Posted 02 July 2014 - 08:47 AM
Any drive can fail. Personally I think it's more to do with the handling the drives have had between factory and user. Enterprise drives tend to be sold as bare drives, so you're at the mercy of the spotty teenager in the warehouse not dropping the drive in to the bottom of a shipping box, or the delivery driver not drop-kicking the box in to his van.
I tend to buy drives that are retail boxed - at least then they have a proper package round them, and they might survive the transit. I also buy a lot of external drives and pull the mechanism out of those. I have a LOT of Seagate drives I've 'shucked' from external drives, and they're all working perfectly. I've got an old 3TB BarracudaXT that's been running like a champ for years, and it came out of a Backup Plus external box.
Yes, retail boxed are a little more expensive, but it saves a lot of hassle in the long run.
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Workstation: Homebrew i3-4350, 16GB, 256GB Crucial M4, 3TB Barracuda XT, Win8.1 Pro
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