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Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by Madengineer, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. fad

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    Its alot more useful, than;

    I bought a Seagate drive and it failed.

    I bought 4 WD Reds and none failed

    I bought 1 Seagate, 1 WDC, 1 Toshiba, 1 HGST. Only the WDC failed.

    If you want a bigger sample size, google at one point were releasing some data. I think also the LHC might have done the same.
     
  2. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    If you haven't got one already : )

    "5TB Western Digital Elements External Hard Drive $218 @ JB Hi-Fi"

    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/215960

    PM coming your way.
     
  3. KANNIS

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    Haha I picked up the same one at lunchtime today..:thumbup:
     
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    Picked up two today, only cracked one so far but it was red inside. So that a win.
     
  8. GDavid

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    Could you disconnect the HDD and plug it into an MB? Just interested seeing you cracked it is all...
     
  9. sml_nail

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    Does anyone know what the current drive is in the 4TB WD Elements 3.5" Externals by chance?
     
  10. AfterBurner1

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    Cant say for certain but I'll give you the rundown based upon what others have reported.

    WD Externals (3.5")
    Greens (Eco, 5400rpm slow and super patchy for relaibility. never use for NAS or RAID Arrays)

    Reds - Variable Spindle speed, 5400-5900rpm is typically the variance in spindle speed found on these, some what reliable but I've not heard much on 5/6TB versions as of yet.

    Red 'Pro" - "pro" ascribes what lenths you must go to in order to pay for your Maaaaadness of an addiction an abhorrent affliction on your Wallet.
    ok, seriously now, whilst they are more expensive they are higher spec and have better reponse, spindle speed (upto 7200rpm) and are 'best suited for NAS or RAID Array service" according to WD's marketing.... Yet to test.

    Blacks - Top of the Consumer/Prosumer Pile. straight up a 7200rpm beasty, set up for speed resplendant with Largest cache available this side of a SMR 'Archive' Drive. Wildly expensive especially in Aust like the Red and Red Pro's
    have only used the 1 and 2TB models and even those were circa 2011. *hint* would love to get my hands on a few 5TB or 6TB units to test performance in an array.

    OEM spec 5400rpm drives
    Blues - one step up from Green and a damn sight more reliable to boot. not the quickest drives but at least it acts like it is doing your bidding rather than the Greens which can act up and do a great technological vegetable act too.

    Seagate/Samsung:
    mainly normal 5900rpm and 7200rpm from their bulk OEM lines, not great for temps or reliability. I would give these a wide berth.with particular reference to Samsung branded externals I've seen sea gates and sea gates (think ST2000DM001) with the HD204UI sticker put on them, which is in itself thoroughly disappointing.

    Toshiba/Hitachi:
    Hitachi or Toshiba retail drives in an external enclosure(s). all above board and the only brands that keep it that simple. I know many have had good reliable 5+ year reliability with these.
     
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    I believe shucking external drives voids the warranty. Serial number checks come up as invalid/OEM, although it's been a while since I tried.
     
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    Seagate showed my old 4TB drives as being under warranty then it suddenly changes to no warranty. So even if it says they are under warranty, take it with a grain of salt.
     
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    The bare drive has 1 yr warranty on the serial, and the enclosure serial has 3 yr warranty
     

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