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Portable HDD: WD 2TB $85.6 / WD 4TB $155.2 / Segate 4TB $151.2 C&C @ Bing Lee eBay

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    WD or Seagate?
    whats the consensus on reliability?

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      They're both quite similar. On WD posts people many people comment 'Don't touch WD, my WD drives died on me' and on Seagate posts there's people commenting 'Don't touch Seagate, my Seagate Drives died on me' followed by the replies of 'I've been using my (brand) drive for years and it's still going strong'.

      Amazon reviews:
      Seagate Backup Plus: 4.2/5 stars from 13105 reviews, 12% 1-star reviews
      WD My Passport: 4.4/5 stars from 2958 reviews, 9% 1-star reviews

      Based on Amazon reviews I'll more likely go with WD since they're both at a close price point.

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      As with common backup practices, it's not wise to put all your eggs in one basket.
      If you use many hard drives, it's best to spread them around on different brands.

      In my experience, I have more dead Seagates than WD.

      By the number of Seagate deals on popping up on here, I hope no one is stocking up on Seagate drives only.

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      I got a WD hard drive 512gb back when I was a kid 8-9 years ago, it failed on me once after I dropped it and WD approved my warranty claim, great service.
      Every since it has been working, first and external hard drive and current.

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      r/datahoarder seems to be quite convinced WD > Seagate, I'd be inclined to take their experiences fairly seriously given the sample size vs random responses from people who own maybe 1 or 2 drives.

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    I've lost two Seagate drives, so I won't use them. But I'm sure someone else will have lost two WD drives and will only use Seagate.

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      +1. I lost 2 Seagate drives. Brand new as well.

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        Same here. I've lost more than 2 Seagates over the years.
        Now, I only buy HDs in pairs for backup.

        Especially with how large these drives are these days.
        It'd be too painful to lose 5TB of data.

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      I've literally lost count of how many external desktop Seagates I've lost. Somewhere north of 6. They were super reliable up to the 2TB era, even on the 2.5 inch self powered usb devices. The 3TB Seagate drives I bought are mostly dead now. There are 3 remaining on my desk. I started replacing them with 4TB WD and they certainly seem to be lasting longer. Less heat issues. None dead so far.

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    Add $9 postage unless you live in Sydney and can pick up from store.

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    Forget sea gate vs wd I’m stuck on colour choice now

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    Good price for the WD 2TB, considering that it's the newer model

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    Just another to throw in the mix: Seagate Expansion 4TB Portable External Hard Drive $139.50 @ Amazon

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    Can the WD 2tb portable drive be removed from the case and put into a laptop? My laptop has a 128gb SSD and a 1tb drive ATM and I want to replace the 1tb drive

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