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Interesting article on Ars recently comparing HDD reliability for the major manufacturers. Full article is here, but the major take homes are shown below.

 

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This is data put together by cloud provider Backblaze, based on the consumer level HDDs they use.

 

Granted that this isn't over a huge range of HDD sizes and models, but still - great to see Hitachi doing so well, and a bit of a worry seeing Seagate so low.

Edited by discoInferno

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Yeah, the Seagate numbers are a bit worrying... I only just replaced my old Samsung and WD drives with brand new Seagate 7200.14's :-/

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hmmm, that does look bad for seagate and I still have a few spinning around the place. For the last few years I've been buying WDs, so I'm happy about that :)

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Interesting figures, going from personal experience I'd have to say that 90% of the dead HDD's I see are WD's. Might have to buy Hitachis' in the future. :)

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I used to exclusively buy Seagate for their perceived reliability but following a pretty substantial run of failures switched to WD. I've also got a few Toshiba's and Hitachi's now. Had one WD fail on me since the switch but that's all so far.

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interestingly, today I just happened to open up Speedfan, and noticed in the SMART tab, my newest drive (a seagate 3TB) had the lowest fitness/performance numbers....

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