Originally Posted by kennymester
Never had a problem with my Hitachi's, I still have a 10 year old Hitachi running in one of my folding rigs.
Back in 2002 I think, the IBM DeskStar 60GXP was the absolute performance king, all the reviews spoke highly of it, despite being quite noisy (more than a Raptor). However, during a one year warranty period 3 have failed, while the web was full of people complaining about the same thing. After this, the IBMs have earned the DeathStar nickname, and it eventually lead IBM to sell their HDD division to Hitachi. It was quite unfortunate, because from the same series, the 40GXP and 75GXP were quite good, but the "mainstream" part failed miserably.
The good - I still have a 1995 working WD Caviar 1.2GB (came with the P1 133), a 4.3GB WD Caviar (came with a Celeron 433) and a 40GB Maxtor 5400rpm bought in 2001 for my Duron 1000 rig.
The ugly - There are two that failed: IBM's 60GXP and a Maxtor Maxline 10 SATA2 250GB toasted while being mounted on a nF3 250mobo which didn't support Maxtors.
The reason I've made this pool is to avoid this kind of thing. The Maxline 10 was the best at random access patterns, but woops, incompatible. I've seen no review to underline that, although it was a pretty common issue.
Any other ideas while we're at it?