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Help me buy a Hitachi 2TB 3.5" 5400-5900 RPM HD!

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Hi guys,


I heard that Hitachi HDs are reliable and durable and I wanted to try one for external backup storage of important files.


Some of you guys recently mentioned these 2 models:

1. Hitachi HDS5C3020ALA632 2TB 5940 RPM

I think it is discontinued now, it's very rare to find new, and it's very expensive, I'm not sure if it's worth it.


2. Hitachi HDS5C3020BLE630 2TB 5700 RPM (aka Toshiba DT01ABA200?)

It is also very rare to find new, and it's very expensive, I'm also not sure if it's worth it.


Even if I find a new and never used HD from these 2 models it's probably manufactured a long time ago and has been sitting unused for many years, can that be a bad thing?



I read that since a few years ago Hitachi is owned by Toshiba.

So now if I want to try a Hitachi HD, should I be looking at the current Toshiba HDs?


I found this HD from Toshiba:

3. Toshiba E300 HDWA120 2TB, 5700 RPM, reasonable price

What do you guys think of this model? Anyone had any experience with it? Is it designed by Hitachi's Deskstar design team?



Is there any other Hitachi 2TB 3.5" 5400-5900 RPM HD model that I missed?

Which model should I buy?



Thanks for your time guys, any advice is more than welcome.

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Hi continuum, thanks for replying.

I checked the 3 models from your link: H3IK20003254SJ, H3IK20003254SE and H3IK20003254SP, and they are all very rare to find new and usually out of stock, very expensive also, so I don't think it's worth it.

I guess now if I want to buy a current Hitachi HD, I should be looking at the current Toshiba HDs?

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Thanks again continuum, I looked at the HGST's NAS line but I don't think they have 2TB models with less than 7200 RPM (I could be wrong).

Anyway, I looked around a bit what is available now and I think it comes down to these 2 models:

1. Toshiba PA4292E-1HL0 2TB, 5700 RPM, 32MB Cache
2. Toshiba E300 HDWA120 2TB, 5700 RPM, 64MB Cache
Do you guys know which model is manufactured earlier?
Which model you think is better choice and has a reputation to last longer?

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