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

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Mike R Lewis

Over the years, I've bought four internal and three external Seagate drives. I then bought an external WD which was DOA.

One problem I've noticed with all three external Seagates is that the USB port hole does not align well with the USB socket. In the worst case, wiggling the connector to get it in fried the USB circuit of the drive. The only way to retrieve the hard disk inside seemed to be with a chainsaw. Fortunately, I had multiple backups.

To avoid frying more USB circuits, I now connect the USB cable then the power cable. If I'm feeling particularly paranoid, I unplug the USB cable from the computer before connecting it to the drive. I don't always do that as the USB sockets on computers wear out and fail over time.