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I am going to be building a new PC here very shortly. For a long time I was quite convinced that I should get the Raptor as my hard drive. I just now started thinking maybe I should go for something different with more space. I started looking at newegg for hard drives other then the raptor and I found this Seagate hard drive and it was first on the list for top sellers. I read about 20 of the reviews and I was convinced maybe I should get this hard drive instead; it is $100 cheaper, holds 100GB more and many of the reviews said it was quiet and really fast.

So my question to you is should I get the Raptor or are there better, cheaper, and higher capacity options out there? Will I really notice the performance increase becuase of the Raptor's high RPM? I remember one guy on another message board was telling me I won’t notice the performance increase on a Raptor and I should go for a higher capacity drive. He also mentioned I should look at Seagates. And are there other hard drives you would recommend other then the Seagate hard drive I listed?

Thanks for any help.
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In the last few years, WD drives have been know to die suddenly without warning. I've lost two this way. The strange thin is, those drives only came with a 1yr warranty. The longer warranty WD drives tend to last longer well beyond the warranty expiration.

I've switched over to Seagate since AMD came out with the Athlon XP processors. Not once did any Seagate drives die or go bad with my data.

Stay away from Quantum drives. I've had four FireBall drives die by heat and lockups.

Amazingly, I had a Conner 330Mb drive that last from the 386/DX days. That's dating things some. The drive is still good today, but with USB jump drives being so cheap for over 1Gb it's rather useless running it any more.

Seagate offers a good warranty and life over many of the other brands today. Years ago, Seagates were trouble. Things have changed for the better in the last decade for Seagate to be on top of the heap for being reliable and dependable.
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