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Which external hard drive to pick? Western Digital or Seagate?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by RCML27, Dec 31, 2009.

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  1. RCML27

    RCML27 Thread Starter

    May 25, 2006
    Can someone knowledgeable help me by telling me which of the following 3 external hard drives would be the better choice in terms of value and reliability.

    1) Western Digital 1TB My Book Essential, 2 year warranty,
    WDBAAF0010HBK -113.99
    2) Western Digital 1.5TB My Book Home Edition, 3 year warranty,
    WD15000H1CS - 139.99
    3) Seagate 1.5TB Free Agent, 5 year warranty,
    ST315005FDB2E1 - 139.99

    I don't really need the included security software or backup software since I will just save the files that I want to be saved. If the choice was just between these 3, which would it be? I tried doing a google search and reading customer reviews on retailer sites, but it is very confusing. Some people will have good things to say and others will have bad things to say about each one. A friend of mine told me to keep #2 since he and a few other people he knows have owned and still own several Western Digital external drives with no problems.
    Thanks for the help. :confused:
  2. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    I've always had good performance from WD hard drives. Seagate, on the other hand, has not been so good. I've had one bad right out of the box and another failed after about 1 month. They replaced them under warranty of course, but such performance does not inspire confidence in future reliability. Haven't bought another one since.

    I'd go with WD.

  3. RCML27

    RCML27 Thread Starter

    May 25, 2006
    Thanks for the quick reply, raybro. Can I hear some more comments and experiences from other members please.
  4. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
    It's a tossup, in my experience. Go for cost and warranty.
  5. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    I'll go along with raybro. While I have nothing to support it but my own experience, and reviews can be written by anyone to say anything, even by the companies themselves, and I don't have unbiased, hard stats, I have had far more failures and "out-of-the-box" DOA's with Seagate.
  6. lifeessence


    Jul 4, 2007
    I'm all for WD. Never had one fail (hell I've never had a hard drive fail (yet)) and this is from someone who owns and uses 6 of them, even a 1GB one that was made in 1996 and still chugging along quite happily. Never owned a seagate though so can't give you a good comparison.
  7. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
    There's a big advantage of Building your own ..

    I'd go with one of the 5 year warranty versions to put in the Enclosure ...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...50014 50001306 103530090&name=Western Digital

    And while ordering the parts ... This backup software is extremely handy to "Image" your operating systems ...

    Be sure to format your External .. NTFS ... (Fat32 doesn't like large files)

    I had one once with the included software .. That messed up my Computer .. Never again.

    I had one fail once .. It had a sector go bad.
    I had another that got wiped clean when the operator goofed :eek:
    For this reason .. I build Two at a time.
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