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In comparison tests, there aren't really a big difference on speed though.
exactly which is another reason I hate hearing people ***** about who has a better drive...GET ONE, BE HAPPY AND STOP BLAMING THE COMPANIES!!!! half the time any error is a USER error...
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post #12 of 22
Try 90%

People are they need to be lined up and so the rest of us could in peace
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Yeah I know...-swigs vodka-
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post #14 of 22
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Try 90%

People are they need to be lined up and so the rest of us could in peace
Amen... Its just a matter of warranties IMO do you want a 3 yrs warranty or 5?
    
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post #15 of 22
Ofcause there are small diferences, like the DB level might wary a bit, how hot they run, and warranty as you say, but after 3 years most of us are changing into something 5 times faster and 10 times bigger anyway. All in all, you just have to find one that fits your temper.
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I would recommend Hitachi - superb drives. They dont heat up very easily either. I have no case fans atm and when the drive is under full read\\write load at never gets above 40. These drives are also pretty fast when the acoustic management is turned off.
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post #17 of 22
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http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ion-brand.html

On the sideline: I would really like to know if people themselves have had problems with Maxtor, or if they just heard something from a cousins ants babybrother?

It seems to me a bit strange, that so many computers are OEM'd with these oh so faulty discs!

Please cut the rumours, and stick to what you know for a fact.
I have had 2 Maxtor's die on me, and they weren't that old. 2 years on the first, and I think 2 years 7 months on the second.

As for OEM, I pulled apart an old eMachine system last month that had a Seagate as OEM, my 6 year old gateway had a Hitachi IIRC, and a Dell a friend of mine had used a Segate as well.

The drive's pre-built companies use has very little to do with quality, and very much to do with cost per unit. If they can save $10 per drive on an order of 20,000 by going with Seagate over WD, then they will use Seagate, and vis versus.

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I onse had a WD, and also a Hitashi disc fail on me. Does that make tham bad brands?
No.





My personal recomendation is

Seagate
Western Digital
Hitachi
Maxtor
post #18 of 22
As said before. HD's die at one point in time. If it's within the first few years it's most likely to user error. (heat, bumping, excessive use).

And yes there is such a thing as excessive use for an HD. You don't buy a small FIAT if you intend on driving half a milion miles a year either, and that's often the problem in these cases. People buy a cheap disc. Use it as a serverdisc, always working. Then it brakes, and people ***** about theire disc that didn't last as long as an expensive SCSI HD would. Well you didn't pay for it to last, so why should it??
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post #19 of 22
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http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...ion-brand.html

On the sideline: I would really like to know if people themselves have had problems with Maxtor, or if they just heard something from a cousins ants babybrother?

It seems to me a bit strange, that so many computers are OEM'd with these oh so faulty discs!

Please cut the rumours, and stick to what you know for a fact.

I onse had a WD, and also a Hitashi disc fail on me. Does that make tham bad brands?
After having to mass-replace 50 Maxtor drives at one of my jobs (NISC) within a month, having them drop like flies, tends to make me skittish about buying any drives from them. They ran so hot I couldn't touch them without letting them cool down.

On the other hand, I did not see one single Western Digital or Seagate desktop drive fail. My original raptor was DOA, but after a quick call to them (they transferred me to enterprise support, advanced RMA'd it, and two days later I had my replacement, which has been running like a top). They're good, solid disks (I have one 74 gig raptor, and 2 250 gig seagates striped - very good performance from all of them).

Laptop disks are another story. When it comes to laptop disks, Seagate wouldn't be my first choice - saw 3 of them fail at that same job. I didn't see any western digital laptop drives in those notebooks, but I did see a few hitachi drives - none of which failed. I personally have 2 hitachi laptop drives - one is a 7K60, and it flies like hell, and I've never had a problem with them. So here are my recommendations (from personal experience)

Desktop - Western Digital or Seagate
Laptop - Hitachi
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Western Digital Caviar WD2500KS: The WD2500KS is built on an older platform, evidenced most clearly by its less dense, 83-gigabyte platters. It nonetheless offers above-average performance and manages to capture the number one slot in the Office DriveMark as well as our World of Warcraft trace. The drive's idle noise floor is not nearly as loud as objective measurements may suggest. It also offers the coolest overall operation of all drives in the roundup. The Caviar is the only review drive that does not offer NCQ - while this is no drawback in single-user applications, the drive's scores suffer under multi-user patterns.

We would be remiss without noting that, overall, performance differences between all five contenders remain relatively small. These days, 250 gigabyte SATA drives are commodities; all players have honed their offerings down to levels where distinguishing between them on the basis of performance, environmental factors, and price can be quite difficult. Absolute fastest? Hitachi. Least expensive? Maxtor. Quietest? Samsung. None of these factors matter? Choose your favorite brand.

As demonstrated by drives from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital, one does give up more than sheer space when moving down to a commodity 250 gigabyte drive from a capacious flagship. Also, Maxtor and Samsung both have larger units right around the corner. Keep this in mind when allocating your budget towards various components... a bit more dough gets you more capacity and more speed.
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