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Build your own eSata 400 GB drive for $100

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by emrmc, Aug 24, 2007.

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  1. Sharkie_Fan

    Sharkie_Fan Hall Of Fame

    Sep 26, 2006
    There are alot of reasons why I'd buy the calvary over the Seagate.... if I was in the market...

    First off, the few reviews I've seen on the Calvary have been good. Granted I haven't really "studied", since I'm not looking for an eSATA solution at this particular moment.... It's quieter and faster than the Seagate drive.

    Second, I don't particularly like Seagate products. This is a personal preference, of course, but over the years, the seagate drives I've had were NOISY... something I don't care for... So I haven't bought a seagate drive in quite some time.

    And finally, in 25 years of computer use... I've never had a hard drive fail on me.... I don't tend to keep my electronic equipment until it dies on me... A few years and there's a newer, bigger, better, shinier toy that I need to add to my collection... So, for my type of use... 1 yr vs. 5 yr warranty is a negligible advantage... Sure, I could get burned someday, but, knock on wood, I haven't yet, so the length of the warranty isn't of great consideration to me...

    But... that's just me...
  2. tnedator

    tnedator AllStar

    Apr 29, 2006
    Also in around 25 years of computer use (granted 25 years ago the computers I had didn't have hard drives), I have had numerous hard drives fail. More specifically, I have had at least 4 maxtors die in various Tivo machines. I had a 250 gig seagate that was my system drive and less than six months old die earlier this year, last year I had another system drive (Quantum or Maxtor) die.

    At work, we only use Raid setups for prodution servers, because hard drive failures are a way of life. I would conservatively guess that we have something more than 250 drives in servers (most in some type of raid setup) and we probably have somewhere between 2-7% of those fail each year.

    Hard drive failures are a fairly common occurrence. There is really no way to predict when, because some will fail in days, others weeks, others months, and some will go years before failing.

    Over the years, the most 'reliable' drives seem to change, but the last few years we have found WD and Seagate to be the most reliable.
  3. Sharkie_Fan

    Sharkie_Fan Hall Of Fame

    Sep 26, 2006
    I don't deny that hard drive failures are a fairly common occurrance... At work, we also use RAIDs to store our critical data... though we have yet to have a drive fail, we realize that the possibility exists and so we take precautions against it... It's not completely surprising that you see failures with the quantity of drives you have... we have only a single array, and so there are fewer devices to fail...

    I only mentioned my lack of HD failure in this thread as a reason why the 5 year warranty offered by Seagate is not a big selling point for me personally... If I was buying a drive for my HR20, I don't consider that to be "critical data" (though I realize some people do)... So I wouldn't buy a product like the Seagate drive, which I don't particularly care for, simply because of the warranty...

    If someone didn't have an aversion to Seagate, and was planning on having this drive long term, I understand why the 5 year warranty is appealing.... it just isn't to me, personally...
  4. georgeorwell

    georgeorwell AllStar

    Jun 21, 2007
    Have you used this particular Seagate drive (Free Agent 750)? It has no fan and is whisper quiet. I don't know how any hard drive could be quieter when it makes no sound at all.
  5. ShiningBengal

    ShiningBengal Godfather

    Jan 24, 2003
    And how would you get the HR20 to recognize a RAID configuration--without hacking it, of course (assuming there exists a hack for this purpose)? AFAIK, you can run a hardware RAID solution (no can do, since there is no place to put a RAID card) or a software solution (=hack the HR20). Again, a problem.

    I'm just techie savvy enough to get me in trouble, so don't flame me. This is an honest question.;)
  6. dsm

    dsm Godfather

    Jul 11, 2004
    Some of the esata boxes have Raid support built in. Those boxes are more than just a cage and can cost a lot more than the <$20 one the OP mentioned.

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