Originally Posted by ajhieb
Oh okay. Your first post was a little unclear. You were very clear about hating WD (despite claiming brand preference had no place in the discussion) and it looked to me like you were recommending the Seagate, and saying things like "If you must get a WD brand because of some inner compulsion..." which doesn't exactly sound like a ringing endorsement.
I don't hate WD very much at all personally. I am HDD brand agnostic. I do hate that so many blindly follow them a lot more, and that their products are not superior in any way to demand higher prices. I'm not sure why that bothers me but it does. I think you misconstrue my personal dislike for that as hate for WD products. My comments were more suggesting that action is silly and unhelpful and in error. You can't judge a HDD in terms of reliability by the brand that makes it. It's ignorant to think that. Even if a brand had a problem in the past, it's totally not representative in any way of the user experience you might get if you bought one today. With PC electronics they change so quick by the time you can form an opinion it all gets turned upside down. The hard drive you might be angry about from 5 years ago isn't made today, so if you buy something out of emotion based on that today and end up spending more on something less good it just seems really stupid to me. A hard drive is a hard drive.
None of the old technology is even in play any more. And in terms of modern tech (like newer tracking systems, 1TB platters etc ) Seagate has actually been doing it longer and doing it more. Seagate 1TB platters have been out for years now with dominant sales, great reviews and user feedback. If Seagate once sucked at 5 generation old technology I'm not sure it would even matter today... would it ?
I think WD sucks today at the current technology. They are generally pretty slow and often cost more. Two things I hate. But at the same price or lower they can be attractive. For $15 cheaper I'd take that WD GREEN over the Seagate; most of the choice is because it's $15 cheaper.
The other thing I totally hate about WD today is they "specialize" so much and they do such a good job at marketing that they mislead consumers and make it difficult to understand. I know that this is intentional to make more money and higher margins on WD part and I don't really agree with it. They present certain information, and they don't make easily available other information- hoping it will direct consumers into purchasing the higher margin product. I can't tell you how many times I see a thread or a PM asking about a WD RED drive for internal HTPC storage. There is simply no reason you need to spend extra on a RED for basic HTPC internal storage. I got a PM today asking this, and I get or see this almost daily. It gets under my skin. I feel bad for the people spending more on the RED product because WD marketing has misled them to believe it's "better" or "premium" or it might last longer or work better. You don't need RAID support and TLER settings or the WD firmware settings in a basic HTPC or PC storage set up so why spend more over a standard BLUE or GREEN ????
It amazes me how much extra people pay for the WD RED just for the firmware. I should open a side business buying GREEN WD drives, flashing the firmware to RED firmware and changing the color of the label and collecting the difference in price. I'd be rich beyond dreams if I could be as effective at selling people that as WD does.
Originally Posted by assassin
I have been saying there is no difference for HTPC media playback/storage for literally years. I am not sure why this is even debated to be honest. Just buy the cheapest one you can find as the bottom line is absolutely no one knows anything about reliability on any of these.
+1. I agree. Buy the cheaper one. If WD is cheaper get that. If Seagate is cheaper get that. If Hitachi is cheaper then get that. If Toshiba is cheaper.... yup you get it.
Only if they are the same price or very close does the small differences matter. If they are close in price usually you want to look at performance, warranty, etc.. as a better way to disinguish one from another than past experience, gut feeling, or emotional brand preference.