Is one hard drive better than another?

Updated: 06/30/2020 by Computer Hope
Computer hard drive

It's difficult to answer this question because the answer is based on the user's experience with a drive. Users tend to prefer the drives of one manufacturer to others, without having tried the competition.

Computer Hope has had good and bad luck with every manufacturer and does not believe that one manufacturer is better than another. We believe that every company can experience issues with their products regardless of their name. We recommend reading reviews about the drive you are interested in on popular sites, such as Amazon and Newegg.


If you are more interested in the speed of a drive than the amount of data it can hold, we highly recommend you consider upgrading to an SSD (solid-state drive).

Hard drive study

For those who are interested in reading more about failure patterns with hard drives, we highly recommend reading the Google Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population paper. This paper goes into great details how hard drives fail and the typical causes of hard drive failures.