So, after my fun with my Samsung 830s, it turns out that my r5 array decided to crap out a disk. Performance got worse till one day I found the array disabled, powered it up and one of the drives makes about 11 'click-chunk' sounds before powering off. Unfortunately I had been using one of the drives as a temporary solution till I figured things out with Samsung (yay) and I lost my array. Part my fault, part Seagates fault, part **** luck. Luckily it was mainly media which I had archived.
Anyway the array had four Seagate 7200.11 drives in it, you know, the ones with legendary horrible reliability. To their credit they lasted four years (I bought them in 2009), but they only came with a two year warranty so I'm screwed as far as that goes. I was looking online for some replacements and I figured drives would've come further, but they haven't... it seems like the entire mechanical hard drive sector is in a downward spiral. Browsing Newegg most of the 1.2-2TB drives are pretty decent, the older models. Toshiba heading up the cheapest drives has some shotty reviews. Going a bit deeper and looking at the 2.5-3TB selection, almost all the manufacturers have horrible reliability. All of them, Seagate, WD, Hiatchi have god awful reviews.
The reviews themselves are of particular concern, where people are noting failures as soon as they're powered on (DoA) to within a few weeks, to a couple months. Their short term reliability is horrible. Of course you're less likely to find reviews from people who have owned the drive for +1 year because they care less, so they more then likely don't spend time reporting the drives death (which means these stats could get even worse). I know lemons are one thing, but it's not like these reviews occurred during a particular time period, they're popping up with regular frequency.
Hard drives from both manufacturers used to last a heck of a lot longer. It's not just the warranty that decreased, the quality decreased along with it. I remember shopping around on newegg in the 00s and popular hard drives had 4.5~ eggs. It really makes me wonder if the flood in Taiwan has given the manufacturers an excuse to make a subpar product and sell it to pad their margin lines. It seems as though people have just accepted it too, there really aren't any alternatives for drives as they all seem to be coming up with the same stats. Both Samsung and Hitachi have been bought out, Maxter was also bought up for what little alternative they offered so long ago. Now we have WD and Seagate and they both seem to have some sort of alliance to produce crappy hard drives.http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... geSize=100http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi ... rchInDesc=
Looking at stuff like this, I really pitty people who run a single hard drive without any sort of redundancy (backup or raid). It almost seems like they're guaranteed to lose their data within two years. I still have plenty of hard drives from early 00s that work perfectly fine, including two 7200.9 drives.