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Old 01-11-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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1.5 TB external Drive for $70.-

Newegg has this Seagate external for $70.- including shipping.

P.S. Oops, forgot to put in the link :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-22148886-L0C
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Is this known to work with Tivos? If so which ones?
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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Is this known to work with Tivos? If so which ones?
It is a USB drive and does not work with any TiVos. But it does seem like a good price.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Is't that a little high for a USB 2.0 drive? I just picked up a 1.5TB , USB 3.0 drive from BestBuy for $10 more.
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I will resist buying Seagate, again.



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Old 01-11-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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I will resist buying Seagate, again.

Forever.
Why ? care to elaborate ? Thanks I ordered one to replace one I dropped a few times. I use it to record fro FTA boxes. Work great. The drive is good, the one a dropped, but the associated external circuit gave up.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:32 PM   #7
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Why ? care to elaborate ?
Speaking for myself, I experienced 100% failure with their 7200.11 drives. Then 100% failure of the warranty replacements. When I received the second set of warranty replacements, they all went on eBay.

Seagate drives are off my list permanently.
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Why ? care to elaborate ? Thanks I ordered one to replace one I dropped a few times. I use it to record fro FTA boxes. Work great. The drive is good, the one a dropped, but the associated external circuit gave up.
Read the reviews.

Seagate dropped quality control off the cliff when acquired Maxtor.

I've had many Seagate drive DOAs. I just sent back an external to Amazon when I reconsidered that the risk wasn't worth it.

Go with the Western Digital or Silicon externals with WD drives.

Ain't much that's worse than losing 1TB of stuff.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #9
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I use drives like they're candy at work. I normally buy Western Digital Caviar Black drives. I had to buy one in an emergency a couple years ago. It was a Seagate 2.0 TB drive (don't remember the model, just a consumer 7200 RPM SATA model). So far, through at least 30 drives in the past two years, that Seagate is the ONLY drive to fail on me. Yeah, Seagate is a bad word in my lab.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:04 PM   #10
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Not a very good price anymore.. since 3 TB drives are in the $130 range now on sale.
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Speaking for myself, I experienced 100% failure with their 7200.11 drives. Then 100% failure of the warranty replacements. When I received the second set of warranty replacements, they all went on eBay.

Seagate drives are off my list permanently.
In my use I've had zero percent failure with the Seagate 5900rpm drives. I'm currently using several dozen of them in my WHS and two unRAIDs and have not had any issues in the 1.5 years to 2 years I've been using them. They have been just as reliable as the dozens of WD green drives I've been using the last four or five years.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:52 PM   #12
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YMMV, as always. I had four 1T Seagate drives crap out all at once one wonderful day. The array was RAID6, but with only 2 parity drives, that still meant the entire array (12T) went ker-flop! Of course, I had backups, and eventually I was able to recover the data from the drives, but it still was an annoying problem. I've also had Hitachi and WD drives fail, not to mention Maxtor, Datascribe, CDC, etc. Hard drives do three things: read data, write data, and eventually fail.
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Four drives failing simultaneously sounds like some kind of outside influence caused it. I've known people that have had multiple drives die in the past, but it was always something from the PC or enclosure that caused the multiple failures.

I could even see a bad batch of drives failing early, but the odds that they would all fail on their own at the exact same time without any outside influence seems pretty high. Unless there was some error in the code in the drive or something that caused an issue after a certain number of hours and all the drives reached that number at the same time.
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If you want to know what manufacturers themselves think of their drives, look at how long their warranties used to be and how much shorter they are now.
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Anybody got a new iMac?
Is Apple still installing Seagate drives? Bet not.
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The drives are sold out at Newegg. Will see how it works out.

Thanks for the debate everyone
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:03 PM   #17
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If you want to know what manufacturers themselves think of their drives, look at how long their warranties used to be and how much shorter they are now.
I guess they are two, three, and five year warranties now instead of three and five year? Or are any drives down to only a one year warranty?
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I guess they are two, three, and five year warranties now instead of three and five year? Or are any drives down to only a one year warranty?
How much is any warranty worth if you lose 1TB of your stuff?

It's like "If your safe gets cleaned out we'll send you a new safe."
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A long warranty implies a drive with a lower failure rate, or at least a lower failure rate during that time, or a company willing to take the risk that they can afford the return rate over the longer period.

In this day and age give then amount of digital data we all have it makes sense to have some sort of backup, ideally automatic and off site.
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How much is any warranty worth if you lose 1TB of your stuff?

It's like "If your safe gets cleaned out we'll send you a new safe."

They certainly can't warranty your data. Any data that is important should have multiple backups.

So far, after using over a couple hundred hard drives over the last twenty years, I've yet to have a hard drive die while in use with data on it. I've had a couple DOA before and a couple that were screwed from user error(I broke part of the connector off). Even my 20+ year old 20MB hard drive still works in my ancient PC with an 8088 processor.

Although I guess I can only beat the odds for so long.
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Why ?
Anecdotal evidence.

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How much is any warranty worth if you lose 1TB of your stuff?

It's like "If your safe gets cleaned out we'll send you a new safe."
Apples and oranges. Data can and should be backed up. Safe contents aren't always such.

Granted, it's still a hassle to deal with a dead drive but if it's important then back it up.

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Warranty length is just warranty length. It's not the same thing as MTBF.

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I guess they are two, three, and five year warranties now instead of three and five year? Or are any drives down to only a one year warranty?
Several Seagate models went from 5 year to 1 year practically overnight.

Many of the WD Caviar Greens went from 3 year to 2 year.

You almost can't find an external from anybody with a warranty longer than 1 year.
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Several Seagate models went from 5 year to 1 year practically overnight.

Many of the WD Caviar Greens went from 3 year to 2 year.

You almost can't find an external from anybody with a warranty longer than 1 year.
The Toshiba drives are three year. I just picked up a couple of USB 3.0 drives from them. All their external drives I looked at still have three year warranties.
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Every hard drive manufacturer has had their share of failures.

This drive seems expensive considering the price on hard drives has finally been dropping as of late.
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