[mythtv-users] OT: Seagate to reduce warranties on consumer drives to 3 years from 2009

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 20:20:05 UTC 2008

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 1:54 PM, John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:54 PM, John Drescher <drescherjm at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 11:40 AM, Calvin Dodge <caldodge at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 9:32 AM, Robin Hill <myth at robinhill.me.uk> wrote:
>>>>> I'd guess the change in warranty is more a streamlining measure (with
>>>>> the current economic climate) than a reflection on the quality of the
>>>>> drives.  Definitely worth bearing in mind when looking for new drives
>>>>> though.
>>>> FWIW, my employer's hosting facility swears by Hitachi drives. Since they
>>>> have a few hundred servers, I think their recommendation is more than
>>>> anecdotal in nature.
>>> I have stayed as far away from them as I can being that they bought
>>> IBMs drive division and I had more than my share of dead deskstars. I
>>> guess it has been long enough. If seagate does not want my exclusive
>>> business I can give hitachi a try next big purchase.
>> That silly mentality is what is killing Ford/GM right now. Hitachi
>> does in fact make very very good drives, none of which have the
>> problem that *one hardware revision* in the Deskstars had that gave
>> them the Deathstar nickname. I owned some Deskstars back before the
>> fiasco and they were some of the best drives I ever owned.
> I had over 50 of them before this problem. I generally keep using the
> same manufacturer until they either have a bad batch or some other
> reason (reduced warranty) that drives me to a different manufacturer.
> Before these IBM drives I had purchased a similar number of WD drives.

ah, I always just lived by the "cheaper" rule. Decide what features I
want, buy the cheapest drive. I've since been vindicated, Google's
extensive hard drive report has shown no statistical difference
amongst manufacturers and models (obviously outside issues like the
"deathstar" and the current Seagate 1.5TB model debacle). As such one
will currently find a mix of Samsung, Seagate, Maxtor, WD and Toshiba
drives in my 3 Myth computers, my laptop and my two external drives. I
also currently have 8 drives (1xSeagate, 1xToshiba, 4xMaxtor, 2xWD)
well out of their warranty period that all are running with no errors,
weird noises, etc. That I believe is due to them running in a very
well ventilated case with a quality power supply on UPS and a little
bit of luck.

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