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I was speaking with a friend today that claims Maxtor > WD for reliability of hard drives. I am wondering how many other people have found this true. I am currently running a RAID-0 on top of two WD SATA drives and *knocks on wood* no problems in a year. Regardless, I still backup every other night.
If people said that one mechanical hard drive manufacture is more reliable than the other mechanical hard drive manufacture, then they are complete idiots. The amount of mechanical hard drives that are reliable in this world is none. If you want a reliable hard drive, look into solid state hard drives. I never will say that mechanical hard drives are reliable because they are just not. Mechanical hard drives eventually fail. The question is when is very, very hard to answer.
For speed (low accessing times or very low latency) for an OS, I will either buy IBM/Hitachi or Western Digital hard drives. Throughput never is good for an OS drive. RAID-1 is good to use for an OS or file server because two or more files can be access at the same time while RAID-0 can only access one file at a time. People do not know any better because they think higher the throughput the faster the system will go.
Every single Maxtor drive I and other members of my family/friends have owned in the past 5 years has failed in some way or another within a few months of the warranty expiring. I've had 2 go on me in the past 3 months alone. I will not ever buy maxtor again.
edit: There was no mistreatment of these drives, they have been used in normal small business or home settings, no undue stress put on them.
They might be cheap drives, but I would rather spend the extra money and know that my data will be safe.
Look at how many "refurbished" maxtors are on this site:
My list is Seagate > IBM (Hitachi does the drives now?) > Western Digital.
Did have a bad batch of WD's one time, and yes, even Seagates fail sometimes. However, I've had quite poor luck with Maxtor's not even lasting a year. Hard drives in general seem to be much less reliable than they used to be.
As another side note, I've had better luck with SCSI than ATA, *except* for 15k rpm SCSI drives which seem to be the least reliable overall (really hard to keep them cool).
I wish I had kept track of all the exact numbers on these things, would have been interesting to see if my above "feelings" are accurate or not
Last edited by Brian Knoblauch; 11-21-2005 at 08:38 AM.
Originally posted by Electro If people said that one mechanical hard drive manufacture is more reliable than the other mechanical hard drive manufacture, then they are complete idiots.
Judge by the standard warranty a manufacturer offers. Seagate offers a minimum of 5 (five) years across the board - 7 years on some models. That a company is willing to take on a liability like that tells you that their MBTF may be reliable, vs. the likes of Western Digital or Maxtor who knocked the warranty on many|most of their products to one year.
I've had both Maxtors and Western Digitals and don't have a problem with either one of them. The only real difference I can tell is that the Western Digital is a lot quieter, even though it's a bigger hard drive (Maxtor = 120 GB, WD = 160 GB).
Originally posted by bioalchemist My favorite HD so far is a Samsung 160Gb SATA drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152020
I have had 3 Maxtors fail me, but they will all eventually give up the ghost. If I get another HD soon, it will be a Samsung.
I didn't even know I had any Samsungs until one failed last night... Ah well, it was a fairly old 2GB drive.