I just joined and I'm happy to be here.
To start things off, I am finishing up a new build that I've been doing. Right now, I've been doing a lot of research into HDDs and well, I can't seem to make my my mind about these things.
The top two contenders are basically the Western Digital Caviar Black drives, anywhere from 1TB - 3TB versus the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 (model) drives, again with the same size.
In terms of performance and functionality the two drives are almost identical, as far as I know.
The catch comes from these things that I've read/learned:
-WD has superior warranty (5 years vs. 2 years on Seagates)
-WD has a smaller rate-of-failure, at least recently.
-Seagate drives are much cheaper, possiby due to the shorter warranty (or maybe they are just worse?)
-There seem to be more complaints regarding recent Seagate drives, on various reviews, youtube videos, and forums (OCN, etc).
-On the flipside, some people still swear by Seagate and claim that WD sucks. I simply regard most of these as emotional hearsay. From what I've read, the rate-of-failure should be approximately the same for both companies... or is it?
-Most of the complaints against Seagate and failed drives were from the 7200.11 to 7200.12 models, as far as I know. Past that, there seemed to be less complaints, but it still exists. Just remnants of paranoia from the past?
For easy references, on TigerDirect:
- WD Caviar Black 2TB - $175 USD
- Seagate Barracuda 3TB - $150 USD
If it helps, I have a SSD, and these drives will be in a RAID 1 configuration. Your thoughts on this matter are appreciated.