The best hard drives??

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Wed Nov 18 16:03:07 CST 2020

> On Nov 18, 2020, at 4:53 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Nov 2020, Ethan O'Toole via cctalk wrote:
>>>>     Do you think that we can get back to the original question??
>>> Knowing this list, that won't happen.
>> HGST!
> I apologize to Al for S/N ratio.
> I honestly have little or nothing to offer, but appreciate reading it - lately I have had need of a bunch of 2.5" SATA drives for my Seagatre GoFlex-TV video streamers, so I have been shucking (thanks for filling me in on the correct term!) Seagate 2TB Backup Plus externals.
> I am pleased that 2TB SSD is now avaailable.
> But, I will now try some of the HGST 2.5" SATA drives.

I don't have much to offer; my experience with enterprise class HDDs is mostly SAS (unless you go way back over 10 years).  I didn't even know that such a thing as "enterprise class SATA" exists.

One caution: I can't point to any manufacturer as "always good" or "always bad".  The reality is that drive design is an incredibly hairy job, and small issues can appear in a given model to mess up the reliability of a particular design.  Sometimes those design issues don't appear until some time after release.

In other words, the fact that brand X has really good 4 TB drives doesn't necessarily tell you much about their 8 TB drives.  Conversely, if brand Y had a bad implementation of 3 TB drives, that probably doesn't carry over to later models (not even later models in the same size, let alone in different sizes).

If you run your drives in a well cooled enclosure, that will help.  I've seen some drives that became problematic when run at the high end of their temperature specs, as might happen in high powered servers or in storage arrays with lots of drives in a small enclosure.  Some failure modes are related to temperature, and if your drives are well below the spec limit that will help.

Conversely, do pay attention to HDD temperature specs.  Those numbers should be taken seriously.  A lot of electronics can be run moderately over temperature without serious consequences, but the mechanics of hard drives are often far less forgiving.


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