Which brand to choose for 6tb new drive

May I please have FOUR opinions please.  I will split the points 4 ways for the opinions.

The question: If you were to purchase a 6 tb mechanical hard drive to be used in a workstation desktop with 256 meg of ram, what brand would you choose and why? It will not be used for constant video use. My computer is a Dell 6810 Workstation with two 1 tb ssd drives and I wish to add the drive I am asking the question about.
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We have modern Seagate drives in machines here (none that large) but the Seagate drives have proven reliable over time
MASEE Solution Guide - Technical Dept HeadCommented:
I have used WD and Toshiba and found no issues.
Don S.Commented:
I would second that opinion.  I use mostly Seagate drives for my reliability needs.  Barracuda Black for the most part.  They have a different naming system now though.  Not sure what the current name is.
Big Business Goals? Which KPIs Will Help You

The most successful MSPs rely on metrics – known as key performance indicators (KPIs) – for making informed decisions that help their businesses thrive, rather than just survive. This eBook provides an overview of the most important KPIs used by top MSPs.

Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
I would never have a Seagate again after being stabbed in the back by them in the past.  Buy WD RE3 or RE4 server-rated drives.

Nor would I have a 6 TB drive.  That's begging for trouble unless it's configured in a mirroring RAID set.  6 TB of data is too big to back up to any conveniently sized drive and it would take ages to back it up to tape.  Buy 2TB or 4TB drives and at least mirror them.  Then later on when one gives up the ghost, you can say "My data is still intact but I better get that failed drive swapped out pronto."

Side note:  256 MB of RAM is awfully small for a workstation.  The standard these days is at least 4 GB.  Drop $100 and put at least 4 GB into it.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
While I may not have been abundantly clear, modern Seagate meant very new designs. Like all manufacturers, we have had issues some years back and more than Seagate as well.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I would go with RAIDed drives to this capacity instead of using single drive. The chance that a single drive fails is higher than a chance that 2 or 4 drives would fail.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
While I agree that no manufacturer WANTS to make a bad drive (they have to process the returns and consistently poor quality will lose big vendors like Dell, HP, and Lenovo and put them out of business... I do believe that, based on prior experience Seagate is awful.  I avoid them whenever possible and I cross my fingers when I use them.  

I have no problem using larger drives... Everyone is paranoid about the latest and greatest.  They are less tested merely because of time and for that reason you might be more cautious.  But ANY drive can fail, spinning, SSD, ANY!  If the data is important, you backup.  If the data availability is critical, you setup a RAID.  Otherwise, it depends on your use.  I'm fond of the backblaze reports - https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-q2-2018/
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Experts, ALL comments above are thought provoking leaving me with knowledge and the need to make some decisions. I might just go with two drives, identical in all ways and try to find a way to raid only those two drives. I now have WD black drives for the mechanical ones. I actually have a third unused one TB Samsung ssd intended for use in a laptop workstation that might suffice for a reliable backup if I buy another duplicate one and try to raid them. Many decisions must be made but you Experts have given me the food for thought to make a good decision. Thanks again.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
define: constant video use

Editing? Video Recording?
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
It is going to be used 95% for backup. I do use the computer with Camtasia occasionally. But the C & 
D driver are ssd and presumably fast Samsung items. I only mentioned no constant video use due to frequent failures in a surveillance NVR which have been solved with a WD purple drive.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If you are going to use it as backup storage then you need to go with RAID Mirror definitely. As you said it yourself, get two and make a mirror of them. This way you are on a safer side.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Dell

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.