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So excited to consolidate my mess of drives and get a big boost to my storage.

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[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 month ago (2 children)

I second this! I hope you get many years of service from your drive, but I haven't had much luck with Seagate, personally.

[–] LemmySoloHer 2 points 1 month ago (4 children)

Any recommendations for reliable storage? I need new drives but I've put off buying any for years with all the bad reviews and counterfeit products making me weary of any deal that seems too reasonable or model with known issues.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Any recommendations for reliable storage?

Recommendations are difficult, because reliability varies from model to model (even within the same brand) and there is no useful data until a model is more than a few years old. What we can do is follow the data available from an independent source with large sample sizes:

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/category/cloud-storage/hard-drive-stats/

My personal experience over the most recent 15 years:

  • WD mechanical drives generally offer the best balance of longevity, price, and noise among the brands I've tried.
  • Hitachi drives do well on reliability (perhaps better than WD) but can be too loud for a home environment.
  • Seagate drives fail so often that I won't use them any more, unless they're free, second-hand, and given only disposable data.
  • I have no recent experience with Toshiba.
[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 month ago

I just did some reading, and while Seagate drives had problems around 2012 -2016, they seem to work about as well as any other drive now. I'd go for the best deal, personally.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago

I've had WD since 2008 and have never had a drive die on me. My 2008 drive is currently in my system and has a error, its my torrent drive and I had 1.5 Gbit internet and just thrashed the drive and she's still plugging away. Had bought a 18tb WD Red drive and it was DOA and got sent back a UltraStar.

So no matter what YMMV

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago)

Seagate have always worked perfectly for me (knock on wood). And to avoid counterfeits i only buy hard drives from a physical store of a large retailer chain. You'll pay a little bit more, but really only a very little more, and you'll know that what you're buying is an authentic drive that came directly from the manufacturer