Around 18 months ago, I swapped a new hard drive into my bro-in-law's Toshiba laptop. The old one, Toshiba, of course, was beating it's heads on the case. The warranty replacement, from Toshiba, also a Toshiba drive, just exhibited the same issue around 6 months ago. The machine as been dead on my bench since then, until I finally gave up waiting on him and ordered a drive. As the laptop is not under warranty anymore, I was free to get something good, and nabbed him a WD Scorpio Blue, which overall just seems to be a relatively hard disk drive to kill.
But it struck me that recently I have been seeing more and more issues with Toshiba hardware. DVD-RW drives, hard disks, motherboards, and even my own set-top DVD player (which freed me to the world of Blu-ray; thanks for dying!). I am wondering if I am seeing a pattern, or if it is just an odd chance that everything Toshiba around me breaks.
My brothers Toshiba drive failed in their laptop, but it was not under a warranty so we replaced it with a WD Blue and is still working like a champ.
Western Digital for me.
Aye, what 3DGM said! WD has always good to me so far. They have great warranty's just in case anything ever does happen.
Back on topic though I too have noticed an issue with Toshiba. My sister's notebook had an issue just a lil more than a year after she purchased it. So, the warranty was no longer valid and she was forced to get a new drive. I've always believed it's hit and miss. I'm certain plenty of people have had problems with WD if one were to search a bit. Though for me I personally don't trust Samsung or Toshiba for drives. :/
My choices are usually WD or Hitachi. Seagate has been hit-or-miss for me for years, though I do have a pair of 7200RPM 250Gb drives from Seagate that just hit their 5-year-mark of CONSTANT ON-TIME without even a jitter.
I would go with Western Digital or Samsung. Toshiba (in my opinion)makes crap drives.
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