Western Digital vs. Seagate Drives: Which Are Better?

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Who's better these days - Western Digital or Seagate?
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Eric Suesz

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Good question. I used to think Western Digital drives were better than Seagate, but Seagate has lately had a lot of new drives that are more Mac-friendly, for example.
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I started to use and test hard drive since 1995, here is my experience on the reliability of the hard drive.

Quantum is always the best. I had never seen any broken hard drive from Quantum.
WD is so so, never broken in my setup. But I only used 3 of WD HD
Seagate is broken quite often,
Maxtor is aq piece of shit. Guarantee broken in 3 years.

Maxtor aquired Quantum, then Maxtor was aquired by Seagate. My 750G Seagate just died a week ago after two years of moderate usuage. And not warrantee available for seagate drive since it is built in HP computer. No warrantee from HP either. I think my hard drive might come from Maxtor factory and label with Seagate brand.
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Well, around my area WD drives are way cheaper than Seagate (I have no clue why...lol...maybe I am closer to the factory...lol... ) and I have not had any problems with them on my Macs so far,well, except for one corrupted drive header(nothing I couldn't fix with some household apps).

My girlfriend on the other hand she lives and dies by the word of the "Seagates"... she recently upgraded her 120GB drive to a 250GB Momentus SATA

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/prod...

and she loves it, she says it is way faster than her old 120GB and it works wonderfully with Leopard.

Both companies are very well respected , they both have high quality products and if they have similar or equal products then all comes down to price (at least that's what I do all the time)
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I today bought a Seagate 500 GB external HDD as I am finally totally disappointed with my Western Digital My Book Premium ES Edition. See twitter.

I hope there will be no more (or worse!) problems with the Seagate.

And compared to the WD HDD, Seagate is surely cheaper! (At least today...)

Also you have to take after sales customer support into consideration.
Haven't heard anything from WD since I wrote them.

Don't know if this is funny or tragic. ;)
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Forget Western Digital, I have had 3 of them and they stink!
I had tons of pics and Music on mine when I cam back from Iraq and it crashed! Computer kept telling me need to format drive (and we know what that will do)!
Western Digital replaced it (doesn't help the lost files), but shortly therafter it happened again!
They refuse to respond!

I'm doing some research on Seagate and that may be the way to go!
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I'm actually going to purchase one for that same reason. We deploy in less than a couple of months and I want one to keep movies on primarily so I was interested which was the better brand. Thanks for the advice.
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I have the same problem with my seagate and it has gotten to the point where none of my computers even recognize or access the drive any longer. I am a serious old maxtor and WD fan..and regret I bought a seagate as they did me wro9ng long ago and I had just hoped maybe they had gotten better.
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Please use the notebook drive (portable drive) systems. They are based on notebook drives and they are more able to handle the stresses of movment better than the desktop versions.

Always follow the three rules of computing, Backup backup backup. Backup on different systems, drives, or even online or cd or DVDs. Then it doesn't matter what happens to the drive you can still keep your data safe.
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OMG, it's so true, i have WD hard-drive for once and it just won't read anymore. although they replaced it, but all my precious data were lost forever. I still keep the replaced one just to store something unimportant, the rest handled by my seagate.
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Well, me personally have had a close story,
Had data saved on a main 640 GB WD drive, and back up on 500 GB Hitachi External, and for unknown reason, they both crashed in a very close period of time (The external crashed about a month before the main), I got exactly same as your error btw, and my sister on her laptop has gotten the same problem, with 500 GB Seagate drive.
That was my experience with the 3 best brands lol
Now I believe in Desktops more than laptops
and btw, contact me Tareq.Ararx@gmail.com for helping you to get your data back, if interested.
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To follow up on my old post: Seagate!

Although I'm not a 100% content with my external Seagate drive, it is way better than the old WD one, which broke, so I had to screw it in parts and lost my guarantee! (Luckily my data was still there at least...)

By the way: I now have installed a "Samsung Spinpoint" internally and I'm totally amazed!! It is _so_ fast and works like a charm (ok, I only use it since one week and with new hardware too), especially compared to a crappy "noname" HDD, that was shipped with the crappy "cheap cheap" desktop PC I bought because I wanted to save a few bucks and didn't really think about what this could (and did!) cost me in terms of working time...

So, now after hammering together my new desktop PC by myself and with a careful eye on quality components, I'm as happy and productive as never before! (And it did cost me only double the bucks I paid for the total crap desktop!)

