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Upgrading hard drive, should it be Seagate or Western Digital?

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Personally, I like WD, their warranty is better. I had to attempt data recovery on a co-worker's Seagate that had the 'click of death' two years ago (data was NOT recoverable).

I replaced it with a WD Caviar. After two years, Windows would not start. The drive failed SMART diags BUT ALL data was recovered.

Believe it or not, the owner had just done a full backup (as I recommended she do after losing all her data once), and when she restarted the PC that same day, Windows went BSOD, as the drive was having issues.

I swapped it thru WD, no problem. I simply entered the serial number in their website and it said 'in warranty'...I then registered the drive to get a RMA number, shipped it to them ($10 of my cost) and it took about a week to get a replacement.