[SATLUG] Off topic - hard drives

Lance Schneider schneider.lh at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 13:06:03 CDT 2011

Yes. I would be one of those from experience in enterprise environments who
has had precisely the opposite experience of Brad. This does nothing to
answer your question beyond the six of one half a dozen of another
consensus. In general practice, either should be fine and both could easily
disappoint. The one thing I can say is that a lot of drives get returned to
vendors that are not actually faulty but corrupted. A low-level, all zero
format of a drive will pick up bad sectors and replace those from the good
spares designed into each and every drive. Once in a while an actual defect
in the mechanism will render the drive useless. You are left to go with your
gut on a partcular vendor and purchase and getting the cutting edge product
from any vendor is risky. There should be plenty of Internet response to a
particular model and its history of customer satisfaction or issues to help
guide you. I cannot tell you with certainty that one make is better than
another but I can rference tales of woe for select models by vendor.

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM, Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>wrote:

> On Oct 7, 2011, at 11:13 AM, Michael wrote:
> > Somewhere recently, I just saw a thread of Seagate vs. WD.  Now, I can't
> find it.  Please give me opinions on the following two drives. {My Linux box
> just died  ;(   }
> Seagate makes drives for a while variety of customer types, including some
> serious Enterprise customers who need highly reliable media.  Generally
> speaking, even for their consumer-oriented drives, they don't use bottom of
> the barrel components.
> Western Digital, OTOH, seems to orient themselves exclusively towards the
> consumer, and pushes the lowest possible prices whatever the consequences.
> As a result, it has been my experience that Seagate is generally much more
> reliable than WD.  Sure, they're typically not first out of the gate with
> whatever the latest & greatest capacity or prices are, but the result is
> that you get better quality drives that are more likely to last a longer
> period of time.
> Keep in mind that this is a very personal issue, and I'm sure that there
> are others on the list who've had no end of problems with their specific
> Seagate drives and would recommend the opposite.
> But when you look at large quantities of drives over a long period of time,
> it has been my experience that Seagate generally has the best quality
> available in the business.
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