Originally Posted by assassin
So do you buy only Enterprise drives? Because that's the only way you aren't getting a "budget" drive.
The hard drive companies all use many of the same internal parts which is why the Thailand floods were so devastating on hard drive supplies from all Vendors. Even within a particular manufacturer they use the many of the same parts between product lines (Green, Red, Black for example) with the major differences being their controllers and firmware.
I used to, yes. When I was in the market for drives again I was shopping for RE4's but the economy and the floods made them "unreasonably expensive" in my opinion.
I also wasn't building HTPC's or media servers - just games - so I had been buying ssd's for purely speed-based reasons. Random storage was on RE3 drives (which I have and still function to this day, flawlessly) or on velociraptors.
Back when I first started playing with PC builds a HDD was a HDD - the only real difference available to the consumer market was brand. WD was great, seagate was loved by some and hated by others - but generally had higher failure rates than WD, and Maxtor was junk. Hitachi, Toshiba and the others were there but not in the volume or availability of the others.
So, when they started launching black, blue, green and red drives (still recent by my reckoning) I looked at them and bought RE3's and another pair of velociraptors to RAID 0. OS went to vertex2, as did games. Then I updated to vertex3, and vertex4 for my OS in my rig, while moving a vertex2 into my wife's rig with one of the velociraptors that I didn't need raid 0'd anymore.
When i look at the reviews online and I see 50% of the reviews (or even 25%) with DOA or "failed in 3 weeks" or whatever out of 500 reviews and it's 2-3 stars out of 5, I avoid it.
This is why I moved on to hitachi 7200 rpm and seagate 7200 rpm drives for my media server. Maybe I will be ok, maybe I won't - but I can't justify saving $50 per drive with the potential headaches they bring. My time is more valuable to me than that - not even considering the stuff that is stored on them.
While I realize that functionally the risks are the same, and understand that some batches are good and some are bad, I've stuck by the "buy once, cry once" methodology for everything I own and it's done well by me, and in 17 years I've never had a hard drive or ssd fail. My 2gb WD drive did eventually develop bad sectors before I replaced it, but I used it with bad sectors for a couple years.
"They don't make them like they used to" holds true. So now, I shop and learn from others mistakes so I don't have to make my own.
I just wish that enterprise drives weren't $150 over the standard 7200rpm drives. Double the price puts it outside my comfort zone for the sheer number of drives I plan to buy.
I'm sure my opinion would be different if I built pc's for a living and had to make money off drives by marking them up..I'm sure the benefit outweighs the cost in that circumstance. However, the drives I use store stuff I care about, so it's not acceptable to me to just "replace the drive".Edited by goros - 3/5/13 at 10:21am