integspec wrote:When it comes to HDD, it could only be SG. It used to be Quantum for me long time ago. When Maxtor took over Quantum, I switched to SG and never looked back. Didn't think Maxtor was bad, but at that time I had mostly worked with Quantum and Seagate. WD has the highest percentage of failures in my experience (Anybody remember that HP, Compaq and few other vendors had to change WD PC HDDs in batches years ago?) . Additionally, all of you guys who come from Wintel or other server backgrounds would know that server manufacturers always go for Seagate.
Experiences from "years ago" do not always translate down the line to current performance/reliability. By the way, I do remember Compaq having this problem with Quantum, but not WD (most of the problem at that time stemmed from those horrible Bigfoot drives, which were just as vulnerable to shock as they were to head or motor failure, all stemming from those massive 5.25" platters they used).
I'll easily say I've had a better record with Western Digital drives than any other manufacturer. They're not whisper-quiet (though far quieter than Maxtor at least until Maxtor went with fluid bearings) their performances is good though perhaps not top-end (apart from the Raptor drives), and they're reasonable price. Samsung has been horrible in my experience, Seagate's been average to slightly below, and Maxtor has been middle-of-the-pack. The only poor experience I've seen with Western Dig. is their early "Expert" 7200rpm drives which were IBM designs, and were only available for about a year. WD designed their own 7200rpm Expert and Caviar drives, taking care of the issues.
Server drives are enterprise, and in NO WAY do they represent what you buy for a consumer desktop. After all, Fujitsu is a common and decent server HDD choice; doesn't mean I'd buy their desktop drives. Enterprise drives generally have a five-year warranty and the company's reputation as a business rides on them, leading to much higher quality control standards than on desktop drives. This isn't a valid comparison.