Seagate 7200.10 HDDs more reliable ?

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Recently, a friend told me that he'd heard talk (not something
he saw on the net or read in a magazine) that Seagate Barracuda
7200.10 drives are more reliable than their other 7200 rpm
models. Is there any truth to this ?

I already had a general idea about the differences in performance
(quite a bit in some areas and insignificant in many others). Are
there any statistics about their average failure rates, or, in
the absence of that, any word on the streets about it ? Thanks in
advance for any input.

Re: Seagate 7200.10 HDDs more reliable ?

On Sun, 02 Sep 2007 12:41:12 -0700, wrote:

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Not necessarily, rumors of some particular make and model
being worse have been common for years.  Some people think
7200.10 are less reliable.  Some think anything made by
Maxtor is less reliable, even though a large percentage of
maxtors in stores now are actually Seagate 7200.10 drives in
maxtor labeled boxes!  Some people think only Western
Digital are reliable... there isn't really that much
difference, a small percentage of all brands will fail but
if the system it's installed in has some problem, it may
accelerate demise of any drive more quickly.

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It's a lottery.  Most often you win, but there's no
forethought on this that will help, if drive failure is
important then the best you can do is make sure you have
sufficient airflow, good power, and make regular backups of
the data to another drive/device.

Re: Seagate 7200.10 HDDs more reliable ?

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Thanks for the reply, kony. I'm aware that some people make brash
claims about a product from a single experience, but there *are*
certain products that have gained a reputation, good or bad,
from the collective experiences of many users.

For instance, it was evident from numerous reports that Maxtor
drives had a high failure rate some time ago. Don't know how
they've fared since they were bought by Seagate. And I know from
personal experience with a large number of computers that a high
proportion of Samsung CD drives develop a problem with the tray
after a few months of regular use. And then there are products
that have earned a reputation for being almost bullet-proof.

My present concern is not about buying a single HDD for my own
use, but about using a line of products for others.

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IMO the Seagate 10 (perpendicular recording for higher aureal density and
increased read-write speeds) series are fine drives. I bought several when
they first came out and haven't had a single problem (or even a hint of one)
with them.

Now, I can't say the same about Samsung Spinpoint drives but with a sample
size of only 5 drives (two of which 'went bad') it's probably a statistical
anomoly as most sites etc. rate them well.


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A guy in the UK hardware groups, that owns a hard drive data recovery
business, says that Seagates made in China are less reliable than the ones
made in Singapore(?).

And about Maxtor: apparently the Diamondmax 8 and 9 models had a lot of
quality problems, and they lost a lot of money to RMAs, leading to the
Seagate takeover.  Luckily I never bought any of those two models, but I
have had two Diamondmax 10s fail.  My older Maxtors are still going strong;
some of them are nearly 7 years old.


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