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

By gary5646 ·
I have an HP DV2000 and I am stuck in between the following two upgrades:


They are the same price, same specs just different brand. I don't know too much about hard drives, I just need an opinion of an experienced owner of either drive.

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Both are the same speed

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Upgrading hard drive, sho ...

And price so all other things being equal I would chose the Seagate Drive. They come with a 3 year warranty and that is why I would go with Seagate.


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Western Digital has longer warranties and a great website

by david.paige In reply to Upgrading hard drive, sho ...

Western Digital Caviar (3.5-inch) and Scorpio (2.5-inch) Black drives have five-year warranty. They also have an excellent website for registering your hard drives. Their warranty replacement service is also first rate, as I discovered when I had to replace a WD drive a few months ago.

Most other hard drives, including Seagate, seem to have warranties no longer than 2 years. One other thing. You will probably notice the difference between a 5400 and 7200 rpm drive. Go for the 7200.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Western Digital has longe ...

Neither of the listed drives where 7200 both are 5400 drives.

Also the Seagate Warranty is 3 years and I've only ever had to replace 2 Seagate drives where as I've replaced lots of WD units over the years.

Both have very good warranty service though.

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by zazimi In reply to Western Digital has longe ...

HAL, they are both 7200rpm. That's half the point of the Black edition :)

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Western Digital has longe ...


I'm more than slightly lost with your response. What are both 720 RPM Drives the ones that the Original Poster Asked about are both 5400 RPM Drives the Seagate is listed as this

Hard Drive Specifications

Enclosure Internal
Capacity 500 GB
Speed 5,400 RPM
Interface SATA
Form Factor
Application LAPTOP
the WD Specifications are

Hewlett-Packard (HP) 575402-001 - 500GB 5.4K RPM SATA 2.5" Hard Drive (HDD)
Hewlett-Packard (HP) 575402-001 - 500GB SATA Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Both drives asked about are 5400 RPM Drives. I'm not disputing the benefits of faster HDD's in NB but when the OP asked about 2 particular drives I don't see the point in answering a question about drives that they didn't ask about.

They very specifically asked about 2 specific Drives and not any others so I assume that they have a reason for wanting to buy from this supplier and wants one of the drives that they asked about.

For that Reason I didn't make any mention of Samsung, Hitachi or other drives just the HP Supplied Seagate and the HP Supplied WD that they asked about.

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by felixq78 In reply to Western Digital has longe ...

I bought a Western Digital 2TB HD over a year ago and it started playing up. Took it to my local computer guy who sold it to me and he told me it was faulty. He sent it back to WD who replaced it with a new one "no questions asked" That's good warranty back up service, I'm very happy.

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WD vs Seagate

by Will S. In reply to Upgrading hard drive, sho ...

I typically recommend the WD Caviar Black to my clients because of WD's warranty and return policy. They have always responded quickly and efficiently for any RMA issues.

On the other hand, I have never done and RMA with Seagate...

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Actually, I just did a RMA with WD, after replacing a Seagate drive

by robo_dev In reply to Upgrading hard drive, sho ...

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.

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by RayL-NC In reply to Upgrading hard drive, sho ...

I have replaced a lot of hard drives over the years, and have seen both brands fail. My current preference of the two brands at the moment is Seagate because I have seen less fail. But it seems every few years that my opinion changes based on experiences. I start seeing more and more failures of a particular brand that I used to favor, and then my opinion will sway the other direction.

Wish you the best in your choice, and suspect either drive likely be just fine and reliable.

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by SmartAceW0LF In reply to Preferences

My own experiences mirror yours in this regard. These days, I never pass on the opportunity to emphasize the need for backups to my clients. Especially when replacing a faulty drive with a new one. Seems to be a coin toss which is best on any given day.

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