dealsseagate barracuda 2tb 3.5" internal hard drive…

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The newegg email said the deal is good until 02/13/2012.

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Tried to order, it didn't work

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@revjonathan: You have to use the coupon code: EMCNHNC42

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It's an incredible deal. I already have 2 of these in my DS411j. They run very cool. I just ordered another one using this deal. I would have bought two, but the deal appears to be available only for one drive (PER DAY?).

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@myersco: Found this in the fine print.

"Promo codes may not be combined with other promo codes on a single item and can only be used once per registered account."

Sounds like it can only be used once.

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@cfalgas: I did, but it wasn't the problem. It was actually my fault for not reading. You have to sign up for the newsletter to get it! Did that and it worked.

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UPDATE: I received this message when I tried to order a second one later:

"This email notification has been sent to inform you that one or more items placed on the below specified order has exceeded its quantity limit allowance within its 48-hour quantity restriction period."

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I wouldn't trust Seagate drives with any important data. The failure rate is crazy.

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Wish I could get deals on these I need 4 to replace the 500GB drives in my ReadyNAS NV+

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@tehmark: I think you are confusing Seagate with Western Digital. Anyone who knows computer hardware, knows the current failure rates on WD is just horrible. We've all gone to more reliable drives. Seagate is one of them. I wouldn't even store rap music on a WD.

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seagate vs WD - more comments welcome...Also, if anyone have idea as to better drive, please share your views too... I am in the market for an external drive (reliable!!)

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@wootagonist -- I used to be a huge fan of WD's drives, but I will no longer let my department purchase their 3.5" models. They've had an astonishingly high failure rate over the last couple of years. Their 2.5" drives are still treating me just fine...but for 3.5" drives, it's Hitachi or Seagate for me.

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@tehmark: @gruverja: @ringo4422: Both WD and Seagate drives fail and there has been an industry wide increase in hard drive failure rates, so its not just one company.

Now the reason why most of my drives are WD and not seagate is not that WD makes better drives or they were cheaper, but when a drive fails WD gets me a replacement in 3 days and costs me only $8, while a seagate drive used to cost me $30 for the same service (now $10)

If I needed more hard drives I would buy a couple of these, but I stocked up this past summer when it was costing me $60 for a 2Tb drive new.

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@weatherlightthe2: I haven't had a Seagate fail on me yet--but I may just be lucky so far. I do prefer Hitachi units, I must say. And I hope others will post here about what drives they've had luck with (or not)--the greater cross-section of experiences we can get, the better purchasing decisions we all can make.

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absolutely weatherlight...enlightenment makes us all better...

Its not only the hard earned bucks that matter...its the nightmare once when it crashes...well its...nightmarish. I had a seagate crash on me which had a lot of home videos of my beautiful kids...needless to say I am heartbroken...so I am going to be very careful to buy the next one..

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@gruverja: I deal with 100's of hard drives every day. Most failures will be seen right away. I have some hard drives from WD, Seagate and Maxter that I personally use that are past that 10 year mark and have never caused an issue.

I have not had good experiences with Hitachi desktop drives or their RMA department so I tend to avoid them (haven't bought one of their drives in 3+ years) however their laptop drives have never given me an issue.

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@wootagonist: "I had a seagate crash on me which had a lot of home videos of my beautiful kids...needless to say I am heartbroken...so I am going to be very careful to buy the next one.."

What you need next time is to backup as no brand is going to be infallible.

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@bubbawheat: All hard drives crash eventually some sooner then others. This is why you make backups or run some kind of raid configuration so you are prepared when it fails.

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I've only ever had Seagate drives fail on me after the 3 year mark. Really, for anything that is on 24/7 constantly moving and working to last 3+ years is kind of asking a lot considering the prices of consumer drives. Also, the Seagate drives that failed on me were always running hot due to small enclosures with poor cooling (my fault, not theirs).

I haven't touched a brand other than Seagate for years just because I tend to buy whatever is the best performance drive at the time. It just happens to be that the last 4 times I have purchased drives, Seagate was on the top of the charts. My 1.5tb 7200 Seagate is not much slower than my 60gb SSD at loading programs, it almost makes me regret using an SSD/HD system.

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I used to fight about hard drive brands, then I took an arrow in the knee.

But seriously, the fail rate has more to do with the model and when it was made than the brand.

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Like others of said, all hard drives fail; none last forever.

That said, over the past 15 years, in a very unscientific study (since model, system, and usage have varied), I have had a handful of Maxtors and WDs fail, only one Seagate fail, and no Samsung Spinpoints fail. My Spinpoints are what I use for data right now; they have been going for nearly 3 years and have had the heaviest usage of any HD I've ever owned. They are handling RAID5 without burning up and run fast and quiet.

TLDR: Samsungs are great, but back up anyway.

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@weatherlightthe2: Thanks for a professional opinion. It's hard to find sometimes when emotions over lost data are concerned. :)

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I think I'm going to check compatability of these with my NAS once I get home. This is a great deal and I'm looking to expand/backup after some drive issues in my NAS.

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The last time I bought a 2TB hard drive was early 2011. I came here to say "how is this a deal"? Last time I was shopping for hard drives, this drive (or one very similar, anyway) sold for about $80 at Newegg, going as low as $60 with rebates and sales. I just browsed their 2TB hard drives now and holy $%^#, the prices have gone WAY up.

I had no idea the flood overseas had affected hard drive prices so severely. Apparently these high prices are likely to last a least a year or two. Man, I wish I had stocked up when I had the chance.

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@wootagonist: I know how painful that can be... many of my childhood pictures were destroyed.

All: never trust any hard drive ever. Not even SSDs (especially not SSDs!)
RAID only goes so far, between failure rates and the "RAID5 hole", you're best off with a ZFS system to store your critical data (with snapshots, and backups).

Don't believe me? Read these two articles:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/08/10/21/2126252/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/systems/opensolaris/data-rot-jsp-135610.html

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@glabifrons: I'm not sure the average user should be using RAID5 in the first place.

All of my files are stored on a RAID1 array and I make periodic backups on an external drive which is kept at the office.

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@rmonacelli: Even RAID1 is useless for some of the scenarios described in the articles I linked.
ZFS was designed with the idea that you should trust nothing... not the platters, the drive circuitry, the cabling, the host controller, the memory, cache, etc.
Every bit is checksummed and rebuilt if necessary.
RAID1 will read from the first available drive and only read from the other if the drive reports an error.

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I bought 4 hard drives on the same day on Black Friday 2010 - a WD 500GB pocket external, a WD 2TB external, a 1.5TB Seagate external, and a 1TB Iomega external.

The WD's are still going strong. The 1.5 seagate clicked out of the box and was replaced the next day. The replacement Seagate died three days ago. I just took the plastic off the Iomega box and it's totally clicktastic. I opened the enclosure... and it's a seagate drive.

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Can anyone give us some hard data on hard drive failure rate. I've had one Seagate internal go bad in 10 years, and it was 7 years old. I have a WD that's 9 yrs and still going. I have no strong preference for one brand over another, but I'd like to get the most reliable drive I can.

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in for one with 3 yr replacement warranty

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Same hard drive (model, etc) available on Amazon now for 109.99, without having to use a discount code, and without the quantity limit.

Amazon reviews suggest it's a decent drive, 64MB cache, but with large startup power requirements, and possibly slower bootup due to slower time to spin up to speed. Perfect for a NAS which stays on all the time, probably not so great for a desktop if you use aggressive power saving settings or reboot frequently.

I'm just glad to see these coming down in price again...