Suggestions for a reliable Internal Hard Drive for Dell XPS Desktop?

Posted on 2014-08-18
Last Modified: 2016-06-26
Hello experts,

Based on your vast experience, could you guys suggest a reliable HDD for Dell XPS 8700 desktop?

I understand that HDDs are never reliable and frequent backups are to be made for important data.

I really like Western Digital Red drives and was wondering what other drives are comparatively better..

Thanks for your time and insights.
Question by:focus15
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    by:Alan Henderson
    Buy any reasonably priced solid state drive.

    The prices have now become affordable, the drives reliable, and the performance gains are staggering.

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    Thanks Alan.. I just installed the OS on a 250GB SSD 3 days ago :) I should have mentioned that.. My bad.

    I'm looking for a good drive (at least 3 TB) for my data..
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    At similar performance as WD's RED drives, you can also opt for Seagate's NAS HDD's, which are available in 3Tb as well.

    Reliability and performance are expected to be better in these kinds of hard drives, but then again, they might fail as well.  

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    Similar product lines:

    WD Blue/Green/Black = Seagate Barracuda or Desktop Series
    WD Red/Purple = Seagate NAS series
    WD SE/RE = Seagate Constellation ES.3
    WS XE = Seagate Savvio Series

    They both make fine products. These days, the cost of near-line enterprise grade drives (the WD SE/RE and Seagate Constellation ES.3 series) have come down sufficiently that it's not unreasonable to put them into NAS, small servers and even high end desktop machines. I put Seagate Constellation ES.3 disks into all of my computers that need real storage.

    If you want SSDs, the Samsung 840 Evo series is normally my "go-to" consumer-grade solid state disk
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    I posted this at your other question, but will post it here, too.

    I've never had a WD Red drive fail (have had numerous failures with WD Green drives), so I haven't looked for anything better than WD Red and do not know what to recommend. This article may help:

    Note the link to the full study:

    Indicates that Hitachi has the best numbers. Their 3TB GST Deskstar 5K3000 had an annual failure rate of just 0.9%, while the 3TB WD Red was 3.2%. Regards, Joe
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    WD Reds,  Seagate NAS, and HGST NAS units are the 3 units I'd look at.

    The HGST units are very highly rated by backblaze, which shows them with the lowest failure rates of the 3 ... WD's next, and Seagate has the worst.

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    Thanks  a lot everyone.. Will be the lookout for HGST Deskstar NAS price drops. Great reviews everywhere..

    Since WD has acquired Hitachi, I guess they can't be worse than WD Red.

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