[conspire] Reliable 1.5TB SATA drives?
Mark S Bilk
mark at cosmicpenguin.com
Sat Jul 24 13:35:09 PDT 2010
What is the most reliable brand and model of 1.5TB SATA
hard drive available today at a reasonable price? High
speed is not important. Tale of -- not woe, but
significant annoyance -- follows:
I was running two Seagate 1TB SATA Barracuda 7200 drives,
one for over a year and one for about 4 months. The latter
died a few days ago, first doing audible (click) recalibrations,
and then being intermittently unable to read out some of its
files. Before it stopped responding I managed to transfer
all but one of the files to one of my two Seagate 1TB
FreeAgent Desk USB external drives (which have worked well
for half a year). The computer is in a large Antec case
with six fans in an air-conditioned room.
So I went to Frys and bought a 1.5TB Barracuda 5900 RPM
internal SATA drive and two 1.5TB FreeAgent Desk drives,
intending to keep two external backups of each internal
The new internal drive is OK (so far), but the external
1.5TB drive that I tried did constant recalibrations,
each time stalling the transfer for about one second.
Once it clicked 27 times in a row! Seagate tech support
suggested trying a different USB cable, as the new drives
are susceptible to EM noise pickup. Changing that cable
stopped the clicking, but after warming up a bit from a
couple hours of data transfer, in a 78deg F air-conditioned
room, some of its files became unreadable. Letting it
cool down and remounting it fixed that, but by now I'm
convinced that Seagate's former excellent quality control
has severely deteriorated. I've used only Seagates for the
last ten years and had no problems with them, but two
failures in two days, one right out of the box, is pretty bad.
Western Digital's Elements external USB drive is only
warranteed for 1 year, so I think I should go with bare
drives and put them in a fan-cooled USB or eSATA enclosure.
But the drive has to be good, hence my initial question.
Thanks in advance!
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