dealswhite label 3tb intellipower 64mb cache 3.5" hard…

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Nice price. But as much as people bash Seagate, I can't imagine them being thrilled with a no-name brand either.

FYI, the Seagates are the same price. Check out my deals. I posted it a few days ago. If it's expired, just keep an eye on it. It'll be back soon.

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@firebirdude: Yeah, thanks! I actually saw that one you found for $127.49, when I was looking to see if anyone had posted this. Really solid. I've always been a Western Digital buyer due to having such success with their product, consistently...but I gotta say, Seagate, for the past three months, has been beating Western Digital with affordability left and right!

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Looks like a Western Digital Caviar Green WD30EZRX. $154.99 + tax and shipping @ Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136874

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easy to identify it as a western digital by the enclosure. probably a double refurbished or 3rd party refurb. Nowadays it makes more sense to just invest in better backups than better drives, so this is probably a good deal. Make sure your controller can handle 3TB, a LOT of them can't. Our supplier accidentally sent us one of the 2.5TB wd's recently and it wouldn't detect in ANY of the enclosures we had on hand.

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Also, don't forget what you are buying the HD for... If it's for backup on something really important, don't go with a white-label.. Get a HD that has a reputation, it's just not worth it losing valuable data. A year ago or so, when the bad floods happened in Thailand, HD prices went way up, now they are mellowing out again. If you can, try and look up serial numbers on the drive to see what factory they were made in, and the date of production. If something looks phishy, then go name brand. "Better safe than sorry."

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Just wanted to add that if you have a Drobo or NAS, be wary of the drive brand. Some of them (i.e. WD Green) don't respond in time to the controller (because they have a long seek time when waking up) and the unit deems the drive bad. It is very annoying.

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I've had two 2 TB WD Caviar Green drives fail on me within a year of purchase. Plus, the "green" drives don't work in external "always on" configurations (ie: an external drive attached to a server) as they go to sleep to save power. Meanwhile, I'm running 6 2TB Seagates (one may be a Hitachi) and haven't had any problems (so far.)

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I have a number of WD greens here but I run a homemade script that monitors drive health and it does not allow the drives to sleep. You might want to try that. I don't trust SMART to catch a failing drive. I'm a PC tech and I've seen over 500 bad hdds in my time and only around 5% of the time does SMART toggle before there's a severe problem. Slow continuous incremental surface scans are the most effective early-warning system possible, and they prevent "smart" drives from sleeping.