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So, my 80GB Maxtor IDE drive is taking a dump. A couple of months ago, it was making weird "clicking" sounds every once in awhile. It didn't really do anything other than make that noise, so I dismissed it without further thought. In the past week though, this clicking noise has been causing Windows to crash. It also displays "disk errors" in the event log for the system. I ran Sea Tools for DOS and it failed the read test. Apparently theres bad sectors or something. Anyway, Sea Tools told me the problem can be resolved by a zero fill of the drive... but the drive is nearly 5 years old now, and I think it's best if I just replace it.

I'm down to a 250GB Seagate or Western Digital SATA drive. I can't choose which one. Now that Seagate owns Maxtor, I'm kind of shying away because I don't want another Maxtor drive (yah I know this one is 4 years old now, and it was probably due to die... but still...). I've been reading great reviews on WD drives, but also some recommendations to Seagate. As it stands, they're pretty much priced the same. The Seagate is only $2 less than the WD. So... which one?

Also, do I need to use my SATA/RAID controller disk in Windows setup (Press F6 to install drivers)? I get conflicting reviews on this as well. My friend did not use a disk at all for his 250GB Maxtor SATA drive when installing Windows, and it went just fine. Should I just do it anyway?

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If by RAID disk, you mean RAID/SATA drivers on a floppy then yes.

Also, get a drive with perpendicular recording. The 7200.10's are amazing drives and I will eventually grab another 160GB 7200.10 for RAID 0.
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I'm not doing RAID or anything. They're just going to be normal SATA drives. I don't really have the money for that kind of thing... to be honest, I'd rather be spending this cash on a case as I'm only doing this because I'm worried this drive may completely crap right out on me very soon.
    
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If you're not doing a RAID (or planning one in the future) then there is no reason to install RAID drivers.

As to your hard drive question, I would recommend the Seagate, even if it was $20 more than the WD. If you check all my systems, you will see that Seagate is featured prominently

FYI, Seagate and Maxtor merged, so Maxtor's quality should be improving, but for my money, I always go Seagate, unless it's free and a non-vital drive.
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Thanks for the help, but you were a wee bit late

I went out last night and picked up the 250GB WD drive. It's performing beautifully. I'm very happy with the purchase. Now I just need to get the other hard drive hooked up at the same time, to drag things across to the new one. It is possible to have them both hooked up at the same time, given they are IDE and SATA... right?
    
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You got a SATA2 Western Digital Drive over a Seagate Barrcuda 7200.10 with Perp? I would strongly recommend getting a Segate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB Hard Drive (with Perpendicular Recording Technology), espeically if you are going to install RAID Drivers. Raid 7200.10's beat out Raptors and have a much better Space : Price Ratio.

I would look into returning that WD while you still haven't installed a bunch of programs.

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SEAGATE!!!!! Just my preference, but they haven't failed me yet. I have a 4 year old 160GB IDE drive that is still going strong. Two newer 160GB SATA in a RAID0, and a brand new 500GB external eSATA that I'm loving. All Seagate.
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