Hi, I am planing on using a couple of Seagate Barracuda 2TB drives (7200) in a RAID0 configuration for video editing. I have heard a lot about Seagate drives dieing and they have reduced there warranty to 1 year. They do have great price performance and I am on a bit of a budget. What do people advise?
All hard drives die. It is a matter of when, not if.
A 5-year warranty on a drive is nice and all, but that doesn't mean the drive will actually last 5 years. Getting my money back for a failed drive one year in wouldn't console me for any loss of data.
If you only have one copy of your data, you are a twist of fate away from having no copies of your data. No matter which drive you get, make sure you have a backup plan!
I had liked Seagate (prior to their bad run a couple years ago) and Hitachi (prior to being bought out by Western Digital). I'm not sure if it really matters anymore -- there are only three hard drive manufacturers left [link].
I think that a drive's class is probably more important than its brand; I'd stay away from the cheaper energy-saving "green" drives and stick to the more expensive performance or enterprise-class drives.
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