I need to purchase a new hard drive to add to my HTPC. I would really prefer to add an internal HD to my computer, than use an external HD. I have 2 spots left in my HTPC that I can fill with internal HDs. I have previously been buying only Samsung 2TB internal HDs. I love them. I haven't had a single one die on me. Unfortunately, Samsung has been absorbed into Seagate.
So even if I buy the same Samsung 2TB, I'm really buying a Seagate. Plus, I want to start buying either 3TB or 4TB hard drives instead. So I really have no choice but to try out either Seagate or Western Digital.
I have been looking at 4TB hard drives, and the prices are still terrible. The best price I can get is a Hitachi 4TB Deskstar Internal Hard Drive
on J&R for $270; actually $255 if I use the coupon code: MEMORIALDAY. The code is good on all purchases of $150 and up at J&R.
But I can get a Seagate 4TB GoFlex Desk External Drive - Drive Only
for $190 ($175 after coupon code). I was thinking about buying this and cracking it open to harvest the internal hard drive. I would then pop it into my HTPC and format it. My concern is that I don't know what hard drive is inside of this thing. There may even be two 2TB hard drives inside of it, for all I know. I'm also concerned about voiding the warranty. If the thing dies after I pop it open, I'm screwed. I pretty much have to pop this one open if I buy it, because I can't even use it as an external HD, unless I also buy a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk Desktop Adapter for it.
My other option is to buy a Seagate 4TB GoFlexDesk V2 USB 3.0
for $200 (185 after coupon code). Unlike the above HD, this one is ready to use as an external HD. So I was thinking about keeping it in it's enclosure at first. I would format the HD and then use it as an external HD for maybe 3 months. If it survives that long, I would then crack it open and use it as an internal HD. Or am I voiding it's warranty just by formatting it?
How hard is it to crack open these external HDs? And with the atrocious failure rate of hard drives, am I nuts to even be considering this? If I do go through with this, which hard drive should I buy?