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Hi,

I am looking for a 2,5" 2TB 9.5mm HDD that will be used for downloads and daily backups, so data will be written to it often. Then I guess I should be looking for a PMR disk but they look difficult to find these days.

Not really concerned about speed / performance, so could do with a 5,400 RPM disk. More concerned about durability and quality.

I could do with a 1TB disk as well provided it is worth going for it instead a 2TB Toshiba L200 (SMR) for example.

The M9T is too expensive.

I am ignoring all disks with a 128MB buffer, as they are SMR.

It has to be available on amazon.es, so these are the options / prices I have available:

  • Toshiba MQ01ABD100 1TB - 52€
  • HGST Travelstar 7K1000 1TB - 73€
  • Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB - 67€
  • WD Blue WD10JPVX 1TB - 54€

Which one would you choose? Or at least, which one you would never choose?

Please don't tell me a Seagate is the best I can get !?

Thanks!

 

 

Edited by DiWiT

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I'd definitely go for HGST. They are worth every penny. During the years I've had WDs, Seagates, Toshibas, HGSTs, 4 of each at least. HGSTs have by far the longest life. They usually offer a 5 year warranty, which says a lot about their life span. The oldest drives I have right now are two of them in a NAS that's been on non-stop for the last 6 years. Working like a charm.

I woudn't choose Seagate, they get very hot and are prone to short life span because of that.

And you don't need take my word for that, see some stats:

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2018/

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2017/

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2 minutes ago, Katy said:

I'd definitely go for HGST. They are worth every penny. During the years I've had WDs, Seagates, Toshibas, HGSTs, 4 of each at least. HGSTs have by far the longest life. They usually offer a 5 year warranty, which says a lot about their life span. The oldest drives I have right now are two of them in a NAS that's been on non-stop for the last 6 years. Working like a charm.

You don't need take my word for that, see some stats here:

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2018/

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2017/

Thanks, I know blackbaze and their stats. Would the Hitachi in my list not be the same as a HGST? (a part from that model being a 5.400 RPM drive instead of the 7.200 RPM of the HGST).

As I said, I do not care that much about performance, so if the Hitachi is as good (durability, quality) as the HGST, I could save 15€ there.

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Definitely. Hitachi drives are manufactured by HGST. Well, better said, were manufactured. HGST has been finally devoured by WD, which is an absolute shame. Buy it while you still can :)

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Sorry, so you mean "go for the Hitachi" or "go for the HGST", from the ones in the list ?

EDIT: found another (reputable) shop where I can get the HGST 7K1000 for ~73€, so I think I will go for that one.

Thanks!

 

Edited by DiWiT

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I have both the Samsung M9T and Toshiba L200 2TB drives installed. The L200 is a good bit faster in my benchmarking. Never been certain if it is SMR.

M9T has been in service for 3+ years. L200 for about 6 months. No issues with either.

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4 hours ago, reader50 said:

This one is a 3.5" drive.

thanks, updated my main post.

5 hours ago, reader50 said:

I have both the Samsung M9T and Toshiba L200 2TB drives installed. The L200 is a good bit faster in my benchmarking. Never been certain if it is SMR.

M9T has been in service for 3+ years. L200 for about 6 months. No issues with either.

It has 128MB buffer, so it likely is.

M9T is too expensive unfortunately, and TBH, I am not sure it is better than the 7K1000...

So, if no one says the opposite, I'll be buying the 7K1000 for 73€ tonight.

 

EDIT: 7K1000 bought, thanks!

Edited by DiWiT

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That's not quite accurate. HGST did not sell their entire 3.5" business to Toshiba. Only enough to allow Toshiba to immediately enter the consumer market as a real competitor. HGST retained plenty of 3.5" assets, and continued to sell them. With newer models introduced for years.

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Right, there were certain product lines and tech that Toshiba ended up getting. They're largely closed the gap now though.

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