[mythtv-users] MB fried - suggestions to replace or upgrade?

matthew.garman at gmail.com matthew.garman at gmail.com
Tue Mar 27 16:30:59 UTC 2007

On Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 03:33:16PM +0100, Stroller wrote:
> There are some opinions on hard-drives in this Usenet thread. Odie  
> Ferrous does data recovery for a living, and my customers & I have  
> both been satisfied with his work.
> ...
> <http://groups.google.com/group/uk.comp.homebuilt/browse_frm/thread/ 
> 17365eb4e5a2b6/>

I believe hard drives are the luck of the draw these days,
regardless of manufacturer.  If you look long enough, you'll find
statements like the above to support or oust *any* brand.
Recently, two drive reliability studies have been published, one by
Google and I forget who did the other one.  IIRC, no one brand was a
standout for better or worse.

I used to swear by Seagate, but my recent ones run hot and generate
a lot of SMART errors, even though they actually seem to be okay.
Only a few years ago, I RMA'd several Western Digitals, but now I've
got 4x400GB "RE2" WD drives that have been very robust, surviving
several case migrations; one of them even got dropped onto a wood
floor from a distance of about 18 inches.

My general thoughts: don't count on hard drives being a "safe"
storage mechanism (either have good backups or 3x redundancy); buy
for value (lowest price with best warranty+silence features).

My $0.02,

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