PS: Eric, I do really recommend to buy a RAID-system (internal or external NAS) to be sure anyway! Because every HDD will die one day...
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Samsung is one of the best basic drives. They rarely advertise their products, yet if you look on line you will be hard pressed to find any issues with customers and their products.
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i have 2 WD hard drives-500GB(My Book) and another 1TB.
Both of them are really slow and not recognized by LAptop instantenously..
I am really feed up with both of them..

I have tried with a seagate (from my friend), they work good in comparision with the WD one (may be becoz they are newer).
Anyway,
i think Buffalo is the best (though its a bit costly );
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seagate suck. 4 drives since christmas - all dead now!
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Darren,

I work at an electronics store. I help people buy product. I can do some pretty mean repair work myself on the side. I have had 4 seacraps since a little before christmas. They give the click of death yet they test fine using any tool even the seagate tools. I had an friend of mine, IT computer A+ with is own company (not releated to my current job) test them and they test fine.

Sent them to Seagate, They spent close to 3 months "testing" only to tell me that they "Test" fine and return them to me. They will not replace them for customer satisfaction since they are "Tested" and test as functional. They will let me have these 4 in my system clicking so louldly that I can hear it across a noisy room until they ultimatly "fail" Then they will be happy to replaed them (again waiting for close to 3 months)

I will not buy them. I will not advise them to be bought by any of my customers, and I will further inform the customers of the problems they have been having.
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I had a severe clicking in my Seagate 2t essential. It would hold up the computer while doing its insane ticking. I replaced it with a WD 2t elements, which works great. Since the Seagate still works, I'm using it as a back-up, but wondering if this a good idea...
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Robert: I have a 1.5Tb ST31500341AS Seagate that I used as a "safe" for important stuff. It is still in warranty and totally bricked. I had 2 1TB drives brick in warranty in the last 2 yrs. Yeah, they replaced them, but the data is gone forever. Now, this was my "safe" and it is shot to hell. Going to Houston tomorrow with it to try to get that data back--gonna cost between $400 and $2100!!! Guess what I think of SeacrateCrapblocks? Never again as long as I live! Oh--WD all the way for me. Scott
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Seagate have been shit since Nov 2008.

Dodgy firmware, bricked drives, and massive data loss!

The Terabytes & 1.5T barracudas are worst hit, bought 4 - all have failed!

AVOID!!!
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I have 4 2tb 5900 rpm drives. Three of the 4 give the click of death and the "Seagate Tools" find nothing wrong with them. The temps are correct, I would almost think that it is just some qurk with the hardware except data freezes and slowdowns from the drives mentioned. They have the newer firware etc.

forget trying to go through the process of getting a replacement through Seagate in any reasonable time frame. Dedicate a day or two for the process.
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I'm a big fan of Western Digital drives - I carry at least two with me at all times in my backpack!
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I badly want the new Western Digital RE4-GP.

The first Enterprise class drive with Dual-core, 64MB cache and Intelligent spin-management technology.

Makes me dribble - and then laugh as WD piss on Shitgate from a great height!!!
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I currently use WD RE3 drives for my NAS, although I had such bad experiences with WD HDD controllers. But as the HDD controller in my NAS is not from WD I hope they'll not disappoint me, or I'll be lost.
Will look at the new drives, sounds interesting!
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Both manufacturers have 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year warranty drives. We have both brands at work and I've seen quite a few more failed Seagates than Western Digitals, so if everything was equal, I would choose WD. However, I'd take a 5-year Seagate over a 3-year WD. In my home computers, I only buy 5-year warranty drives.

I'm willing to bet that most everyone who posts "I hate drives" probably had a failed 1-year warranty drive. You can see the difference in price too.

Finally, don't use RE2 and RE3 drives in non-RAID computers. These are designed to be used in RAID arrays and are more likely to give unrecoverable errors in non-RAID use.
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Good point!
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what should I choose SEAGATE or WD?
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dont choose either one, choose Samsung. check the customer reviews.
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I have been buying harddrives for the past eight years, and most of my earlier collection was of maxtor and seagate. the maxtor worked fine until they died long after the warranty expired. the seagate drives had no problems except for me overly abusing them with constant use and reformatting. they lasted fine. as of recently the new market, where seagate bought maxtor, the quality has gone in the toilet. the last seagate i had purchased about 2 or 3 years ago only lasted 3 months for me. i have stuck with western digital and samsung pretty much with all my entire hard drive archive. i have more than 20 terrabytes and have not had much problems at all, but then again with such a large collection drives fail occasionally. the best way to test to see if a brand of hard drive is any good is to but one of each brand and readily abuse them and see which lasts the longest. i am happy with western digital, samsung, toshiba. these i can recommend. hitachi, maxtor seagate, good luck. if you want great quality hard drive for storage and use, use solid state hard drives. their performance and quality are far more better than platter drives.
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Got the Western Digital RE4-GP "Super 2T" HDD - £235 but worth EVERY penny AND guaranteed for 5 years from Ebuyer.com.

