flopticalcube wrote: ↑Jul 15th, 2017 9:33 pmThink of it this way. I would rather have a short warranty on a drive with a proven track record of high reliability than a long one on a drive without. Of far more importance than the drive, to me, is the data on it (or the hassle of reloading from backups).
It boiled down to what you are comfortable with and can sleep well at night with your decision. Both of you have valid points.ID01 wrote: ↑Jul 15th, 2017 10:27 pmThat is the part we disagree with I guess. All drives are going to fail. Preparation should be done before they fail anyway. Most of the hassle should have been out of the way. Reloading from backups should be relatively simple. So I rather buy something that are new over something that isn't likely to fail immediately but has no warranty after that.
Last weekend, I redeemed 50k SDM points to get a 3TB Seagate drive for $15+GST. I took the drive out of its enclosure and added to my NAS box with a 3TB WD drive as RAID 1. When one of these 2 drive fails, my data is still intact and give me a chance to swap out the bad drive with a good one.
Now, I know the HGST Ultrastar 3TB drive at eBay. I will wait for eBay/PayPal "$15 off for spending $75" promo to buy one as a replacement drive when one of my RAID drive fails. The replacement drive may be sitting in storage 1 or 2 years and I have no way to predict what will happen. Therefore, warranty will not matter much in my situation. I like to buy things that I need when it is on sale and keep them in storage.
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