Originally Posted by flocko
Your not completely reading my post .
I used the data from the study (Tom's 2010) AND the information from reliable human accounts and made a strong decision to NEVER purchase a Seagate Hdd . Oh , and they can discount the hell out of them all they want which they always do and it STILL aint gonna happen in this house !! I use price as a criteria as well but I use that criteria in both directions . I rarely purchase the cheapest product based on just that .... cheap !!
I also think that trying to mix the opinions of reliability studies between two totally different subjects is not comparable.
Truthfully , as far as hdds go , I would purchase in this order 1) Samsung f4 2) WD and 3) Hitachi . Never owned a Hitachi as pricing is always prohibitive.
I understand what your saying even that I don't agree with it.
I guess I just feel that it the pace pc technology and products change : what used to be isn't necessarily how it is now.
Thus I don't put much into the past .. Since I don't feel it's correlates directly to the present.
So I look at the current landscape and make my decision on that data.
I know any HDD brand could have an issue or problem but unless I'm buying that specific model at that specific time I question how that information is relevant to a purchase decision.
Given your example above and trying to keep with your perceived mental assessment of HDDs drives lets imagine the following scenario.
Samsung has been tops in reliability and performance for past few years. Seagate had some issues and ranked below Samsung in both performance and reliability. a few years later both companies had significant mergers with other HDD companies and both companies launch entirely new products. In these totally new products... The Seagate 3tb gets great reviews in almost every category and is higly praised for many improvements and design. It sells well for 6 months with great feedback. The Samsung new model has some sma glitch and gets a bit if negative feedback on the new model. Additionally it's a bit more expensive too.
Which would you buy ? Would you stick with your original preference ?
And most importantly isn't this exactly what happens and has happened in current PC product landscape ?
I just don't put much credit into the areas you do because I don't think it's a good representation of my own personal reality and experience.
We can agree to disagree. It's ok.
But when you make comments like "not in this house it ain't gonna happen" it's obvious there's a "feeling" there. Just realize your feeling might not be some one else's reality.
Brand recommendations based on personal feeling and bias should be presented and explained as such. That's my opinion. Its ok to oresent them but presenting them as fact or using irrelevant data to scare somone away from one choice and align with your own choice is wrong.
And please realize I'm generalizing here and not saying your doing that. It's just example of the stuff I see here.. And in particular the stuff I see about the Crucial over last 12months around here.
It's much less pronounced on the other products so I tend to ca it out less: but nonetheless it exists across tons of products. Brand preference and loyal fans and owners is great but let's not mix facts and opinions is all I'm saying.