I haven't looked back - it is a dream given form!

(did you know the drive heads ACTUALLY slide onto the platter, and retract when the drive is idle and spinning down? Now THAT'S class! LOVE IT!!)

Two fingers to Shitgate!!
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I used to work for Seagate's OKC plant and I will never ever buy another Seagate product. I have purchased a few computers that had Seagate drives in them and they barely lasted until the warrenty was up... I now replace the Seagate drives with anything but Seagate.. I have had very good luck with Western Digital and with several other brands.. even some of the "no-names" are better than the Seagates. Just make sure you are comparing apples to apples on the quality... Seagates hi end drives are better than WD's entry level but not as good as WD's mid level.... Even ZDnet which has a large Seagate ad on the page says "Seagate/Maxtor have a lot of work to do to catch up with Western Digital".
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I just use WD scorpio blue as my external harddisk for just about only a three months, from august to december, and one day it just over heated and failed suddenly! It shows that no signs of detections, no movements on the HDD's engine and no sounds when i hear it just beside my ear. Oh gosh, i never prepare for such incident, never do any backup before at all! For me hard disk like this make me feel disappointed, all of my data (include softwares, songs, movies, photos) hard to recover back again (heart breaking). So, for the next target, i choose to try to use seagate for my friends recommends to me. Hope that it will have "longer" life span than WD HDD. LOL...
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I've had both Seagate and WD drives fail. My opinion is it is luck of the draw.
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I have used them both for years going for the best price. Then, drives starting failing and so I started to pay more attention to quality issues, review and the like. I built a raid array and ordered 5 250GB drives for it. Three of the five were bad! I bought a lacie external drive. It fried a couple of weeks past the 1 year warranty. Every one of the failed drives in the past 4 years were Seagate! I will never buy one again.
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i am computer professional. upto 320gb seagate rock 500gb seagate is terrible have some firmware issues in 1 year i bought 4 for me and 8 for my cutomers all 12 hdds of 500 gb made in diff. counteries like china taiwan with diff. firmawares. all sucks you know what is the meaning (500*12)= 6000 means 6tb approx data of 5tb loss in one year. i will neve buy hdd more or equal than 500gb of seagate. i wd had same fault ratio i dont think so
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Well, the 1.5TB WD EARS 5400 64 meg cache drives kick ass!

Got 3 from ebuyer.com and they average out at about £75 a unit, coolder than the costly 2TB at £245.

It also means I can DOUBLE UP MY PURCHASE, have a back-up, and NEVER worry about any more losses. Got 4 running now 3TB duplicated in archive and very happy with them. 5 year warranties, always honoured.

Poo & ya-boo-sucks to Shitgate! 3 year warranty? DO ME A FAVOUR!!!

(read between the lines, Seagate do not trust their own shite drives and refuse to garantee them for a workable lifespan. They have gone WAY DOWNHIL since they bought out and srewed up Maxtor & culled both their R&D departments)

I used to HATE WEstern Digital and SWEAR by Maxtor & Seagate (still have drives working from 2003 with proper cooling fans and they're lovely backups, unlike the WD of the time - al died) but the balance has DEFINITELY shifted.

Just Google the term "Seagate SD15 firmware bricked" if ya wanna know more.

Shitgate can go take a runnign jump!
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Sorry about punctuation - I write for "The Daily Sport".

And I have Hannah Claydon's number - PHWOOOARRR!!!
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I am unsure about Seagate but I can tell you that Western Digital has the most horrible support of any company i have ever dealt with.
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i have two very bad experience with WD for me seagate was and is better so i buy seagate 640 GB external hard disk last week since my Last 2 external WD hard disk were just stop running last on i bought in 2008 2 years old
WD sucks will never consider it.
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I am sorry to hear that. Western Digital support and hardware gets very bad reviews..
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Using 4 WDEARS1500 5400rpm drives now as well - no probs there either.

Also like Samsung. None have arsefucked me like the Shitgate rubbish last year!

Seagate... a good name 'gone in 60 seconds'.

Just Google "SD15 firmware failure" and/or the term "bricked" if you want more info.

Best,

D
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well i will stick with my own experience for external HD for users like me
WD was a very bad experience. i got before hitachi HD and it lived with me for 6 years, WD really sucks one died after 1 year and the second last 2 years
thats my experience with WD. i lost many many crucial data because of it