one. The performance is that much more noticeable.... but I can understand your reluctance due to expense, even now.

Good luck.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Here is one drive that I just came across, but I'm not certain about it, because while it is SATA 3, it is only a 32MB cache. I wonder if it would still have the noise problem of the 64MB cache drives?

Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB at TigerDirect.com

EDIT: Hmm...I don't know, it only has a 3 year warranty.
Well the Blacks have a 5 year warranty..... Desktop Internal Hard Drives Overview
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11 Apr 2011   #26
seekermeister

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

When a 120GB SSD comes down to a price that I can afford, I'll get one, but they are not even close to that yet.
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11 Apr 2011   #27
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
When a 120GB SSD comes down to a price that I can afford, I'll get one, but they are not even close to that yet.
Understand. I had the same thoughts before I got mine.

At any rate I'm not one for telling others how to spend their money - Was just a suggetion, no offense meant.
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11 Apr 2011   #28
Shootist

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
When a 120GB SSD comes down to a price that I can afford, I'll get one, but they are not even close to that yet.
Understand. I had the same thoughts before I got mine.

At any rate I'm not one for telling others how to spend their money - Was just a suggetion, no offense meant.
I was of the same thought, wait for the prices to come down. then after looking at some of the speed reading from these SSD I say Screw It and ordered one. I've blown $200+ on a date that went NO WHERE. Why can't I spend $200+ on something that will actually give me some pleasure.
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11 Apr 2011   #29
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well like I said, I'm not into telling another man how to spend his money. I may suggest something but as soon as they say they don't want to spend that that ends the conversation there as I have to respect their right to do what they will with their funds. I certainly wouldn't want anyone telling me how I should spend my money.

My two cents.
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12 Apr 2011   #30
Wallonn7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
When a 120GB SSD comes down to a price that I can afford, I'll get one, but they are not even close to that yet.
If you allow me a suggestion...
Product: Seagate ST95005620AS Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive - 500GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s at TigerDirect.com
Review: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB ST95005620AS Review - Overclockers Club
About: Momentus XT | 7200 RPM | Seagate



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