Okay, so you don't want to compare the only Western Digital drive that matches the basic specifications of the Seagate ST3000DM001 in this deal because it's targeted at a different market.
Has any Western Digital 7200 rpm SATA3 hard-drive with 64MB of cache ever been available for less than $30/TB, delivered?
No, but I won't touch Seagates. Too many issues with 'cuda firmware. Too many DOAs in my experience. Too many dead drives over 15 years of being employed as a tech.
Right now I'm staring at a less than 1 year old 2TB Barracuda LP that lived a gentle life clicking, and clicking, and clicking. Good thing I have backups.
My RAID 5 of WD Greens however - still rocking along like a champ after almost 2 years, zero TLER-related dropoffs, zero problems. I paid less than $80/ea for these drives before the floods. I also widely spec these drives in NAS, though I'm starting to rec the Reds.
To me, paying more for a drive is worth it for it to be not a Seagate. My dad worked for Seagate (as the senior line engineer for the Anaheim fab) in the late 90's and he feels the same way about them now.
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