Originally Posted by rc05
If it's any consolation, your WD Raptor is still going strong with me
Hey wait I lied. That's the only HDD I never RMA before... I have owned a WD and not RMA it.
Those are extra beefy though. I had the first generation raptors (before Velociraptors) in both 74gb and 150gb sizes in RAID0 for OS drives and those ran 24/7 for 5 years. The first ones died at 4 years and 11.5 months (no *****) and had like 14 days of warranty left on the 5 year warranty when I RMA-ed them.
The 150GB models I RMA about 4 years in and sold the replacements, only one of them was funky but I RMA both anyways and sold them.
That 300GB velociraptor I bought some time after those first ones because it was fast (10k rpm) and 300GB was about the perfect size for my MP3 collection back then. I only used that one for mp3 storage. It was a nice drive.
I really liked all the raptors and velociraptors I owned. I would recommend them to anyone. Very good performance. Very durable. Very good warranty (5 years is great!) But they are also expensive. Twice the price of normal drives, you get what you pay for. Not a great solution for holding ripped MKV movies at all.
I used to be a major WD fanboy. Raptors were the original cause of that. Then I had some black and Green drives fail on me which made me second guess them for a while. These days I realize it's just ***** luck, and all hard drives are the same.
Seagate, Hitachi, WD, Toshiba.. they are all the same basically. Hard drive is a hard drive. I like good deals, that way I don't feel bad when they crap out. I haven't had any worse luck buying cheaper drives like the Toshiba and Seagate 3TB's which sell under $100 all the time than I have with drives twice the price that theoretically should be more durable. I used to buy the "best" hard drives when I was a big gamer building gamer machines but now I just buy the good deals.