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Re: DO NOT BUY Western Digital "Green" Drives (also present in WD "Elements" external USB cases)

On 05/09/11 03:46, shawn wilson wrote:

On Sep 4, 2011 1:28 PM, "Doug" <dmcgarrett@optonline.net
<mailto:dmcgarrett@optonline.net>> wrote:
 > On 09/04/2011 03:41 AM, shawn wilson wrote:
 >> On Sep 4, 2011 3:23 AM, "Miles Bader" <miles@gnu.org
<mailto:miles@gnu.org>> wrote:
 >> >
 >> > lina <lina.lastname@gmail.com <mailto:lina.lastname@gmail.com>>
 >> > > just guess ... �might be wrong, might lots of people coming for WD,
 >> > > so the stores only sold WD.

(lina) Might be WD dumping the old line of drives cheap to make way for the larger drives.... It's common for bulk retailers to offer savings on almost deprecated products (bargain this week, old tech next week).

 >> >


Discs do fail and I look forward to someone posting the fail rate of
different manufacturer discs. However the above statement doesn't seem
to be based on logic.

Detailed data on failure rates is not easy to find - and to be useful it'd have to show test results using drives made throughout the manufacturing time period (some models have been made for many years, externally identical, but internally quite different)


My 2c...

Horses for courses - buying "consumer" products for "enterprise" is, um, not clever.

All manufacturers have dud runs of products (Samsung has a component manufacturer substitute parts).

Aside from dud manufacturing runs and vibration - the most common cause of hard drive failure is under voltage. Buy a decent power supply - I've seen several cases where the hdd manufacturers were being cursed but the multimeter showed <12VDC.

There are less than half a dozen manufacturers of hard drive components - to a certain extent it's like buying washing detergent, so many choices - all from Lever&Kitchen ;-p


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