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Beau L.

Q. visitor asked, Just upgrade my motherboard after a failure. Got all working, then started having trouble with the hard drives. The old ones were Seagate 250MB. They started to fail with SMART errors. One is not even showing. Got any recommendations on reliable HDD manufaturer?

Just upgrade my motherboard after a failure. Got all working, then started having trouble with the hard drives. The old ones were Seagate 250MB. They started to fail with SMART errors. One is not even showing. Got any recommendations on reliable HDD manufaturer?
Alex G.
Oh no! Failures are never fun! So now you're looking to replace your hard drive? What sort of application will you be using them for?
Do you have a certain size you were looking for?
I did not use all the capacity on my 250's. They were in a RAID 10 array. This is for basic desktop applications. Thinking of doubling the capacity. Can't justify more at this time.
Alex G.
Oooh okay. So when the one failed it took them all down? I added a HDD to your "Ideas" tab. If you click on that tab it will take you to the product page for the HDD.
If you're more concerned with speed than capacity I can recommend a few SSD's instead. They're extremely fast but low on capacity.
No. The one failed. Go new one. The a second one failed. So, I see no reason to keep this game going. Want to replace all with a new set. Mostly interested in reliability over speed. Don't need a huge amount of capacity, but we have plenty of family photos and movies to store.
Alex G.
Okay, but you would like to keep doing it in Raid? If you got one single SSD the speed would still be faster. Also, it would be more reliable than a RAID array as well. Do you have a price range you'd like to stay in?
The only reason to put something in RAID is for speed bonus. However, a RAID array can make things less reliable. Since speed ins't as important as reliability you could get one single HDD or SSD.
The HDD that I put in your ideas tab will have a TON of space as well as being very reliable. Western Digital is known for making solid products.
OK. I will consider SSD. At this time, 500 MB should do.
Does WD make good SSDs?
Alex G.
WD doesn't currently have a strong presence in the SSD market. They're known for their HDD's. Samsung is the best manufacturer when it comes to SSD's.
However, SSD's are more expensive.
There are no moving parts in SSD's which makes them more reliable.
While I don't have an unlimited budget, I will do my homework and compare price/storage for the SSD. Thank you for the advice, Alex. Appreciate it.
Alex G.
I added an SSD to your page. It's 250gb and costs 79.99.
Homework is important. I'm glad I could throw a couple of options your way. If you ever need help or have any questions please don't hesitate to open another chat!
Will do. Thanks.
Alex G.
Thanks, have a great day!
Alex G.
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